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A bicycle commuter who rides four miles to work, five days a week, avoids 2,000 miles of driving and about 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year.

DuPage County Board Chair joins Bike to Work Week

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin launched Bike to Work Week in the West Suburbs by pedaling to the county government center in Wheaton from his home town Elmhurst. Early in the day on June 13, about 20 people set off on the Illinois Prairie Path to ride all or part of the 11-mile commute with the chairman.

This group included Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni and members of Cronin's family.  Also among the riders were members of the Elmhurst Bicycle Club and Bicycle Task Force, the Illinois Prairie Path group and the BRATS Bicycle Club of Wheaton.

The starting point for the ride, Elmhurst, was just one of five DuPage County communities that sponsored Bicycle Commuter Pit Stops at their downtown Metra stations.

Among these five Bike Pit Stops, one of the busiest was the Bartlett Metra station on June 15 and 17, where Spindoctors Cyclewerks and Active Trans staff distributed over 400 packets of bicycling information to commuters!

A round of applause is needed for all the volunteers who helped make Bike to Work Week a success in the West Suburbs.