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Stamford celebrates Bike to Work Day

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Stamford, CT | Added on May 16, 2014 At 12:31 PM

Many traveled by two wheels Friday instead of four, trading in their cars for bicycles for Stamford's annual Bike to Work Day.

"It's really about making a statement about how bikes really belong in the day to day fabric of getting around," said Mike Norris, founding editor of DIYBIKING.COM. 

Local leaders joined area cyclists, marking the end of bike to work week.  The national campaign encourages cycling, and here in the city, bikers say they hope Stamford's streets become more safe to ride.

"Unfortunately I just think the streets aren't bike friendly and that prohibits more people that might want to try to bike to work," said Jim Sabia, a Stamford resident.  

Stamford resident Jim Sabia says when the weather gets nicer, he bikes downtown about 3 to 4 times a week.

"I'll go from my house down here and it's nice but sometimes I'm forced to get on the sidewalk and I'm not supposed to be on the sidewalk.  So I have to get off the bike and walk and it's problematic."

He says bike lanes would help cyclists get around, and Mayor David Martin says he's looking at ways to make city roads more accommodating.

"I want to work in that direction in a very prudent way that's cost-effective but gives people an opportunity to use bicycles as well as cars, as well as pedestrians to travel our downtown streets and the streets throughout Stamford," said Mayor Martin.  

More than 20 Bike to Work Day celebrations were hosted by Bike Walk Connecticut today state-wide.  

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