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Friday marks National Bike to Work Day

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - According to the League of American Bicyclists, more than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace.

Even if residents live outside that radius, they are still encouraged to bike to work Friday, May 16 as part of National Bike to Work Day.

May 12-16 marked Bike to Work Week, both across the country and in the Cedar Valley.

This week was the Cedar Valley's second annual Bike to Work Week. The Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau said the pedal power heeds many different benefits, the most obvious being physical exercise.

Both Waterloo and Cedar Falls are part of the Blue Zones project, an initiative encouraging an active, healthy lifestyle. Both communities also adopt the Complete Streets Policy, making it easier for drivers and cyclists to share the road.

Director of Convention Sales Paige Nieman with the Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau said in some cases, biking to work might actually be easier than driving.

"Depending on whether you take the trails or streets, it might actually be quicker to bike to work. Less traffic, less lights, you can zoom by other people," Nieman said.

People could also save money and time; bikes require no gas tank, or parking space.

Nieman said simply biking on a lunch break could breed benefits, too. Businesses throughout the Cedar Valley will offer specials Friday for those who ride in on their bikes.
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