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Bike to Work Week kicks off in Michiana

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Around 800 people are expected to participate in Bike to Work Week Around 800 people are expected to participate in Bike to Work Week
Expect to see more bikes on the road because it's Bike to Work Week in Michiana. This is the 5th annual Bike to Work put on by the Bike Michiana Coalition. Members of the group expect over 800 bicyclists to ride to work riding over 20,000 miles in all.

Outpost Sports Owner J.V. Peacock in a member of the Bike Michiana Coalition and used to run the event. He knows what people should expect for the week."Michiana if you see people on a bike respect them because there's a lot more people on bikes this week,” Peacock said.

With that many people expected pedaling along on the streets, Chair of the Bike Michiana Coalition and event overseer Karen Haun stresses one thing. "Everybody needs to share the road and we'll all get there safely," Haun said.

In order to ensure your safety there are a number of important reminders. Bicyclists must obey the rules of the road just like a motor vehicle would. They should also wear a helmet, wear bright and reflective clothing, use proper hand signals and use bike lanes if they are available.

Mishawaka Police Lt. Tim Williams stresses driving with traffic is one of the most important reminders riders should know. "If you happen to hit a rock or you happen to be falling off the bicycle that driver can react to what they're seeing ahead of them," Williams said.

Williams also wants to remind bicyclists they can be ticketed just like a car if they do break the law.

Peacock says this week is the perfect time for people who have never rode their bikes to work to give it a try. "People will try for the first time this week and they'll go 'wow, I can bike to work.' So a lot of people will get hooked to riding to work this summer by doing it this week."

While the event is aimed for work, it's meant for the whole family to participate. Eight-year-old Leif Wahlen rode his bike to school. He says it was fun, but also reminds us biking is a workout. "I didn't feel like running at recess at school because my legs started hurting," Wahlen said.

There are a number of businesses and restaurants offering free meals and promotions to people who ride to increase the number of participants. Bike to Work Week runs through Saturday, June 14.

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