For one week, daily commuters were down to only two wheels as they left for their jobs.
Each year, people across the nation, including in Naperville, participate in Bike to Work Week as a way to promote a healthy alternative commute to work or to the train station.
Even DuPage County officials participated in the tradition.
Board Chairman Dan Cronin pedaled 13 miles along the Illinois Prairie Path for the third year in a row now, along with about a dozen friends and coworkers.
“You can get in your car and sit in traffic and be aggravated or you can get up a little earlier and get on your bike and bike to work,” said Cronin. “It’s good for your heart, good for your health and your emotional state. You might be a little sweaty when you get to work but I think people will understand and give you a little latitude about the dress code because when you bike to work, you’re more alert and more productive.”
City Safety Coordinator, Don Phillips, regularly rides his bike during work so he can get to his many job sites at electrical and water facilities. He cycles up to eight hours a week to stay healthy, to save on gas money, and to better observe his work sites that he must visit.
“Anything to stay in shape I will because if I’m not out in the field with the crews, I’m sitting at my desk and you don’t lose any weight sitting at your desk,” said Phillips. “The fitness is great but a lot of the streets in Naperville are pretty narrow so if I take my car out it just adds one more car to the congestion and one more car in the work zone that we don’t need there.
The additional space is great and last year I logged a little over 2,000 miles just riding in Naperville on my bike.”
DuPage County has more than 2,400 bike-friendly roadways and trails.
For more information, visit DuPage-co.org/bikeways.
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