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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2009

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Nebraskans Celebrate Bike to Work Week May 11-15

Lincoln – To encourage more trips to work on a bicycle, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services together with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Department of Roads are celebrating May as National Bike Month and May 11-15 as Bike to Work Week.

Nationally, transportation on a bicycle is low at about 1% of all trips. In Nebraska, the rate is less than half that.

“Nebraska has a vast network of scenic rural roads, trail systems and pleasant weather conditions, making the Cornhusker state a favorable place to bike to work and to get physically active,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Increased bicycle riding will promote health and wellness and help to become or stay fit, avoid overweight and obesity, and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases and conditions.”

Many local events are being held statewide to celebrate the month and Bike to Work Week. The mayors of both Lincoln and Omaha have planned bike to work events. For more local event information, visit: http://www.activateomaha.org/ and http://www.lincolninmotion.org/ .

Here are some tips that will help you enjoy biking to work more:

  • Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop
  • Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash
  • Ride the right-most lane that goes in the direction you are traveling
  • Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings
  • Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act
  • Be visible and predictable at all times
  • Wear bright clothing and signal turns

To access resources to create your Bike Month or Bike to Work Week events, visit: http://www.bikeleague.org/ . Nebraska bicycle planning and resources are available from the Department of Roads at http://www.dor.state.ne.us/info/index.htm#bikeinfo . Nebraska activity and health information is available from DHHS at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/nafh.aspx.

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