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New Yorkers Get in Gear for Nat'l Bike to Work Day

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Thousands of New Yorkers dusted the cobwebs off their bikes Friday for National Bike to Work Day, an annual event encourages everyone to find healthier ways of getting around town.

The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives set up fueling stations around the five boroughs including one near the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge, offering cyclists morning treats.

"We're out here giving commuters a little bit of support. You know some coffee, some muffins, a word of encouragement. We're also signing up new members for transportation alternatives," said Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White.

"It basically if you don't like going to the gym this is a good way to get some endorphins, get your day started," said Angela Nguyen, who rode from Brooklyn to her job in Queens.

Transportation Alternatives estimates about 200,000 New Yorkers ride bikes every day for commuting, work or recreation.

"We see a lot of benefits from the bike boom that we are experiencing in New York City. You know complete streets that accommodate all road users Not just drivers but bikers, walkers, bus riders," Steely White said.

After the addition of more bike lanes and the start-up of Citi Bike bike sharing during the Bloomberg Administration, bicycling advocates hope Mayor Bill de Blasio will continue the trend.

"Mayor de Blasio has pledged to eliminate traffic deaths. He wants to greatly reduce traffic injuries. As he wants to grow bicycling six-fold by 2020," Steely White said.

It's good news for folks who peddle to and from work every day.

"It takes me about 25 to 30 minutes to bike so that's just about the same amount of time it takes me to take the train," said Fay Bi, a bicycle commuter.

"Commuting on a bike is just a little bit better. You feel free, you get that energy, up all day, you don't necessarily need coffee on the morning. Kind of just boost your energy up," said Alex Botia, a bike commuter.

The party continues after work with the second annual Bike Home From Work Party taking place between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in DUMBO at the Pearl Street Triangle and Anchorage Place.

For more information, visit bikenyc.org.

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