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Bike to Work activities promote pedal power

BY JOHN A. WILLIAMS Published: April 29, 2009

photo - Cyclists ride their bikes in 2008 from University of Central Oklahoma to Festival Market Place in downtown Edmond. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN
Cyclists ride their bikes in 2008 from University of Central Oklahoma to Festival Market Place in downtown Edmond. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN
People ride bicycles for all sorts of reasons, from better health to saving money on fuel.

To help promote bike riding as an alternative form of transportation, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments and the cities of Oklahoma City, Bethany, Guthrie, Moore, Norman, Yukon and Edmond are observing Bike to Work Day on Friday.

Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal and about 25 riders had a tune up Saturday to prepare for the Bike To Work Day. "As part of our healthy community initiatives we have walks and talks with the mayor,” she said. "We had a good turnout for the bike ride but I know we’ll do better on Friday.”

University of Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma also are participating. John Sharp, ACOG program coordinator, said the fifth annual event was moved up to allow more college students to be involved.

Sharp said an event like Bike to Work Day shows how convenient it is to take a bike instead of a car for short trips. "There are a lot of folks who live within 3 to 5 miles of their worksite and those are the ones we’d like to work on in the future to encourage them to ride in to work,” he said.

City of Edmond bicycle committee staff liaison Jan Fees said there are several benefits to taking a bike.

bike to work day activities


8 a.m. - Leave from the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wellness Center, 100 N University to Edmond Medical Center, 1 S Bryant Ave.


8 a.m. – Leave from Bethany City Hall, 6700 NW 36, to Lake Overholser and back to city hall.


8:30 a.m. – Leave from Highland Park on E Park Place or

8:35 a.m. — Guthrie Scottish Rite Temple, 900 E Oklahoma Ave., to the Apothecary Gardens, 214 W Oklahoma.


5:30 p.m. – Leave from Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12, to Moore City Hall, 301 N Broadway.


7:30 a.m. – Leave from Moore Norman Technology Center, 4701 12th Ave. NW, and ride to Norman Regional Education Center parking lot, 901 N Porter Ave.

8 a.m. – Leave from either the Norman Regional Hospital, 901 N Porter Ave.; Westwood Park at the SE corner of 24th NW and Robinson; or Murray Case Sells Swim Center, 1700 Asp Ave., to Norman City Hall, 201 W. Gray.

→Oklahoma City

7:40 a.m. - Leave Will Rogers Park, 3400 N Portland Ave., to State Fair Park, NW 10th and May Ave.

8 a.m. – Leave from either Metro Tech, 1900 Springlake Drive, Trosper Park at 2301 SE 29; Woodson Park at 3405 S May Ave.; and the Space Needle at State Fair Park to Bicentennial Park at 500 Couch Drive.


7 a.m. - Leave Yukon City Hall, 500 W Main, to the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly Ave.


For details, including local routes and event schedules for Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day 2009, go to


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