Thousands participate in Bike to Work Day

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Friday, thousands of people hit the road to head to work, but they won’t be in their car. They’ll be on their bike.

More than 15 hundred cyclists are expected to ride into work Friday. Many people drove to local YMCA facilities to meet up, and then rode their bikes downtown together.

Bike to Work Day is a nationwide event to promote a healthy lifestyle and to cut down on pollution. It has been going on for several years, and has really started to grow in popularity recently.  The last two years, Indianapolis saw record numbers of cyclists.

One of the biggest supporters is Mayor Greg Ballard, “We want to showcase that bicycling is a viable option and really try to get more people on bicycles. It’s a healthier option and now with bike lanes and trails really coming forth, it becomes a really viable option for a lot of people and we’re just highlighting that.”

The Mayor was talking about all the bike lanes added in recent years, along with the Cultural Trail, which have given bicyclists a friendlier place to ride. In fact, he’s been invited to other cities to talk about what Indy’s bike infrastructure. He’s headed to Portland, Oregon, in a few months to do it again.

Bicyclists can get free bike parking at the Indy bike hub downtown at Market Street and Alabama Street all day Friday, as well.

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