On average, more than 11,000 commuters ride their bikes to work each day, city officials say, and they are hoping for more during Friday's annual Bike to Work Day.

Minneapolis City Council members will lead rides from various parts of Minneapolis to the Hennepin County Government Center where there will be a rally and celebration from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. So look for large groups of cyclists pedaling into the city Friday morning, in addition to those heading in on their own.

In other parts of the city, the Minneapolis Bike Coalition will set up "Pit Stops" all around Minneapolis where staff members will give out snacks and sponsor activities for bicycle commuters.

As an incentive to get people to ride, the coalition is offering $2,500 in prizes for those who pledge to ride to work on Friday.

Long ranked as one of the best cities for biking, Minneapolis has 135 miles of on-street and 100 miles of off-street bikeways. Since 2013, the city has added nine miles of protected bike lanes including on Plymouth Avenue N., 3rd and 11th avenues S., SE. Oak Street and on 26th and 28th Streets.

More information on Bike to Work Day is available at www.mplsbikemonth.org.

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