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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to ride bike to work Thursday, May 15 for the city's bike to work day.

Mayor Alvin Brown and Councilman Don Redman will join local bike riders and will meet at the Time Union Performing Arts Center at 8 a.m. then ride to Hemming Plaza for a news conference at 8:30 a.m.

The event aims to encourage more people to ride bike to work as a greener way to commute.

Bicyclist and Chairman of the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Christopher Burns says Jacksonville has been slow to adopt alternate transportation, but he hopes the event will change that no matter the weather.

"By making a commitment to ride to work one makes a commitment that you will do that rain or shine and not just in fair weather so I expect we'll get a great crowd," said Burns.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people biking to work in the country has increased 60 percent in the last decade.

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