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Bike to Work Day is May 17

May 17 is National Bike to Work Day and Knoxville-area bike commuters are invited to participate by stopping by Market Square on their way to work. Celebrate with free coffee and biscuits from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with Mayor Rogero.

Jim Hagerman, director of engineering for the city of Knoxville, pauses on his daily bicycle commute to work earlier this month in South Knoxville. The city is teaming up with Knoxville's regional Transportation Planning Organization to begin the process of finding ways to improve bicycle infrastructure within the city. (Paul Efird/News Sentinel)

Can't get downtown? Even if you have a different destination or start time, several businesses around town will also participate independently. See the full list of where to snag a free cup of coffee for biking to work.

Bike to Work Day is a way for people who have considered biking to work, whether to save money on parking and gas or to improve their health, to try it out. 

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It's also a time for people who already bike to work, which is generally a solitary activity, to come together. Bike convoys leave from north, south, east and west locations and travel to Market Square so that no one has to bike alone.

"It's fine if you drive to the convoy meeting location and then bike in with the group," says Kelley Segars, Principal Planner with the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization. "You're still saving money on gas, and making physical activity part of your daily routine

Here's where to find your closest biking convoy or call 865-215-3815 for more info.

From the north:
6:30 a.m., Halls
Meet at Halls Center, 6950 Maynardville Pike, near Ace Hardware.
7 a.m., North Knoxville 
Meet at Office Depot/Food City parking lot on Broadway, 4212 N Broadway.

From the east:
7 a.m., East Knoxville
Meet at Holston River Park, 3300 Holston Hills Road (top parking lot by pavilion).
7:40 a.m. Parkridge
Meet at the Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, corner of Woodbine and Winona. 

From the west:
6:30 a.m. Cedar Bluff
Meet at the Ten Mile Creek trailhead, 175 Seven Oaks Dr, at the eastern end of the Carmike Wynnsong Theater parking lot.
7:15 a.m., Bearden 
Meet at Third Creek Greenway trailhead, 130 Forest Park Blvd.

From the south:
7:15 a.m., South Knoxville
Meet near South Knoxville Library, 4500 Chapman Hwy.
7:30 a.m. Island Home 
Meet at the intersection of Island Home Ave and Sevier Ave

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