Hundreds of northern Nevadans took to the roads today, but not in their usual four-wheeled vehicles. We're right in the middle of Bike to Work, School, and Fun Week.
"This is a great thing to kick off, and we're encouraging people to ride bikes to work once in a while. Save a little gas, a little pollution, and make it a better place to live," says Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.
"There are so many benefits to biking to work and school. We are trying to reduce car emissions, trying to reduce traffic congestion, trying to increase health benefits for all," says Julie Hunter of the Washoe County Health District.
Mayor Cashell got to ride in style on the back of the moon buggy powered by none other than City Manager Andrew Clinger and with a police escort to boot. Hundreds of locals joined in to encourage everyone to leave the car in the garage and bike for the environment to save a little money - and for some good exercise.
But it wasn't just about the body, this event was also about the brain. The Ride for Reading Organization held a book drive and today they delivered 1,200 books to Echo Loder Elementary School. "Only one in 300 kids across the us have a grade-appropriate book inside their home, so being able to bring our outside community efforts into their house is really nice," says Mary-Jane Cloud of the Washoe County School District Police.