National “bike to work day” ride set for Friday

The second annual “bike to work day” ride in Haywood County will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 18. The ride will depart from Best Buy parking lot on South Main in Waynesville, and will make its way via portions of the Haywood Hub to the town’s park at the intersection of Depot and Main streets.

“Ride to Work Day” events draw attention to the possibilities of commuting to work, saving gas, and improving the quality of the environment. The 2011 event attracted 14 cyclists. This year’s organizers hope to double that number to 28.

Riders will be accompanied by cycle-mounted Waynesville police. Registration and helmets are required. Children under 15 should be accompanied by an adult.

The ride is sponsored by the Waynesville Police Department, Smoky Mountain Café, Best Buy and BicycleHaywoodNC, a chapter of Blue Ridge Bicycle Club.

Smoky Mountain Café will provide drink and post-ride nourishments for the participants.

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