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Posted: April 26, 2014

Drop down to 2 wheels for Bike to Work Week

May has finally arrived, and with it comes National Bike to Work (and school) month.

The kids will get into the act first with their Bike to School Day set for Wednesday, May 7. That will be a day to take extra care as you’re driving Maine roads in the morning and when schools get out. Several schools will be hosting rides and rodeos this month. Districts already committed to cycling events include: Andover, Biddeford, Brunswick, Cutler, Hallowell, Howland, Indian Township, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Lincoln, Machias, Madawaska, Madison, Monmouth, Old Town, Pittsfield, Portland, Scarborough, Solon, South Portland, Strong, Topsham, Waterville and York.

The adults get their chance during the week of May 12-16, which is officially National Bike to Work Week.

May 12-16 in National Bike to Work Week. Shutterstock photo

Leave the car in the driveway for that week, pack your lunch in your backpack and saddle up your road bike, mountain bike, cruiser or recumbent bike for the ride to work and back. It’ll be a good way to wake you up before you get to the office, and you may even find you’re more productive than when you spend precious time sitting in traffic in your car.

Plenty of people around Maine use their bikes to get to work every day – despite rain, snow and those two days every summer when temps soar into the 90s. Consider yourself successful if you can do it just once.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is planning an event on May 16 to wrap up Bike Week. Check the BCM Facebook page for update details.

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