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Baltimore Bike to Work Day event rescheduled due to expected rain

Baltimore’s 21st annual “Bike to Work Day” event Friday, for which transportation officials had planned a ride to promote bicycling, has been postponed until June 1 due to rain in the forecast, officials said.

The ride will start at Baltimore Visitor’s Center in the Inner Harbor and end with a news conference at the War Memorial Plaza outside City Hall.

“After much debate, we unfortunately have decided to reschedule this Friday’s Bike To Work Day events,” said Tammy Walters, a city Department of Transportation spokeswoman. “This may be a huge inconvenience, but safety is priority.”

More than 1,300 cyclists have registered to meet up at 48 “pit stop” locations around the region for Bike to Work Day, according to the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, which is coordinating the event.

Registration will be extended until May 30, but those who registered for Friday’s event do not need to register again, the council said.

“While many cyclists regularly commute in an array of weather, the threat of flooding and lightening storms, present very real concerns for participants' safety from the Bike to Work Day committee and local public safety agencies,” the Baltimore Metropolitan Council said in a statement.

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