National Bike Month Commuter Contest

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By Jessica Pasko

What's the quickest way home in rush hour traffic? No, clicking your heels three times doesn't work, we've tried. For the last four years the NY Bicycling Coalition has proved that in A-Town, it's the bicycle. Tonight they'll try and do it again.

As part of National Bike Month the NY Bicycling Coalition is hoping to encourage more people to trade four wheels for two. And with gas prices hurling toward the $4 a gallon mark, that's getting more appealing every day.

To bring home the point that two wheels can be quicker than four the group is co-hosting their 5th annual commuter contest. The race starts at 5 p.m. at the Starbucks on the corner of State and Pearl Street and ends at the Starbucks in Stuyvesant Plaza. Cyclists will compete against a CDTA bus and one of Albany's first Smart Cars to see who can get to Stuyvesant Plaza the fastest. Steiner's Sports is donating prizes, and everybody who rides gets free Starbucks.

Anyone with a bike can compete, but don't forget your helmet or you're out of the running. Oh, and this is not an extreme sport -- riders are required to follow all traffic rules.

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