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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Commuters across the Southland Thursday are being encouraged to ditch their cars in celebration of Bike to Work Day.

The event, which is a part of National Bike Week, is meant to celebrate the power of pedaling as an alternative means of transportation.

There will be free bike checks, drinks and snacks provided throughout several cities at special pit stops.

Those who use Metro as part of their ride to work will be able to take advantage of free rides on DASH and Commuter Express buses. They will also be entered into a contest to win a $700 cycling package from REI.

About 60 retailers will offer discounts to bikers Friday through Sunday.

For more information, visit Metro’s Bike Week LA.

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