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Bay State Bike Week Begins Saturday

Bicycling reduces traffic congestion, improves air quality and promotes healthy lifestyles.

Bay State Bike Week will take place from May 11-19, and to celebrate bicycle transportation hundreds of events have been planned by bicycling organizations, neighborhood groups and local governments across the Commonwealth.

"I applaud the bicyclists who ride to school or work regularly, and I encourage more people to give it a try," Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement released through his office. "Together we can make Massachusetts a greener, healthier and more sustainable state by decreasing traffic, congestion, cleaning air and enabling people to get some more exercise in the course of their busy daily lives."

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is organizing and leading this event by partnering with the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition and MassRIDES.

There is also a friendly competition to see who can log the most miles by bicycle that is put on by the 11 Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations.

To find out more information about activites, races and events, visit the Bay State Bike Week website.

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