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BIKE! Charlotte 2007
BIKE! Charlotte 2007 is set to begin this Friday, May 4 with the Mayor's Ride/Bike to Breakfast. Please help us spread the word about this important event. While the Mayor's Ride/Bike to Breakfast may be a short ride, it's the impact that makes this event so important. The event will once again start at the Dowd YMCA at 7:30AM and head into Uptown Charlotte for breakfast provided by Lola's at the Wachovia Plaza.

BIKE! Charlotte is ten days of bicycle-related events and promotions used to encourage families, friends and colleagues to break out the bike and integrate it into their daily routine. This ten-day event will be held Friday May 4 and run through the following Sunday May 13. The theme for the seventh annual event is "The Power of the Pedal." Whether used for transportation or recreation, bicycles are efficient, nonpolluting modes of travel with great health benefits.

The intention of the 2007 edition of BIKE! Charlotte is to empower the citizens of Charlotte to incorporate the bicycle into their life. Whether you are pedaling to better health, to save money, for cleaner air, to have more energy, for losing weight, independence, easier parking, or to have just plain fun -- you can get there with "The Power of the Pedal".

The 2007 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 Dilworth Criterium, bicycle safety rodeos, and bicycle rides. 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 second weekend of BIKE! Charlotte is once again full of great events and highlighted by Cycle Charlotte. Cycle Charlotte is a bicycle festival in Uptown Charlotte starting at the Dowd YMCA with three supported 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 can be found at www.bike-charlotte.org or check out the BIKE! Charlotte special section in the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday, May 2. For more detailed information on the week of events, contact Neal Boyd at nealboyd@charlottesportscycling.com or CDOT bicycle planner Ken Tippette at 704-336-2278.





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