Kickstart the work day with a bike ride

FILE - Bike to Work Day Breakfast at Headwaters Park West in 2015.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Drivers across the country are ditching their cars for bicycles Friday for National Bike to Work Day. The City of Fort Wayne is encouraging city residents to do the same.

Riders on their way to work are invited to stop at Headwaters Park West for the city’s Bike to Work Day breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. During the breakfast, they can enjoy free coffee, bagels and fruit courtesy of Parkview Health.

After the work day ends, there will be a celebration to wrap up Bike to Work Day from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot on Cass Street. Attendees can enjoy drinks and live music.

The League of American Bicyclists says there are many benefits to biking to work such as saving money, improving health and reducing the carbon footprint.

The average yearly cost of a bicycle is $308 compared to more than $8,000 for a car. A study of nearly 2,400 people found that those who biked to work were fitter, leaner and had better blood pressure and insulin levels than those who don’t have an active commute, according to the League.

Bike to Work Day breakfast is part of Kickstart, a celebration of bikes, art, music and theater throughout May.

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