Pushing pedals on the way to work for Bike to Work Day

Gwen Vasquez
May 19, 2017

While most local residents drove their cars to work Thursday morning, several hundred people in and around Burbank chose to ditch their motor vehicles and ride a bicycle or walk.

Watertown and Black River Adventurer's Shop have teamed up to encourage people to hop on their bike instead of taking their auto to work. The event encourages people to consider biking as a viable option for transportation, said John Bennett, SBC executive director.

"Within our 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, we are blessed with 11,000 miles of trails, all offering unlimited biking terrain and opportunities", said Dunn.

For more information on bicycling in Pennsylvania, including safety tips, visit www.penndot.gov, scroll over the "Travel in PA" tab at the top and click on "Ride A Bike". "They do it because it's the most affordable way for them to get around, or they don't have a auto, or have other reasons why they don't drive". "Cars, although they're so much more efficient, they're still a cause of pollution".

National Bike to Work Day was first recognized in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a "Bicycle Friendly America for everyone".

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Burbank resident Mary Dickson, a member of Walk Bike Burbank, was one of those people.

She and Gilbert said they both think the main reason why there are not more people riding their bicycles to work is because of fear.

"They're not as proactive as we'd like them to be", Dickson said.

Motorists are reminded that bicyclists are permitted to ride on most roadways in the state.

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