LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Its National Bike month, and the upcoming Tour of Long Beach is motivating the preparation training of bicyclists, including the mayor.

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, who cycled to work Wednesday, says that bicycling is his preferred method of exercise, and that he tries to cycle around 100 miles every week in lieu of the event.

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“This is cycling to work day, so we are trying to demonstrate to everyone that its a good thing to ride your bike to work,” Foster said. “It’s better for your health, better for the environment, and an easy thing to do, and its part of National bicycle month, which we are promoting the use of bicycles, and this is ahead of the Tour of Long Beach, which occurs on May 11, where we are now on pace to have 3,200 signed up.

Mayor Foster also says that the Tour will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital, and that all the proceeds go to the pediatric oncology unit.

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The Tour of Long Beach will be held on May 11, and is for cyclists of all skill levels.

The tour will feature a 31-mile open course, a 4-mile Family Fun Ride, or the 100-mile Crus Gran Fondo ride.

Amateur cyclists as well as bicycle enthusiasts are invited.

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Registration for the event is still open. For more information, visit the Tour Of Long Beach’s website.