Just call him LeGreen.
It's not every day that one of the world's most famous athletes takes his bicycle to work, but that's just what LeBron James did on Sunday afternoon. The hoops lightning rod hopped on his two-wheeler to avoid the horrid south Florida traffic caused by Sunday's Miami Marathon. Officials warned the public of long delays around the city caused by road closures.
James, two-time NBA MVP, hopped on his custom-made bike for what he said was a 40-minute trip from his mansion to American Airlines Arena. A Heat fan snapped a photo of LeBron and placed it on Twitter; it was re-tweeted by an NBA blogger and soon went viral.
LeBron sported a spandex outfit and backpack with a giant helmet while pedaling through the streets of Miami. It clearly didn't hurt his performance on the court, as James had 35 points and 11 rebounds to help the Heat to a 97-93 win over the Bulls in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.
How rare is it for regular folks to ride a bike to work?
Experts estimate fewer than 1 percent of American adults commute to work on a bicycle. Montana has the highest percentage of work commuters with 1.6 percent, followed by western states Oregon and Idaho, according to trafficsafety.org. In the Sunshine State, only 0.4 percent of work trips are on a bike. Florida also has the highest annual reported bike fatality rate in America at 115.7 per year. Good for LeBron for wearing his helmet.
LeBron says despite his annual $16 million salary, this isn't his first work commute on two wheels.
"I've done it a few times; it's not common but I've done it a few times. It felt good this morning," James said after the game.
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