EDMOND — The eighth annual Bike to Work celebration is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday at Edmond Festival Marketplace as part of National Bike Month.
The city of Edmond and the Edmond Bicycle Committee are sponsoring Bike to Work Day to encourage bicycling in Edmond for fun, fitness and transportation.
Riders will take off at 7:45 a.m., ride north on Broadway to Main and then east to University Drive, travel the new bike lane on University and then ride back to Festival Marketplace.
Healthy refreshments and door prizes will be available, sponsored by the city, the Edmond Bicycle Committee, Al’s Bicycles-Edmond, the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond Electric, Cafe Evoke and Jamba Juice.
The event will be canceled if it rains.
Also in recognition of National Bike Month, the Edmond Bicycle Committee will sponsor the first Edmond Family Bike Ride on Saturday to encourage families and children to ride their bicycles for fitness and fun.
The free event starts at 7:30 a.m. with registration for door prizes and a chance to win a youth bike.
A safety talk will begin at 8 a.m. with the line-up for the ride at 8:30 a.m. The ride will go around the outer loop of the J.C. Mitch Park trail.
Healthy refreshments and activities will be available after the ride.
Sponsors of the Edmond Family Bike Ride are the city, Edmond Bicycle Committee, YMCA-Edmond, Al’s Bicycles, Edmond Family Counseling, Uptown Grocery, JuiceBlendz, Walmart, Academy, Cafe Evoke and Mercy Health System.
Sharing the road
The League of American Bicyclists encourages motorists and cyclists to share the road and offers these tips:
•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 should pass a bicycle only when it’s safe to do so. Oklahoma state law requires motorists to give cyclists 3 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.