Bicyclists from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will join other cycling enthusiasts and local and state leaders from the Providence area to celebrate National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 16, 2008. Providence’s celebration of the 52nd Annual Bike to Work Day will officially kick off at 7:30 a.m. at the Bank of America City Center in Providence.
RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis will lead “Team RIDOT” to the morning celebration and then to work to highlight the Department’s support for this annual event. “We at RIDOT are strong advocates for all forms of alternative transportation, including cycling. This is especially important now that gas prices have reached an all time high,” said Lewis. “Cycling is not only good for your health, but I cannot think of a better way to have fun and exercise than to take a ride to work or on one of Rhode Island’s bike and pedestrian paths,” he added, noting that the bike path system currently covers about 50 miles of the State.
Bike to Work Day falls within National Transportation Week, which this year is observed May 11-17, 2008.