By J.D. Miles

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s good for your health and it can save you a lot of money. That is why more people in Plano are considering the option of riding a bicycle to work.

The City of Plano has completed a 27-year plan that allows people who live and work within it’s boundaries to swap four wheels for two, making bike paths more than just recreational. This month, the city will finish installing brand new signs marking trails and safe street routes to every major employer.

Heather Appleby rides her bicycle to work almost every day, and welcomes the new trail route system. “It’s a chance to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak,” she said, “because I get my exercise in and I’m able to get a commute in at the same time.”

It’s estimated that in a city of nearly 300,000 people, less than 100 people in Plano use their bikes regularly to get to and from work. The city hopes the street-trail system will improve those numbers, along with a proposed new ordinance that would keep motorists a minimum distance from cyclists. “It should be completed within this next month,” said Brian Bedinfield with DFW Bike. “It’s greater because it advertises routes that are safe for cyclists, as well as it communicates with road users that cyclists may be on the road.”

Michael Freiberger lives in Allen and works in Richardson, but will benefit from Plano’s new system. “I don’t have to deal with US-75 anymore. I don’t deal with the snarls of traffic. I enjoy the commute. I arrive refreshed,” said Freiberger.

The city has posted routes to more than 50 employers online to make it easy for residents who want to join cyclists like Appleby, and are willing to do a little leg work.

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