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Sure, you probably drove your car to work today. But have you ever wondered if you could leave your car at home and bike to work?

Or if not to work, what about to the closest VRE station or bus stop? That's the challenge behind bike to work day, which is Friday, May 17.

George Phillips, a county transportation planner who is helping coordinate Bike to Work Day in Prince William County, said the event is designed to get people thinking about alternative modes transportation. 

"Bike to Work is to get people to focus and look at the possibility of another way to get to work, to realize there are other options out there other than taking their cars,” he said.

Bike to Work Day, sponsored by the Washington Area Bicycle Association and Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments Commuter Connections program, is also designed to get people thinking about cycling possibilities in addition to cycling to work. 

"You can incorporate biking into your life, not just by biking to work, but riding a bike to school if you're a kid, or riding to the store or riding recreationally for your health,” Phillips said.

Phillips said biking helps ease traffic. "By reducing cars on the road, it helps with congestion."  

In all, the idea is to get people riding bikes. "We just want people to get out there – to get on their bikes and ride more often." 

Bike to Work Day will include pits stops throughout the county where there will be giveaways, food, beverages and the chance to win prizes. 

In addition to Bike to Work day, May is National Bike Month and May 13 through 18 is Bike Week. Several bicycle events in Prince William County will lead up to Bike to Work Day.

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