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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Residents in Miami are hitting the streets on two wheels for the annual Bike305 Bike-To-Work Day event.

On Friday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, along with other community leaders, are kicking off the ride starting at the University of Miami Metrorail Station, showing how easy it is to cycle to work.

“It’s a great alternative, a great option that gets you out of traffic,” said Daniella Levine-Cava, Commissioner for District 8 of Miami-Dade County. “The mayor, four years ago, proclaimed this Bike to Work Day and we’ve been biking to work ever since!”

South Florida is being asked to leave their cars behind and join the ride to reduce traffic congestion and experience the stress-relieving health benefits of pedaling a bike.

“It’s a great initiative to get people exercising and moving, and less congestion on the streets,” said Tim Milian, of the Surfside Parks and Recreation Dept. “I’m an avid cyclist so it’s great to see a ton of people out.”

The event highlights several other rides throughout March, which is “Bike305 Month” in Miami-Dade County.