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FOR RELEASE: March 3, 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications

Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day, May 18, 2007

Make plans now to dust off your bike and ride it to work on Friday, May 18, Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will join the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) and METRO Transit in an effort to increase physical activity and participation in alternative transportation in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day is part of a national campaign to promote bicycling as a healthy and efficient transportation alternative. The League of American Bicyclists has recognized May as National Bike to Work Month since 1956. Bike to Work Day offers metropolitan areas the opportunity to call attention to the benefits of bicycling and to increase safety awareness among bicyclists and motorists.
Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day 2007 features organized group rides in five different communities in the metropolitan area including Oklahoma City, Yukon, Guthrie, Edmond and Norman. The groups will meet at various points within each city and ride to one central location to celebrate Bike to Work Day. All riders are encouraged to wear their bike helmets.

In addition to the group rides, ACOG is asking citizens to participate in a survey focused on bicycling. The survey will help determine the characteristics of the cycling communities and may give direction to cycling components of future transportation planning. The survey can be taken online through May 18 at http://www.acogok.org.
More information about Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day 2007 can be found at http://acogok.org/Newsroom/biketowork07.asp or by contacting Corey Wright, OSDH Chronic Disease Service, 405-271-4072, ext. 57127. Details about the national campaign can be found at http://www.bikemonth.com.


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