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Oak Lawn hits for cycle in bike challenge

Updated: January 23, 2012 2:49AM



During the recent “Bike to Work Week,” Oak Lawn employees issued a friendly challenge to their counterparts in Orland Park — the town that had the most municipal workers biking to work could claim the unofficial title of “healthiest suburb.”

The outcome? Not close.

Oak Lawn had 113 people take part vs. 20 for Orland Park. Among the Oak Lawn workers cycling to their job was an employee who’s five months pregnant.

Active Transportation Alliance spearheaded “Bike to Work Week” during the week of June 13, and municipalities and businesses throughout the Chicago area encouraged employees to bike all, or part, of their daily commute.

Chris McDonnell, assistant to Orland Park’s village manager, said some of the 20 workers rode their bicycles nearly every day that week, and some plan to continue occasionally biking to work.

The event inspired a “reinvested interest” in biking to work this summer among some Oak Lawn employees, said Joseph Tauer, a village planner.



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