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Winter Bike To Work Days: Show Your Patriotism And Iron Will

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Do you love America? Then you'll bike to work on January 20th. And if you're in Chicago, you won't be alone. On Tuesday the 20th--Election Day, mind you--Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance is sponsoring its annual celebration of trading four wheels for two, and cutting out CO2 emissions in the process. A car with a solo driver releases over a pound of CO2 per mile. An SUV releases over 1.6 pounds. A bike releases zero--and with the recent increase in carbon emissions, that's what our country needs right now. Ft. Collins, Colorado hosts a winter bike day of their own. Last year participants rode 1,654 miles--that's nearly two tons of CO2 that didn't get shot into the air that day.

Most major cities across the country host a bike to work day in May, National Bike Month (google "your city bike to work day" for more information). San Francisco is gearing up, if you will, for a May 14th ride, and Washington DC's should be around the same time. But Chicago, Ft. Collins and Boulder up the ante with their winter date. And since Chicago's been loaded with snow, it may call for some snow tires.

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