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Braving the weather for International Winter Bike to Word Day

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(WKEF/WRGT) - On Friday people all across the country traded in their cars for bikes for International Winter Bike to Work Day.

“It’s just like riding a bike when you were a kid,” said executive director of Bike Miami Valley Laura Estandia. “It’s really very enjoyable – that feeling of accomplishment when you complete a ride or get somewhere.”

Biking is not just beneficial to your health, but also, your wallet. People spend thousands of dollars each year on car maintenance, gas, and parking. In contrast, the Link Bike System in Dayton costs just $65 a year or $5 for 24 hours.

If you don’t live anywhere near work, that’s not a problem. You can easily park your car near a trail and then ride the rest of the way.

“It’s just helps cut down on how much you have to bike if time is too much of a barrier,” said Estandia. “It’s a great way to incorporate it into your commute and then you’re also done with your exercise for the day.”

If you missed out on Bike to Work Day, that’s not a problem.

“We really recommend folks when they’re starting out, start with a trip to the library or grocery store,” Estandia said. “Something that has a little bit fewer barriers, maybe not that far of a distance for you just to get yourself comfortable.”

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