It’s Bike to Work week, and there are two Evanston events and a regional challenge to get you geared up for the occasion.

The Active Transportation Alliance is sponsoring a free Bike Commuter Challenge to encourage commuters to try out the healthy, non-polluting transportation option by biking all or part of the way to work at least once during the week.

People can start their own team or join one at their workplace. The City of Evanston, Northwestern University and Rotary International are among the local employers participating.

Tuesday: Fountain Square Pit Stop

Stop by for a quick morning snack at the Bike Pit Stop on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., at Fountain Square at Sherman Avenue and Davis Street in downtown Evanston.

Wheel and Sprocket will be offering free bike tune-ups. The first 35 bikers will receive a free water bottle to celebrate 100 years of clean water in Evanston. And, Rotary International will hand out reflective bike stickers to the first 50 bikers in honor of Rotary’s commitment to community service.

City staff will also be on hand to gather input on an updated city bike plan.

Thursday: Bike and Brew

On Thursday, Bat 17, at 1709 Benson Ave., will host a “Bike and Brew” event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., featuring discounts on drinks and appetizers for bikers, as well as the opportunity to become a member of the Active Transportation Alliance.

Why Bike?

The Active Transportation Alliance says biking is one of the most environmentally, economically and physically healthy ways to move around — that it improves riders health and mood as well as saving money and reducing pollution.

More information on bicycling in Evanston, including maps and safety tips, is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Week, month, year!

    The Citizens' Greener Evasnton – Green Mobility Committee hope you will make this more than a week of biking to work… Please consider making it your mid-year resolution to bike around Evanston whenever you can – year round! 

    Get a helmet, lights, a little bell and a carrier… Use your bike to go to the gym, store, library… it's not only healthy but will bring us closer to achieving our next audacious goal of 20% CO-2e reduction by 2016.  Happy cycling… and Thanks!

    Brian G. Becharas, Chairman: Transportation Task Force, Co-Captain – Green Mobility Planning Team,  Secretary: Renewable Energy Task Force,  CGE – 

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