Hattiesburg launches bike to work challenge

Hattiesburg launches bike to work challenge
The challenge will be held between April 29 and May 10. (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg is challenging residents to bike to work in honor of National Bike to Work Day.

The City and the Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest-Lamar Metropolitan Planning Organization have teamed up with local organizations and businesses to host the challenge between April 29 and May 10.

“We have promoted this program singularly in the past, but this year we wanted to take it to a new level,” said Urban Development Director Andrew Ellard. “By joining forces with our local business community and organizations, we’re hoping to bring awareness to the multi-use paths, bike trails and bike lanes that are available to Hattiesburg residents.”

You can participate in the challenge, download the official Bike to Work Challenge Passport by visiting hattiesburgms.com/b2w. For each day you bike to work, have your supervisor sign the passport. At the end of the week, submit the passport in person or electronically to win prizes such as a pair of season tickets for Southern Miss football, a pair of tickets to a City Lights + Music Nights show, bike tune-ups from Moore’s Bike Shop, Hattiesburg gift bags and more.

Other prizes will be given to those who share their bike to work journey on social media through the hastag #B2WHBURG on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

“One of the best parts of Bike to Work Week is witnessing the great affinity that residents have for their city, particularly when they begin to explore the many trails and pathways that exist in Hattiesburg,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “We know this challenge promotes personal fitness and public health. Furthermore, it pushes us to invest in a built environment that encourages the safety of cyclists and pedestrians alike.”

The City reminds you to use good judgement and obey bike safety rules such as wearing a helmet, use of hand signals and taking bike paths where available.

To participate, residents can follow these easy steps:

  • Download the official Bike to Work Passport at hattiesburgms.com/b2w
  • Bike to work for as many days as possible between April 29 and May 10, and have a supervisor sign off in the designated box for each day as proof.
  • Turn in the passport electronically (by scan or photo) to mayor@hattiesburgms.com, via the form at hattiesburgms.com/b2w or in person to the Mayor’s Office in City Hall (200 Forrest Street) by 5 p.m. on May 15.
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, May 17 - Bike to Work Day.

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