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Southern Tier celebrates National Bike Month

(WBNG) — May is National Bike Month, and our local communities are celebrating simply by hopping on a bike.

Robert Murphy has been working in downtown Binghamton for years, riding his bike to the office just about every day.

“It’s a little bit of exercise and it helps, you know, it helps me clear my mind when I’m going back,” said Murphy. “Other side of it is you also encounter people on the sidewalk, see people on the way.”

Murphy isn’t alone. The United Way of Broome County also supports cycling and it’s benefits through its Fresh Cycles program.

These workshops are important to the community, especially since for some, cycling is their only way of getting around.

“In many situations individuals don’t have any form of transportation at all,” said United Way Executive Director Jacqueline Gerchman. “This might be that first opportunity to leave the neighborhood, to see different areas that group ride.”

Meanwhile, it’s also environmentally friendly. If you are riding your bike to work instead of driving your car, that is one less person driving a car.

Fresh Cycles holds building workshops every Monday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and anyone can attend.

Construction is also ongoing in downtown to make paths more suitable to bike riders.

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