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Fort Worth bicyclists to rally at transit center for Bike to Work Day May 20

Free bike inspections, refreshments, demos including new e-Bike, community leaders news briefing

FORT WORTH (May 11, 2011) — Commuting to their jobs on two-wheelers, Fort Worth bicycle enthusiasts will hold their ground with bus and train riders at The T’s downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) at a rally to promote National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The free annual event includes refreshments; bike inspections courtesy of Bicycles, Inc.; a news briefing by community leaders and elected officials on the importance of bicycle-friendly cities; demonstrations on loading bikes on bus racks and a newly developed e-Bike; staffed displays of Fort Worth’s city and NCTCOG’s regional bike plans; and information on the environmental benefits of cycling from the North Texas Clean Air Coalition.

The Fort Worth Police Bike Patrol, the MedStar Bicycle Response Team (BERT), and city, county and business employees and other bicycle-related organizations also will participate in the rally.

New this year will be demonstrations by Fort Worth-based Bodhi Bicycles of an electric bicycle that provides the option of boosts from a rechargeable battery in addition to, or instead of, pedal power. 

Representatives from Streams and Valleys, Inc. will encourage cyclists at the rally who plan to attend the Crowne  Plaza Invitational Golf Tournament, May 20 – 22, to bike their way along the Trinity Trails to Rogers Rd. to its free Bike Parking Tent at Log Cabin Village, just a short walk to the tournament gate, 
The T and the North Texas Clean Air Coalition are coordinating the Bike to Work Day event to help demonstrate that Fort Worth is a bicycle-friendly city. Bicycle riding is another way to address mobility and air quality concerns, enhance transit-oriented development and improve physical health and quality of life. It is the fourth year for this event.

The T encourages residents to use bicycles to bridge the gap between bus or train stops to final destinations.  The T has bike racks on all its buses and they are allowed on the Trinity Railway Express.