Trading 4 wheels for 2 for National Bike to Work Week

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Updated: 5/12/2014 8:26 am
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Renoites are giving up there four wheels for a week and hoping on their bikes in honor of National Bike to Work Week. Local leaders, groups, and Washoe County School District are all getting on board to help celebrate the week.

It all kicked off with Bike to the Ballpark on Sunday. Fans were about to take advantage of reduced ticket prices to the Reno Aces game on Sunday if they road their bike. The Reno Bike Project even helped out with a bike valet for fans.

"We really want to see cycling in general promoted in this community," Reno Bike Project Program Director Anthony Wadas says.

Wadas says riding also promotes health. Riding three hours a week can reduce heart disease and stroke by 50%. Riding as opposed to commuting by vehicle also can save money. 

"Owning of a car can costs thousands of dollars each year not just car payments, but insurance and gas," Wadas says. "I bike to work everyday and I probably save $50 in gas each week."

MJ Cloud an officer with WCSD says it's going go be a fantastic week of events. On Thursday more than 1,200 books will be given to students at Echo Loder Elementary School for a Ride to Read event taking place after the Mayoral Challenge. 

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Bike to the Ballpark:  Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Reno Aces Stadium.  Informational booths, bike valet from the Reno Bike Project and a reduced ticket prices if you ride to the game. Infield Reserved is $14 (normally $16-19); General Admission is $6 (normally $7-10).

Mayoral Challenge and the Ride for Reading:  9 a.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014.  Join city and county officials for a fun ride starting at Sparks City Hall and ending at The Discovery Museum.  Then the Ride for Reading will start at The Discovery Museum and deliver books to a local school.

Pedal for Pancakes: 6 – 10 a.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Reno Bike Project, 541 East 4th St., Reno.  Carbo load on free pancakes for those that bike to the shop, then rack up some more miles burning those free calories!

Coffee Shop Stop: Friday, May 16, 2014 at local participating coffee shops.  Ride your bike to work, show your helmet at the coffee shops and get a free cup of Joe.

Commuter Challenge: May 10-16, 2014.  Register your company on TMBA’s website, log your miles all week long, pedal with your fellow employees, and win prizes. A healthy and fit workforce is a happy workforce.

Ride to Work Raffle: May 10-16, 2014.  Register on TMBA’s website, log your miles and win a prize.

Rack Em Up: May 12-16, 2014.  $3,000 in prizes is on the line as local elementary, middle and high schools pedal for school pride in this contest for best decorated and fullest bike racks.

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