Riders kick off Bike To Work week at Riverfront Park

Riders kick off Bike To Work week at Riverfront Park

SPOKANE, Wash. - Hundreds of people lined up in Riverfront Park Monday morning to get pancakes and celebrate the first day of "Bike To Work" week.

Breakfast was on the grill promptly at 7 a.m., the sun was out and shining, you couldn't ask for a better day to kick off "Bike To Work" week. Monday was actually the first year the participants didn't get rained on.

Each year the event grows and grows and each year the folks who organize it looks for more things to get people to leave their cars at home and get a little exercise on their way to work.

People biked to work Monday morning for different reasons.

"I think there is the health benefits, the focus benefit it is that transition time from home to work," Paul Fish said.

"Riding your bike, especially home, puts a nice separation there and allows you to come home and feel relaxed," Bill Bender said.

"You know I am always beating people on my bike and I don't have to pay for parking," Erica Prins said.

No matter the reason people took part in Bike To Work week, Prins was happy with the turnout Monday morning.

"The whole goal of it is to just get people riding, even if it's not every single day, if there is one trip you can make instead of driving by bike then we want you to do it," Prins said.

This year, the biggest push is to get folks involved in the commute of the century. Spokane is hosting a supported series of extended lunch hour rides covering most of the existing bike lanes and paths in the area. They want riders to provide feedback on the next steps to develop the bike network.

"You can join a team or do it on your own, it's a good way to track what you're doing and see what everybody else is doing," Prins explained.