HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland city of Hagerstown is embracing bicycling in a big way.

The city is marking National Bike to Work Week by unveiling a bicycle-themed mural and announcing a bicycle race.

Hagerstown officials and the Antietam Velo Club said Tuesday that the club will run a series of races in the city center on the evening of June 17. The club says the event will kick off its three-day Tour of Washington County.

The city was unveiling the mural Tuesday afternoon on the downtown North Potomac Street Parking deck.

City officials say the painting was created by students from the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, a downtown institution that is part of the public school system.

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