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May 9, 2013

ORCA announces Bike to Work Day

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Cooperstown Crier

---- — The fifth annual Bike to Work Day for Otsego County will be held on Wednesday, May 15 with check-in sites at more than 20 locations.

New this year, organizers of the event – Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, a committee of Otsego County Conservation Association – have joined forces with the National Bike Challenge, presented by the League of American Bicyclists. 

“Many people have told us that Bike to Work Day is when they officially kick off their bicycling season. This year, everyone can record their miles ridden on the local page of the National Bike Challenge website, not only for Bike to Work Day, but every day through Sept. 30,” Martha Clarvoe, Bike to Work Day chair woman, said in a media release.

The National Bike Challenge is a health and wellness initiative that encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation. 

Rich McCaffery, of ORCA and Safe Kids of Otsego County, said in the release, “This year the aim is to have 50,000 riders nationwide pedaling 20 million miles from May 1 until Sept. 30.”

Every time participants get on their bike, their miles count toward that 20-million-mile goal. Whether for fitness, fun or transportation, or whether riding as an individual or in a team, Otsego County bicyclists are invited to join and log miles on www.nationalbikechallenge.org and should look for “Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates Bike Challenge” to sign up as part of the local effort.

To learn more about Bike to Work Day or to register as a check-in location contact Clarvoe at the OCCA satellite office in Cooperstown at 547-4020 or email martha.clarvoe@gmail.com.

To search for a check-in location go to the OCCA website home page, www.occainfo.org, and click on the ORCA logo in the lower left hand corner.