Rochester’s transportation management association is encouraging commuters to consider two wheels on Friday.

Arrive Rochester has partnered with the City of Rochester, We Bike Rochester, and Rochester Downtown Alliance to observe May 17 as Bike to Work Day.

According to the American League of Bicyclists, 40 percent of all U.S. trips are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible, fun way to travel to work. Bike to Work Day provides an opportunity to get out from behind the wheel and test out pedaling to work alongside friends, family, and coworkers.

The Rochester observance will include a celebration at Peace Plaza from 6:30 to 9 a.m. Bike riders citywide can make a pit stop at Arrive Rochester’s energizer station to refuel with breakfast, raffle prizes and giveaways. Arrive Rochester will be located at the west end of Peace Plaza.

Bike to Work Day is part of Bike Month, taking place through May.

Throughout the month, Arrive Rochester is hosting a challenge. Anyone who records their bike commute through the Arrive Rochester rewards platform in May will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards for Nova Restaurant Group. Sign up at to start logging trips.

Rochester Public Transit is also offering free trips Friday for passengers with bikes. All RPT buses have front-mounted racks that hold up to two bicycles, enabling commuters to use transit for part of a bike commute.

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