By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Government figures show more than half of us live within five miles of where we work.

Mike Schuh met up with a group of commuters who say that distance is perfect for using a bicycle.

More and more as traffic flows through town, we get glimpses of a growing trend. A bike commuter here, two bikes there. Nationally, in the past decade, biking to work is up 47 percent.

Heather Franz jumped in seat-first.

“I ride every single day. I sold my car four years ago. So–rain, shine, snow,” she said.

Baltimore’s Bike to Work Day is one of thousands nationwide. Listen in, and bike commuters will tell you not of the physical benefits, but the mental ones.

“It’s like a form of meditation,” Franz said. “If I’m upset about anything, I can just hop on my bike and all I’m concentrating on really is riding and everything else just kind of clears away. It’s nice.”

“I ride my bike every day,” said Sean Burnett. “I love getting out of the house in the morning. I get out of work, and that’s a treat already. But to be able to get on your bike and be able to go anywhere you want under your own power, get a little exercise and a little sweat going, it feels really good to me and really helps me out. Helps my day kind of move on.”

“It’s the best thing in my day,” said Curtis Brown.

Brown also gave up his car. His secret: “I’ve got my bicycle rack back here,” he said

With more people like Curtis on the street, the city is spending over $3 million this year and next to expand bike lanes in the city.

“I think the sign of a thriving and vibrant city is having multi-modal transportation. We have people who love cycling and I’m working very hard to support them,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Bad weather in our area delayed Bike to Work Day by two weeks.

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