SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The annual Ozarks Greenway’s Bike to Work Week, which encourages  residents to leave their car behind at least one day that week to get to work or school, by commuting by bike, taking the bus, carpooling, walking, telecommuting, or any combination, is coming up next week on May 16-20.

“The goal of Bike to Work Week is to show off all of Springfield’s active transportation options and support continued expansion of our community greenway trail and bike route network,” said Lori Tack, Program Coordinator with Ozark Greenways. “Participation shows public support for Springfield’s greenways and bike routes, and that’s crucial to planning and fundraising. And since we’re seeing more people on bikes around town, we need to educate each other about traffic laws – as both cyclists and motorists.”

More than 1,000 people participate each year, benefiting their health, saving money, reducing water and air pollution and alleviating traffic congestion.

Participants who report their dates and modes of active transportation will receive a voucher for a free bagel or cookie and coffee from Panera Bread in Springfield, after Bike to Work Week is over.

Register by as an individual or as a team with your workplace or school name, at ozarkgreenways.org

Events related to Bike to Work Week include FREE Bike Commuting 101 Workshops, held at the City of Springfield Environmental Resource Center, 290 E. Central Ave., RSVP with David Hutchison, 417-864-1971 or email David Hutchison. Workshop dates are:

  • Sat., May 21, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Tues.-Thurs., June 21-23, 6-9 p.m.
  • Sat., July 16, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Tues.-Thurs., Aug. 9-11, 6-9 p.m.
  • Sat., Sept. 17, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information, contact Lori Tack, Program Coordinator 417-864-2015, or email Lori Tack. Bike to Work Week info is at ozarkgreenways.org.

(edited press release)