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Bike season kicks off with 'Bike to Work Week'

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  • New reflective Oak Leaf Trail signs are easier to read and resistant to graffiti.

If you noticed more bikes on the road last week, you weren't imagining it.  It was national Bike To Work Week, and hundreds of Milwaukeeans traded in their four wheels for two.

And if it has been a while since you got your bike out of the garage, local officials are encouraging you to hit the bike trails this summer.

Milwaukee County Parks Director John Dargle says there are more than 120 miles of bike trails for you to explore within the county, the Oak Leaf trail the largest among them.  And new this year, the Parks system has added dozens of new reflective, graffiti-proof signs to help you navigate without a map, he said. 

The Milwaukee Bike Federation's Southeast Regional Director Keith Holt is also encouraging people to give biking a try this summer, pointing to the Oak Leaf Passport To Discovery program, where riders check off portions of the trail on a physical passport issued by the county.  88nine's Brianne O'Brien last told you about the program in 2012.

For more about biking in Milwaukee this summer, check out our interview with Holt and Dargle by clicking the podcast player above.