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Bike to Work Day in New Britain Friday

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If you’re into bicycle riding, you will want to participate in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19.

The event is part of Bike Walk Connecticut.

Bike Walk Connecticut is changing the culture of transportation through advocacy and education to make bicycling and walking safe, feasible and attractive for a healthier, cleaner Connecticut.

On Friday, New Britain riders will meet at Central Park between 7-8:30 a.m. for a free breakfast before heading off to work. It is sponsored by Bike New Britain.

“Bike to Work Day is an opportunity to highlight the many bike-friendly policies and infrastructure improvements we’ve added since being named a Bike Friendly Community in 2013,” said Mary Erin E. Stewart. “We are one of only eight communities in Connecticut to receive this designation and we are proud of the efforts we’ve made to give individuals an alternative to driving to work in a car. We’ve added additional bike lanes, more bike racks, and made other changes to ensure that residents, visitors, and commuters have a safe and enjoyable ride while traveling on our roadways.”

Hundreds of people from throughout the Capitol Region are expected to take to the streets, many for the first time.

“May 19 is a day when people across Connecticut and the United States come together to bike to work, but it’s not just about cycling,” said Adina Giannelli, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut. “Bike to Work Day raises the profile of cycling in our communities and highlights the need for infrastructure, policy, and street plans that support cyclists and walkers.”

Bike commuting reduces traffic, avoids pollution, saves gas, and burns calories. More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a fun and feasible way to get to work.

Newbies, veteran commuters and everyone in between are encouraged to pledge to Bike to Work then ride on May 19. May is also National Bike Month, a month-long celebration of biking for fun, for commuting, for exercise and as a way to explore our communities.

Bike to Work celebrations will also be held throughout Connecticut at locations in Hartford, East Hartford, Farmington, Glastonbury, Simsbury and Stamford.

To register for Bike to Work Day or learn more information about this and other events throughout the state, visit www.bikewalkct.org.

In New Britain a Bike New Britain Open House is planned for Thursday, May 18 from 4:30-8 p.m. at Trinity on Main, 69 Main St.

The idea is to come and see what Bike New Britain is about. Cash bar and a light fare will be provided.

Bike New Britain is an advocacy group comprised of residents, businesses, city personnel and other participants from a variety organizations with a goal to promote safe bicycling throughout New Britain contributing to a livable, sustainable community. Bike New Britain provides bikes to the community through donations and a Bike Share Program, educates riders of all ages, advises the City’s Public Works Department regarding bicycle infrastructure, and organizes group rides including the annual Hardware City Bike Tour.

Bike New Britain maintains a Bike Share Program based at the New Britain Museum of American Art; accepts donated bikes, repairs them then and gives the bikes back to community, promotes Bike Education, organizes Group Rides and events such as:

Bike To Work Day, Bike Safety Day, Annual Hardware City Bike Tour, Weekly/monthly rides.

It also advises city staff regarding bicycle infrastructure such as bike lanes, shared roadways, bike trails and maintenance.

To learn more about Bike New Britain go to http://bikenewbritain.org/about-bike-new-britain.html