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Bike to work May 11-15

May is National Bike Month, and one area employer is encouraging its employees - and everyone else - to use pedal power to get to work during Bike to Work Week, May 11-15.

May is National Bike Month, and one area employer is encouraging its employees - and everyone else - to use pedal power to get to work during Bike to Work Week, May 11-15.

Happy Dancing Turtle of Pine River is encouraging all its employees to ride to work as part of a nationwide event to unite thousands of bicyclists and encourage countless new riders to get on their bikes.

"Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out," stated Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, in a news release.

Following are some tips that will help you enjoy biking to work more:

• Bring bikes to a local bike shop for a check-up.

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• Always wear a helmet to protect the head in the event of a crash.

• Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction of travel.

• Obey all stop signs, traffic, lights and lane markings.

• Look before changing lanes and signal a turn. Indicate intentions, then act.

• Be visible and predictable at all times. Wear bright clothing.

"National Bike Month isn't really about posting the most miles on your bike or burning the most calories," said marketing and outreach journalist for Happy Dancing Turtle and bicycle enthusiast, Colin McLain. "It's about getting outside and enjoying the ride. If National Bike Month encourages more people to try cycling as a way to enjoy the outdoors, let alone travel to work, than we can consider it a success."

Visit www.endomondo.com/challenges/21933524 to join in the Happy Dancing Turtle's Bike to Work Week challenge and follow their progress.

Based in north central Minnesota, Happy Dancing Turtle, a member of the Resilient Living Council, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on sustainable living. It seeks to inspire and empower people to live more sustainable lifestyles through a variety of avenues including workshops, classes, collaborations, educational materials and tours.

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