Springfield to host annual Bike to Work Day event

This year’s Bike to Work Day event will take place on Friday, May 17.

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This year’s Bike to Work Day event will take place on Friday, May 17.

The city of Springfield will host its sixth annual Bike to Work day event from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Friday at the City Hall Plaza in downtown Springfield.

Bike to Work Day is designed to promote fitness in a collaborative and environmentally friendly way, according to the city of Springfield’s website.

“Bike to Work Day is an opportunity for us to support healthier lifestyles as well as encourage a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation,” said Springfield City Manager Bryan Heck. “It’s also a chance for the community to stay connected.”

In 2013, Bike Springfield was created after the city hosted the bi-annual Miami Valley Cycling Summit. A year later, the group and the city of Springfield worked together to plan the first Bike to Work Day event.

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Since then, the event has grown yearly, Heck said. Last year, the event brought out over 100 bike riders.

“We have more participants every year,” Heck said. “It’s just a great way for the people in our community to gather around a common interest.”

Those who would like to participate in the event are invited to ride their bike to work and stop on the City Hall Plaza to enjoy music, free food and enter a raffle for a chance to win a bike. Bicyclists can also meet at Beatty Station and ride in from there.

Other raffle prizes include donation’s from; Bicycle Revival, Bicycle Stop, Black Pub Bike Repair, Calland & Campbell Insurance, NTPRD Chiller, Ellie’s Restaurant and Bakery, K&G Bike Center, Le Torte Dolci Bakery, Courtyard by Marriott, Planet Fitness, Village Cyclery, Winans Chocolate and Coffees, Yellow Springs Brewery and Young’s Jersey Dairy.

The first 150 riders to make it to City Hall Plaza will receive a free sling bag and Springfield Health & Fitness will offer a free fitness class as part of the day’s festivities.

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The event will be sponsored by Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital, Bike Springfield, Buckeye Cafe, Clark Schaefer, Lee’s Famous Recipe, Springfield Health & Fitness and Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

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