Cyclists to hit the streets for Friday’s Bike to Work Day in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2015) - On Friday, Indianapolis is taking part in the national movement called Bike to Work Day.

This may be familiar because, just last week, the city took part in Bike to School Day, encouraging parents and kids to ride bikes instead of driving.

Over 3,500 cyclists are expected to take part in Bike to Work Day in Indianapolis.

Organizers say the goal is to make the city more bike-friendly.

“Bike to work day is just fun, I enjoy riding to work when I can,” said Dan Henkel with JumpIN for Healthy Kids.

Henkel is one of thousands who will hit the city streets Friday on two wheels instead of four.

“You take easy steps first, start with short rides,” Henkel said.

Organizers say, another focus this year is to encourage beginners to give biking to work a shot.

“I started bike commuting probably 15 years ago in Atlanta,” said Kevin Whited with INDYCOG. “I think I weighed 210 pounds. I didn’t really change anything, I just started riding my bike to work, and in no amount of time I was down to about 185.”

That’s one of many benefits, say organizers. Riders can also help the environment, set a good example for kids and save money.

“I have a car, and I notice when I’m bike commuting I don’t fill the tank up but once a month sometimes,” Whited said.

It’s estimated that more than half of Americans live within five miles of where they work, so cycling could be an option.

“I think Indy’s becoming a much more bike friendly culture,” Henkel said. “Drivers are more aware of cyclists, cyclists are more aware of drivers.”

And for drivers, you’re asked to keep an extra eye out for more bicycles than usual on the streets on Friday.

Hundreds of riders are expected at City Market downtown to kick off their rides Friday morning at 7 a.m.

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