GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Friday, May 17 is National Bike to Work Day, and the City of Grand Rapids is encouraging people to participate.

Cycling is a clean and healthy way to commute, and like many cities nationwide Grand Rapids is working toward being a safer place for people on two wheels.

Grand Rapids is actively building up its bike infrastructure and culture. Biking is one of the city's fastest-growing commute styles, according to Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.  About 32% of downtown residents and 3% of commuters chose to walk or bike to work each day.

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To accommodate the rising demand, the city continues to expand on the network of cycle routes that lead into and out of downtown. Cyclists can also find hundreds of bike parking spaces, several public bike repair stations and a growing number of bike-friendly businesses. 

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. also currently works with the City of Grand Rapids and other community partners to plan for the development of safer bike lanes, study the feasibility of a bike-share system and other initiatives to advance the city's evolving transportation strategy to better serve city cyclists.

The League of American Bicyclists designates Grand Rapids a bronze level Bike Friendly Community.

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