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May is National Bike Month, and Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (GMTMA) is celebrating this year with another Bike to Work Week event to promote bicycling as a viable commuting option. Greater Mercer TMA is a non-profit transportation management association dedicated to promoting environmentally-friendly transportation options.

“Bike Month and Bike to Work Week is a great time to acknowledge and show support for the growing number of people who have already discovered that biking is a practical and fun way to travel, and to encourage others to give it a try,” said Cheryl Kastrenakes, GMTMA’s Executive Director. “Most people love to bike recreationally but don’t necessarily think of their bike for transportation—and we’d love to see that change.”

GMTMA’s biggest event is its annual Bike to Work Week event, which is May 16-20. Registration for the event is open on GMTMA’s website, www.gmtma.org. The first 150 registrants will receive a free “Bike to Work” t-shirt. After the week is up, all registrants who log their miles on GMTMA’s website will automatically be entered in a drawing to win one of the terrific prizes provided by Bike to Work Week’s long time sponsors: Hart’s Cyclery, Knapps Cyclery, McCaffrey’s Supermarket, Whole Earth Center, Kopp’s Cycle, St. Lawrence Rehab Center, Sourland Cyces, Halters Cycles, and REI Princeton.

Other GMTMA promotions during Bike to Work Week are the Employer Bike Challenge for groups of fellow employees, the Visions of Bicycling photo contest, and Swap a Ride for people who can’t bike to work, but replace as many car trips as possible with bike trips – taking your kids to school, to the post office, to the store, or any other errands. Participants in these promotions are also entered in prize drawings.

Throughout the year, GMTMA offers information and safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and can provide onsite bike safety and pedestrian education programs at corporate locations, for schools and camp programs, as well as seniors. GMTMA can also help your community do a walkability audit and identify concerns for pedestrians related to the safety, access, comfort and convenience of the walking environment. An audit can also help identify potential solutions such as engineering treatments, policy changes or education and enforcement.

Check out the Bike Commuter Journal series on our blog at gmtma.org, and email jibara@gmtma.org if you’d like to share your bike commuting experiences or if you have any Bike to Work Week questions.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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