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Normally it takes Jerad Garrison 45 minutes to get from his home in Crest Hill to his job at Governors State University in University Park. Last week, however, it took him three hours, but he is not complaining.

Garrison was not delayed by traffic jams, accidents, or a flat tire. Nor did his long commute contribute to the pollution levels and over crowded roadways. Garrison provided all the power he needed as he rode his bike over 40 miles to work.

Garrison’s two-wheeled commute was part of Bike to Work Week sponsored by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. While this trip was a first for Garrison, he frequently takes long bike rides along the Illinois & Michigan Canal state trail and other Chicago area bike trails.