Cyclists hit the road for Bike to Work Day

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by Liza Javier

KING5.com

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 7:26 AM

Updated Friday, May 21 at 2:27 PM

SEATTLE -- It's Bike to Work Day! Thousands of people are parking their cars and pedaling to their jobs this morning, but as they navigate through the city, there can be challenges.

Forty-four commute stations are set up this morning in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties. Cyclists can stop at these commute stations to get snacks and their bikes checked.

But some say it can be a challenge in the city, including along the Burke-Gilman Trail, where bikes and cars can intersect.

Last year, nearly 20,000 people took part in the event around the Puget Sound.

Seattle was ranked recently fifth in the U.S. for bike safety. Our news partner The Seattle Times spoke to avid cyclists about where they consider danger zones. Some areas highlighted are in Ballard, SoDo to Marysville and Everett.

"I think Seattle is a bike friendly city," said Luke Lamon, volunteer. "Anytime you don't have a dedicated right away, it's definitely in your interest to keep that self-preservation. I encourage lights and reflectors at all times."

Many offered solutions, like clearly marked signs, turn signals, road and lane improvements.  

For more information:

Cascade Bicycle Club - Bike to Work Day

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