Rain could put damper on Bike to Work Day

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Hundreds of people are expected to park the car Friday morning and peddle to work as part of National Bike to Work Day - that's if the forecast doesn't deter them.

It's supposed to be cool and wet, which could make for an uncomfortable commute.

As Connie Schmuker with Bicycle Garage Indy said, "Some of us ride in any kind of weather but others will join in the celebration only if it's not raining."

Each year the number of people taking part grows. This year, Schmuker expects at least 1,500 cyclists to bike to work, coming from all parts of the city.

As in years past, they will converge at the Indy Bike Hub at City Market for breakfast and socializing before work.

Mayor Ballard, who usually cycles to the City-County Building on Bike to Work Day, will welcome fellow cyclists and share a few comments at 7:45 A.M.

A new event this year is the blessing of the bicycles, which will involve a minister and a rabbi.

Organizers are also recruiting cyclists to take part in the M4, the Mayor's Million Mile Month Challenge.

They're hoping to get at least 5000 Indianapolis-area residents to take part in the National Bike Challenge and collectively help Indianapolis reach its goal of one million miles in May.

A news release reads, "One Million Miles may seem like a big goal, but it's definitely doable: 5000 bicyclists riding 200 miles each = 1,000,000 miles. In fact, we believe there are already at least one million miles ridden in May in Indianapolis, but there hasn't been an easy way to count them until now," said IndyCog Executive Director Kevin Whited.

Depending on how many bike to work Friday, the city could reach a new milestone.