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Bike to Work Day started about a decade ago here in Central Arkansas and in the past couple of years and has become part of "Ditch the Keys Week" — a campaign to improve air quality in the Natural State that starts today. And as you well know, each project we implement has environmental aspects to it to help fulfill the part of our mission that speaks to caring for the Earth.

There are a number of Heifer employees who bike to work themselves, and a number of our project participants use bicycles as their primary mode of transporting goods to market. In East Africa, for example, many participants carry milk to cooling plants on the backs of bikes.

Still, most of us here at Headquarters do what we can protect the planet we call home. That's why Heifer fully supports Central Arkansas' Bike to Work Day 2013, which is Friday, May 17.

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Each day has a different theme to how you can do your part to prevent high ozone days:

Monday, May 13 Carpool to school/work

Tuesday, May 14 Walk to school/work

Wednesday, May 15 Ride the bus to school/work

Thursday, May 16 Car-free lunch

Friday, May 17 Bike to Work Day

Even if you don't have your own bike, these other days make it possible to participate and save a little gas at the same time. You can also become part of the community pledging to make roads safer for those who do bike at People for Bikes.

Though there is this one week set aside to remember our air quality, consider carpooling or biking to work more often than just Friday to help really make a dent in improving our Earth.

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Annie Bergman

Annie Bergman is a Global Communications Manager and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo, among many others in her six years at Heifer.