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Bike! Charlotte
The City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System and Charlotte Sports Cycling are once again joining forces to host one of Charlotte's most healthy and inspiring events: Bike! Charlotte 2006. This event is set to take place Friday May 5 through Sunday May 14.

Bike! Charlotte is 10 days of bicycle-related events and promotions used to encourage families, friends and colleagues to break out the bike and incorporate it into their daily routines. Whether used for transportation or recreation, bicycles are efficient, nonpolluting modes of travel with great health benefits.

The theme of Bike! Charlotte 2006 is, "Choose Your Route." Whether it's a route to better health, to save money, cleaner air, have more energy, losing weight, independence, easier parking, or to have just plain fun -- you can get there on a bike!

The 2006 event features a diverse agenda of exciting activities and promotions for all to enjoy, many of which are free. This year's festivities will kick off Friday with the Mayor's Ride/Bike To Breakfast in Uptown Charlotte. Saturday, the events are in full swing with road and mountain bike rides, bicycle safety rodeos, and bicycle demos. During the weekdays, many of the local bicycle shops are hosting bicycle maintenance clinics that address different ways to keep your bike in top shape. The following weekend is once again full of great events but highlighted by Cycle Charlotte. Cycle Charlotte is a bicycle festival in Uptown Charlotte with three support bike routes and live music.

Whether you are a beginner, an avid rider, or just happen to own a bike that?s been hanging in the garage for a year, there is an event for you during Bike! Charlotte. Break out the bike and head to a Bike! Charlotte event. A detailed list of Bike! Charlotte events will be posted on the web and/or will be listed in the Observer on May 3. For more detailed information on the week of events, contact Neal Boyd at or CDOT bicycle planner Ken Tippette at 704-336-2278. The event's Web site can be found at

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