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MDOT promotes bicycling on new Web site and YouTube

Contact: Janet Foran, MDOT Office of Communications,
foranj@michigan.gov
517-335-7176
Agency: Transportation

May 5, 2011 -- As National Bike to Work Week (May 16-20) approaches, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is promoting a new video about the benefits and savings of bicycling on the MDOT YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MichiganDOT. It is part of the new "Mi Commute" Web site that includes tips and tools to help with the cost of commuting. The Web site www.michigan.gov/micommute explores bicycling, public transportation, and other modes of travel that may help commuters save precious gas dollars.

The YouTube animated video, the third of three produced by MDOT, follows a commuter named Wally, who challenges people to consider walking or bicycling for short- to medium-length trips. Wally calls bicycling "a simple way of reducing pollution, and a fantastic money-saving solution."

With Bike to Work Week nearing, warmer weather around the corner, and gas prices climbing, many more people are likely to turn to walking and bicycling as an affordable mode of transportation. Bicyclists are reminded to follow the rules of the road, use lights when traveling at night or in low light conditions, and wear bright, reflective clothing to ensure they are as visible as possible.

Motorists are cautioned to pay close attention when driving near bicyclists and pedestrians, as the warmer spring months lure people outdoors.

Michigan has a growing number of bike lanes and thousands of miles of shared-use pathways that bicyclists can use and enjoy. For maps and other important information to help you plan your bicycle commute, check the Mi Commute Web site to learn what options may work for you.

MDOT's commuting initiative, which began in April, also includes videos about ridesharing and public transit.

MDOT: Working with our partners at airports, bus systems, marine and rail to find innovative solutions for Michigan's transportation systems.
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