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. "It’s good for your body. It’s also good for Edmond with one less car on the road,” she said. The League of American Bicyclists has designated May as National Bike to Work Month since 1956. National Bike to Work Day draws thousands of bike riders to call attention to the benefits of bicycling and to increase safety awareness among bicyclists and motorists. UCO’s alternative transportation coordinator, Tim Tillman, is chairman of the Edmond’s bicycle committee. He said the committee has been instrumental in passage of a 3-foot passing law in Edmond. "We’ve applied for $90,000 in state grant money to fund a study to tie together Edmond’s master trails plan and master transportation plan.”
bike to work day activities→Edmond 8 a.m. - Leave from the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wellness Center, 100 N University to Edmond Medical Center, 1 S Bryant Ave. →Bethany 8 a.m. – Leave from Bethany City Hall, 6700 NW 36, to Lake Overholser and back to city hall. →Guthrie 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. →Moore 5:30 p.m. – Leave from Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12, to Moore City Hall, 301 N Broadway. →Norman 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. →Yukon 7 a.m. - Leave Yukon City Hall, 500 W Main, to the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly Ave.