The Edmond Sun

May 14, 2014

Edmond celebrates National Bike Month with 2 events


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — May is National Bike Month and nationwide bicycling is growing in popularity as both recreation and personal transportation.

In communities across the nation, there is a growing need and responsibility to provide options that give people the opportunity to bike — to bike more often, to bike to more places, and while making travel on roads safe for all road users. In 2012, the City of Edmond completed a Bicycle Master Plan with input from hundreds of citizens in our community, and is working towards implementation of bicycle facilities in our community such as bike lanes, shared lane markings, neighborhood way-finding signage, and paved shoulders.

To promote Bike Month, the City of Edmond and the Edmond Bicycle Committee are sponsoring two events to encourage bicycling in Edmond for fun, fitness and transportation. The first event will be the eighth annual Bike to Work Celebration scheduled for Friday. Biking to work is environmentally friendly, creates less wear on our roads while reducing stress and increasing personal health and fitness.

This year’s event will start and finish at the Edmond Festival Marketplace. Come join a short group ride, which will gather at 7:30 a.m. to be ready to start the ride at 7:45 a.m. The ride will go north on Broadway to Main and then east to University Drive and ride the new bike lane on University and then back to the Festival Marketplace. At the Festival Marketplace, there will be the celebration of Bike to Work along with healthy refreshments and door prizes. Sponsors for the Bike to Work Day are the City of Edmond/Edmond Bicycle Committee, Al’s Bicycles-Edmond, UCO, Edmond Electric, Cafe Evoke and Jamba Juice. The Bike to Work event will be cancelled if it rains.  

The Edmond Bicycle Committee is sponsoring the first annual Edmond Family Bike Ride on Saturday to encourage families and children to ride their bicycles for fitness and fun. This free event starts at 7:30 a.m. for registration for door prizes and a chance to win a youth bike. At 8 a.m. there will be a safety talk and line-up for the ride to begin at 8:30 a.m., which will go around the outer loop of the Mitch Park Trail. Healthy breakfast refreshment and fun activities will be available after the ride. Sponsors for the Edmond Family Bike Ride are the City of Edmond/Edmond Bicycle Committee, YMCA-Edmond, Al’s Bicycles-Edmond, Edmond Family Counseling, Uptown Grocery, JuiceBlendz, Wal-Mart, Academy, Café Evoke and Mercy.

The following tips for cycling are provided by the League of American Bicyclists who encourages motorists and cyclists to share the road:

• Bicycles are vehicles with the same rights, rules and responsibilities of other road users- Always ride with the flow of traffic and signal your intentions appropriately.

• Motorists: Please pass a bicycle only when it’s safe to do so. Oklahoma State Law requires motorists give cyclists three feet of passing room.

• Cyclists should obey all traffic laws, stop signs and traffic lights.

• Always wear a helmet.

• Be visible and predictable at all times; wear appropriate shoes and bright clothing.

• Before riding, inspect your bike for safety and mechanical concerns.

• Ride with a co-worker or friend.