COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- More than 300 bicyclists are expected to commute to work on their two-wheeled devices Friday. It's National Bike to Work Day, a day advocates use to promote the mode of transportation.

"The percentage of people who commute mostly by bike is still fairly small, but it is growing in central Ohio," said Claire Jennings with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Several groups will meet up at different locations around central Ohio and bike into downtown Columbus, meeting up at Columbus Commons around 8 a.m.

More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, according to supporters who say bicycling is a feasible and fun way to get to work. From 2000 to 2011 the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent.

Jennings says that if more downtown workers biked to work it would make parking easier to find and ease congestion in downtown Columbus.

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