As part of national Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is encouraging local residents to give bike commuting a try.
On their way to work, residents are invited to stop at Headwaters West for the City’s Bike to Work Day breakfast from 6:30 to 8 a.m. During the breakfast, cyclists can enjoy free coffee, bagels and fruit courtesy of Parkview Health.
“The City of Fort Wayne is recognized as a local, regional and national leader in providing residents with access to a growing trails and greenways network,” said Mayor Henry. “I encourage residents to participate in biking to work. It’s a great way to get exercise and enjoy the quality of life amenities we have in our community. By working together we’ve become a point of destination for businesses and residents.”
According to the League of American Bicyclists, bicycle commuting has grown 62 percent across the United States from 2000-2013. In Bicycle Friendly Communities, a designation awarded by The League, that percentage is 105 percent.
“More people than ever are biking to work and that also appears to be true here in Fort Wayne,” said Amy Hartzog, the City’s Program Manager for Greenways & Trails. “Residents know they can save money, help the environment and improve their health by biking to work even just a few days a week. I encourage everyone to give it a try and see how simple and fun it can be.”
In addition to the Bike to Work Day Breakfast, the City of Fort Wayne is also hosting Active Commute Fridays every Friday in May and throughout the summer. The City is encouraging residents to try biking or walking to work on Fridays. If residents work downtown, Hartzog will even help find a group for people to ride with into work. Interested residents should call Amy Hartzog at 260-427-6228.