Fort Worth celebrates Bike to Work Day

05/16/2014 5:03 PM

05/16/2014 5:04 PM

Cool weather greeted bikers Friday morning who commuted not in their cars or on the bus but on a bike.

At least 85 people participated in Bike to Work Day this year. MaryAnn Means, the deputy chief of staff for the mayor and the City Council, said it’s hard to estimate how many people biked to work on their own but didn’t attend parties hosted throughout the city.

Fort Worth had several rally points where people could meet up and bike to work together, and several employers hosted the healthy breakfast parties, including Comerica Bank and the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center.

Mayor Betsy Price, an avid biker, led a caravan from Forest Park Boulevard headed to the Intermodal Transportation Center, and then rode to City Hall.

The number of people nationwide who get to work by bike has increased 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 in 2008-12, according to the United States Census Bureau.

Still, bicyclists only account for 0.6 percent of all commuters in the United States. — Caty Hirst

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