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.