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Planet CLE: Celebrating National Bike to Work Day

Around 870,000 Americans bike to work every day. 3News is urging viewers to cut down on driving during May as part of our Planet CLE initiative.

CLEVELAND — Friday marked National Bike to Work Day. So in the morning, a group of bikers met at Public Square, where Bike Cleveland had some treats waiting as those on wheels made their way to their final destination.

In all, about 870,000 Americans bike to work every day. 

One of those who choose to bike to work in Sean Martin. He started biking to work while living in New York City. Once he moved to Cleveland, he decided to continue. 

For Sean, it's about a 15-minute trip for him from Ohio City to downtown on his bike. 

"I'll bike around town, if I want to go out to some of the bars and restaurants," Sean adds. "And I don't have to pay for parking!"

National Bike to Work Day aims to get people to ditch their cars and cycle to work to focus on the environmental impacts. It also puts an emphasis on the safety awareness for cyclists. 

Sean says one of the biggest benefits of biking is health, both physical and mental. "Mentally, it's great," he adds. "The 15 minutes I ride home, it kiind of decompresses my brain."

And he has some tips for those looking to start out in the cycling world. "If you're afraid about the distance, start small. Start riding around your neighborhood, then make it a goal to bike to work," Sean advises.

Sean Miller is actually a broadcast engineer for Bally Sports' TV trucks. So he helps get your Cleveland sports games on television. 

Remember, from now until the end of May, we are challenging our staff and viewers to reduce their amount of driving by at least one car trip. It’s all part of WKYC Studios’ Planet CLE initiative, which kicked off on Earth Day. 

RELATED: How you can take on our Drive Less Challenge

The reasoning behind the challenge is this: Driving is a major contributor to air pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation represents 29% of greenhouse gas emissions by sector. Other sectors include electricity, industry, agriculture, commercial and residential.

Read more about our "Drive Less Challenge" by clicking here.

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