ABILENE, Texas -

Thousands of bicycles travel the Abilene roadways.  In celebration, National Bike to School/Work Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 17. This special day highlights bicycle safety as well as promotes public awareness. In Abilene, bicyclists are invited to ride their bikes to school or work.

The Ride to School event begins at 10 a.m. at Dyess Elementary located at 402 Delaware Rd. with a media conference following and remarks from AISD, Abilene Police and Fire Departments, The Melvin Martin Center for Children’s Safety, TxDOT, Biketown and Abilene Bicycle Club.

The Bike to Work event begins at 11:30 a.m. at City Hall located at 555 Walnut St. with a ride to the Center for Contemporary Arts at 220 Cypress St. and closing remarks.

“Bike to School/Work Day is a great opportunity to educate citizens about the shared roads concept for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in our city,” said E’Lisa Smetana, Event Coordinator. “We can heighten bicycle and pedestrian awareness in our community and make Abilene a safer place for cycling or walking.”

For more information on Bike to School/Work Day contact Abilene Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director, E’Lisa Smetana at 325-676-6492.