On Friday, May 19, Hoosiers are encouraged to take to the road on their bicycles.

The Indiana Bicycle Coalition has organized Bike-to-Work Day to begin from eight locations surrounding the city and end at Monument Circle between 8 to 8:30 a.m. Bicycle parking will be available until 6 p.m.

State agencies and businesses will be competing with one another for the most employees who bike to work. Participants can qualify by signing up when they reach the designated bicycle parking downtown or by faxing or e-mailing the sign-up sheet found on www.bicycleindiana.org by 10 a.m. Friday.

A press conference and award announcement will take place at noon on Monument Circle. Guest speakers who have been invited to participate include Congresswoman Julia Carson, Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Sharp, Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Judith Monroe, a representative from Clarian Health Partners and more. WIBC will also host the day’s activities, including bicycle parking, mechanics and merchandise booths, demonstrations for the use of IndyGo bicycle racks on buses, door prizes and free give-aways. Bagels and coffee will be served for breakfast and nachos will be given away at noon.

Events in honor of Bike-to-Work Week (May 15-21) will also take place in Anderson, Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Valparaiso and West Lafayette.

More information, including start locations and times for group commuting, can be found at www.bicycleindiana.org or by calling Indiana Bicycle Coalition at 800-BIKE-110.

Bus passes made easier

State employees and the general public can now purchase IndyGo bus passes for an easier, more environmentally efficient commute on the Government Center Campus.

“Over 9,000 state employees work in or near the Government Center Campus,” said Greening Director Phil Giddens. “By making these bus passes available at such a convenient location, we hope to encourage thousands of Hoosiers to consider alternative transportation options.”

The passes are available in the Department of Natural Resources Service Center in room W160 of the Indiana Government Center South on Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Riders may also purchase passes through IndyGo online at www.indygo.net. Pass prices can be purchased for a single day for $3, seven days for $15 or 31 days for $50.

The sale is a cooperative effort made by the Indiana Department of Administration’s Greening the Government Program, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and IndyGo.

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