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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Get out your bikes, walking shoes, or even rollerblades.
The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition has declared this Active Commute Week, and the week of perfect weather lends no excuse not to take part if you live relatively close to work.
Coalition Director Tom Tilma says the latest figures from 2010 show nationally, .5 percent of people commute to work.
In Michigan, .4 percent of Grand Rapids residents commute, compared to 3.1 percent of Ann Arbor residents.
Tilma's goal is to get the greater Grand Rapids area up to 2 percent in the next few years. He hopes his coalition's ambitions will become reality with help from the city.
The City of Grand Rapids recently installed bike lanes on Plymouth Avenue. Bike lanes will also be added on Burton Street.
The city manager also has plans to add 27 miles of bike lanes in one year, starting in July.
The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition is holding a variety of events for Active Commute Week, including a week-long competition for businesses and individuals to track their distances.
There are also cycling workshops, and rallies will take place Friday across Grand Rapids and the suburbs.
Just click above for a link to their website and more details.
May is also National Bike Month.
In Muskegon, Ride On Muskegon is encouraging people to bicycle to work as well.