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Jan 13, 2011 11:01 AM

2 Wheelin' 2 work in January

TUCSON - With the cold January mornings sticking around, you may be trying to stay under the covers as long as possible, or cranking your car heater to the maximum. Since that's the case, a few local businesses decided to join forces to motivate locals to get up and bike to work.

Valerie Aurora, one of the creators of the "back to work, bike to work challenge," teamed up with Spoke 6, the Watershed Management Group, and There and Back Bicycles, to help promote 2 Wheelin' throughout the month.

"I wanted a reason to get on my bicycle in January when it was really cold so I decided the best way to do that was to have a competition," Aurora said.

This is how it works.

"Each day that you bicycle into work, you get entered into a drawing for prizes at the end," she continued.

Additionally, every Wednesday this month, you can stop by Spoke 6 for free food and a place to work.

Tim Bowen, from Spoke 6, says everyone commuting with a bike is welcome.

"We're encouraging anyone who wants to come on by, have some breakfast check out the space and go on their way."

And Jared McFarland, didn't think twice about coming by.

"Free is awesome, you can't go wrong with free right? When they told me they were having a bike to work day, I was like cool of course ill be there," said McFarland

For the challenge, There and Back Bicycles also held a pancake breakfast this past week, and will hold the final prize drawing on February 9th. The prizes include a free month of work space and a gift certificate to There and Back Bicycles.

However, even more important for avid cyclist Emily Yetman, meeting other local 2 wheelers.

"It's fun to meet other people who are doing the same thing and it definitely creates a sense of community," said Yetman

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