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Freebies for Marshfield bike-riders

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- We know bike riding offers many health benefits. If you take two wheels instead of four around Marshfield, you could get some extra perks.

People who live in Marshfield say the city's already pretty bike-friendly, with separate lanes on roads and sidewalk space for more timid riders. Now, there's even more in store for two-wheelers if they grab one of the special stickers to put on their helmet.

"We've given out 300 stickers and we actually have to order more," said Marshfield Healthy Lifestyles Coalition member Sara Richie. "It ends at the end of July."

Bike riders already burn more calories than people who get from place to place in a car. During the summer months they can get even more benefits, like free drinks, temporary tattoos or discounts on bike accessories.

"That's not good just once," said Sports Den Owner Dennis Riedel. "That's good for the entire run of this program so every day they could feasibly get a 10% discount."

The Sports Den is one of four local spots chipping in for freebies. Bikers can get free drinks at Target or Baltus. They can also get free stickers or temporary tattoos at the Marshfield Public Library.

"It's part of a healthy lifestyle and that's one of the things that we strongly promote," said Riedel.

Richie said they're planning another sticker order so there will be more perks to go around. And by promoting good habits, she said they're planning for a more active future for everyone in Marshfield.

"Hopefully this program will encourage people to use their bike as a mode of transportation," said Richie.

Bike riders can pick up stickers at any of the participating locations through July 31st.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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