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Hop on as Ozark Greenways hosts Bike to Work Week, May 15-19

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Staff members at Butler-Rosenbury & Parters, Architects & Engineers, gathered outside the offices in 2015 for Bike to Work Week.

Ozark Greenways’ annual Bike to Work Week returns May 15-19, challenging residents to leave their car behind and commute by biking, riding the bus, carpooling, walking, telecommuting or any combination.
More than 1,000 people participate each year because it’s good for health, the economy, the environment, and it’s fun! Participants must register by team through their school or workplace. Register, plan a route, find tips, join a bike commuting workshop, play Bike Bingo, see videos and get inspired at ozarkgreenways.org.

Springfield has 70 miles of greenway trails, 72 miles of on-street bike routes, and 172 miles of bus routes. Residents and visitors are encouraged to use active transportation any time of year, but especially during Bike to Work Week.

“The goal of Bike to Work Week is to show off all of Springfield’s active transportation options and support continued expansion of our community greenway trail and bike route network,” said Lori Tack, Program Coordinator with Ozark Greenways. “Participation shows public support for Springfield’s greenways and bike routes, and that’s crucial to planning and fundraising. And since we’re seeing more people on bikes around town, we need to educate each other about traffic laws – as both cyclists and motorists.”
Each registered participant who logs at least one day using alternative transportation during Bike to Work Week will receive a voucher from Panera Bread for a free bagel or cookie and coffee at Springfield locations. Participants and teams are also eligible for additional prizes, including a one-night stay for two and breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Springfield.

City Utilities of Springfield offers free bus fare to participants traveling with their bike during Bike to Work week, providing cyclists a great opportunity to explore bus routes. Each bus has an easy-to-use bike rack on the front, and bus drivers may provide assistance, if needed.

Bike to Work Week 2017 is sponsored by: Ozark Greenways, Panera Bread Co., City Utilities of Springfield, Ozark Adventures, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Anderson Engineering, Associated Electric Cooperative, Expedia, Pineapple Whip, Bambino’s Cafe, KY3, Hy-Vee, Safe Kids Springfield, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Springbike Club, Missouri Off-Road Cyclists, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Springfield, O’Reilly Hospitality Management, Ozarks Transportation Organization and OzarksCommute.

Register for Bike to Work week at OzarkGreenways.org.

For more information or media inquiries, contact Lori Tack, Ozark Greenways Program Coordinator, at 417-864-2015, or email Lori@OzarkGreenways.org.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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