By Julie Lawrence Special to Published May 12, 2008 at 11:49 AM

The weather isn't exactly "spring-like" today, but perhaps that's all the more reason to hop on the bike and get your blood flowing. It's Bike to Work Week (BTWW) in Milwaukee and aside from saving a few bucks on gas and gaining a little muscle in the calves, there are plenty of reasons to keep the car in park this week.

Schedule of events:

All week long: Monday, May 12 through Friday, May 16
7-9 a.m. -- Daily free coffee, bakery and bicycle commuting information is available for bike commuters at:

  • Alterra Foundry, 170 S. 1st St.
  • Sigma Environmental Group, 1300 W. Canal St., on the Hank Aaron State Trail
  • Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Pl., on the Oak Leaf Trail

Tuesday, May 13
6-10 p.m. -- Bike trivia night, prizes and drink specials at Stonefly Brewing, 735 E. Center St.

Wednesday, May 14
5:30 p.m. -- Bike to the Brewers Game. Meet up at either 6th and Canal Streets or The Outpost, 7000 W. State St. Auto parking for Canal Street meet-up located at Sigma Environmental Group, 1300 W. Canal St.

Thursday, May 15
It's Bike to School Day. (Roughly one-third of all traffic congestion is related to dropping kids off at school.)

Friday, May 16
8 p.m. -- Bike-in movie with a screening of the film "Klunkerz," a fast-moving documentary by filmmaker Billy Savage and VAS Entertainment that traces the global rise of mountain biking from its Marin County roots. At the Media Garden, 1758 N. Water St., beneath the Holton Street Viaduct, across from Trocadero.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”