This week, officials and groups in the city of Springfield want you to ditch your car.
It’s the annual “Bike, Walk & Wheel” week where residents are encouraged to use more active ways of getting around the city, such as walking or using a bicycle.
Springfield’s greenways system has over 70 miles of trails and paths for someone to walk or bike around the area, and inside the city there are over 80 miles on-street bike routes.
A number of themed events will be taking place during the week, including Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club holding a morning “coffee meet” between 6-7:30 a.m. for those biking to work or school this week. They will be at Kingdom Coffee downtown on Tuesday; Panera Bread on Sunshine Wednesday; downtown staple The Coffee Ethic on Thursday and Eurasia Cafe Friday.
There is even a contest for “bike month” called Bike Month Bingo. If you get a bingo on your card, you post a photo on social media with the hashtags #OzarkGreenways #BikeWalkWheelWeek for a chance to win prizes.bike-month-bingo_1
Also, all city busses will be giving free rides to bike riders if you have your bike with you. The busses are equipped on the front with bike racks.