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LA CROSSE, Wis. - Forty percent of all trips made in a car are less than two miles. With gas prices being so high, those small trips can add up.

This week bicycle advocates are challenging people to make a small change in their transportation habits.

Employees throughout our area are being encouraged to leave their cars behind and instead travel to work on their bicycle.

But, there's some who have found it's their passion to do it year-round. For these people, it's a small change that makes a big difference.

Barb Bjornstad is a music teacher in La Crescent. She rides her bike to work every day of the year; rain or shine and even snow.

"A good 10-15 years ago, just to start getting some good exercise and cut down on gas mileage," said Bjornstad.

She lives in La Crosse, so her early morning trip brings her through the downtown area and across the blue bridge to Minnesota, "That gets me to my first stop for work," said Bjornstad.

Once at work, she spends her mornings teaching elementary kids and her afternoons at the middle school.

"In the afternoon I head another mile south to the middle school/high school and teach my fifth and sixth grade and then come back here and head on home," said Bjornstad.

Scott McMurray is another person who bikes to work year-round. Serving as the pastor of three different churches, he's got a lot of ground to cover.

"A daily basis, it'd be from my home in Onalaska out by Menards to the southside of La Crosse. That'd be 8 and a half miles each way. Or, I come here to St. Luke which is about five miles," said McMurray.

Tim Keniepp, President of the Driftless Region Bike Coalition in La Crosse is also a rain or shine, all year biker. His organization works with communities and policy makers to encourage bike friendly transportation.