Dozens of area cyclists join in Bike To Work Day

By Jola Szubielski - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Dozens of cyclists hit the streets of downtown Richmond this morning, promoting healthier and greener living, as well as increasing awarness about biking.  It was all a part of National Bike to Work Day.

Bike to Work Day is a chance for the community to rally in support of a healthier and greener lifestyle. Placing bike racks like this around state buildings are a simple first step in encouraging this movement.

As healthcare and rising gas prices continue to top our daily headlines, this group is suiting up and doing something about it.

Rob McBane who bikes to work says, "Its awesome, you definitely get health benefits out of it, you save some gas money.

Dozens of community members biking to work today, with Governor Kaine and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones leading the pack down to Capitol Square.

Governor Tim Kaine says, "Exercising is really at the core of what we have to get right. If we're going to solve these health care challenges."

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones says, "We're beginning to have a conversation around universal healthcare and its a good time to think about how we can live more healthier lives."

Something these Genworth co-workers decided to do about six months ago. Doug Kadel rides 9 miles to work about 3 days a week, 6 miles for Rob McBane. They're hoping participating in national Bike to Work Day will inspire other commuters and shed light on the growing need for cycling.

McBane says, "We thought it would bring awareness to bike commuters and trying to share the street with everybody."

Doug Kadel who also bikes to work says, "There's a lot of resistance to drivers on the road, and it would just be great to get bike lanes in the city around here."

An idea both the Governor and the Mayor support. Some projects are already in the works. The Virginia Capital Trail, a 55 mile bike route from Williamsburg to Richmond is currently under construction and bike racks have also been added to GRTC buses to encourage this alternative method of transportation.

But it boils down to each individual. There are some 10 thousand cyclists in the community, who either ride to work or for recreation. That number helping to keep the air cleaner, and the earth greener one pedal at a time.

For those who want to complete their ride, an informal group will gather at Monroe Park at 4:45 for an evening commute home.

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