Bike to Work Day will be celebrated Friday in Wilmington, with multiple guided rides that end at the H.B. du Pont Plaza downtown. Registered participants get T-shirts and refreshments.
The event is part of a nationwide effort to promote commuting by bicycle and biking in general.
May is National Bike Month, with the League of American Bicyclists this year anointing May 2 as National Ride a Bike Day, May 17-23 as Bike to Work Week and May 21 as Bike to Work Day. The Delaware Department of Transportation and Dover marked Bike to Work Day on May 19.
In Wilmington, the rides start at 7:45 a.m. in scattered neighborhoods, and they end with a reception 8-9:30 a.m. at the plaza, Delaware Avenue and North Washington Street.
Officials used the announcement of the ride to promote the Wilmington Bicycle plan, created in 2008 and updated in 2019.
“Biking is an affordable, eco-friendly, and healthy way to travel back and forth to the office, run short errands and visit friends,” Mayor Michael S. Purzycki said in a statement.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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