Want to ‘Bike to Work’ next week?

Bike to Work Week., sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance, starts Saturday in the Chicago area and Evanston officials say they’re hoping for a big turnout locally.

The City of Evanston and the Evanston Public Library have set up teams to encourage employee participation, as have some other large local employers, including Rotary International and Northwestern University, as well as some smaller businesses, including the Behles+Behles architectural firm and the Turin Bicycle shop.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says the timing is perfect for enjoying the weather while biking to work. "Not only is biking healthy for you, but it is healthy for the environment and your pocket book too," Tisdahl added.

A lot of Evanstonians already bike to work. A CNNMoney.com report two years ago said nearly six times the national average of commuters in Evanston bike to work.

Next Thursday, June 17, residents can stop by a promotional bike commuter station at Fountain Square from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. to grab some coffee, a snack and get to know more about transportation alternatives.

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