RENO, NV - Organized by the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance, the event is designed to get people to try cycling to work and enjoy the health benefits. Even if riders cycle on only part of the commute, they are eligible to win prizes during the event if they register at bikenevada.org, according to RTC Trip Reduction Specialist Carol Perry.
In 2010, more than 950 commuters participated in Bike to Work Week, reducing pollution, saving on gas and arriving energized.
Everyone who registers is entered into a community-wide raffle for a chance to win up to $500 to be spent at a participating bike shop, receives a 10% discount coupon for local participating bike shops, and cyclists can get a free cup of coffee at a participating ‘Commuter Coffee Shop’ on Friday, May 20 just by showing their helmets. Participants can also stop in at a participating bike shop for a free safety check to make sure it is safe to ride. Information on participating bike/coffee shops & clinics can be found at www.BikeNevada.org.
New for 2011, employers can win $500 for bicycle related improvements at their business via the RTC SMART TRIPS program to promote bicycle commuting year round. The Commuter Challenge is a friendly competition between employers to see who can get the highest percentage of employees to ride.
The Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance would like to remind both bicyclists and motorist to share the road responsibility – remaining alert and attentive and following all traffic laws. Bicyclists should also wear helmets. For complete RTC information go to rtcwashoe.com to sign up for free email updates using MyRTC or call 348-0400.