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NEWORLEANS - The city of New Orleans wants downtown commuters to leave their cars at home and take their bikes to work instead. Tuesday is the second NOLA Bike to Work Day.

The goal is to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of biking.

There are various starting points around town and bikers will ride in between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

A hub was set up outside of City Hall in Duncan Plaza. Refreshments, bike mechanics and biking information will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

After work, riders can take their bike to the World War II Museum for beverage and food specials at American Sector.

In 2012, about 550 people took part in the event.

City officials said they expect to see more in 2013, especially because New Orleans is in the process of becoming more bike accessible.

Before Hurricane Katrina, about 11 miles of bike paths existed. In 2012, there were 50 miles of bike paths. In 2013, about 57 miles are in place.

Get more Bike to Work Day information.

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