To make the morning ride to work even more enjoyable, Commuter Connect, Market District, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Carmel, and the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a free continental breakfast at the Monon Community Center at Central Park from 6-9 a.m. It will be free and open to all Bike to Work Day participants. This gathering will be especially convenient for those using the adjacent Monon Greenway to get to their workplace.
Carmel has a long history of embracing biking for both recreational and commuting purposes. The city has been designated a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists from 2006 through 2019.
“Each year we make improvements to our trail system to make it easier and safer for those who want to enjoy cycling for recreation or as a form of transportation. Many of our residents of all ages like the option of moving around the city using our more than 175 miles of paths and trails. Cycling also allows one to better appreciate the natural and architectural beauty of Carmel and experience the connectivity we are creating through our trail system,” said Mayor Jim Brainard.
Communities across the country are asked each year to celebrate May as National Bicycling Month by the League of American Bicyclists. In April, the Carmel City Council declared May as Bike Month and Bike to Work Day in Carmel. In addition to Bike to Work Day, the city has been promoting bicycle safety throughout the month. Bicycling is the most energy-efficient form of travel ever devised and can accommodate almost any level of fitness. It is also good for the environment as it helps reduce air, water and noise pollution. Studies have shown that more than half of all Americans live less than five miles from their place of work, a reasonable distance to bike for people in average physical shape.