Bike to Work Week kicks off in Spokane

SPOKANE - Dust off your ten-speeds, mountain and huffy bikes, Spokane kicked off its 3rd annual Bike to Work Week and at least 1,000 people are expected to participate.

Spokane kicked off this week with a rally at Riverfront Park, where pancakes were served up. The mayor is expected to speak at 8 a.m.

Organizers are encouraging kids to also walk or bike to school on Wednesday. They want to remind anyone who takes their bike to work that they are required to follow the same rules of the road as cars.

Some say it's to difficult to ride their bike to work, but organizers say once you figure out your route the commute becomes very easy.

?It seems complicated to people. What will I do with my clothes? Will I be sweaty? Where am I going to put my bike? There are some basic questions,? Bike to Work chair Barb Chamberlain said.

?For me personally the hassle for me is driving, I have to get gas, I have to have a parking meter money. It's all very complicated to drive really.?

Almost 1,500 people participated in Bike to Work Week last year. Organizers say participants avoid 64,000 transportation miles by riding instead of driving.

The city prepared for more bikers by passing its bike master plan that calls for more bike lanes. The north/south freeway corridor will also include a bike pedestrian lane from I-90 to Wandermere.

Statistics show from 2004 to 2008, there were 353 bicycle vs car collision reported in Spokane.

To raise awareness for bike safety and to remember Spokane cyclist David Squires who was killed in March at Division and Sprague, there will be a ride of silence starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday .