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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Edmond Celebrates National Bike Month this May

With spring in the air, it is a great time to ride a bicycle. May is National Bike Month and is celebrated in cities and towns across the country. 

To promote May Bike Month, the Edmond Bicycle Committee and friends of bicycling have several events scheduled and encourage your support and participation:

Monday, May 10 - City Council proclamation for Bike Month, 5:30 PM at City Council Chambers

Saturday, May 15 - Cycle 66 Training Ride, 8 AM at Festival Marketplace

                                 Route Reveal & Kickoff Party, 6 PM at Edmond Railyard (23 W. First)

Tuesday, May 18 - Oklahoma Bicycle Society casual ride, 6:15 PM at parking lot west of Target

Wednesday, May 19 - Ride of Silence, 6:00 PM at parking lot west of Target

Thursday, May 20 - Bicycle-Pedestrian Counting, 5-7 PM

Friday, May 21 - Bike to Work Day Celebration, 7:30 AM at Littler Lawn (First St. & Littler Ave.)

Saturday, May 22 - Bicycle-Pedestrian Counting, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sunday, May 23 - Bike to Church Day to the church of your choice.

With growing cultural awareness around health & wellness, sustainability and economic savings, bicycling is growing in popularity nationwide. There is a growing need and responsibility to provide options that give people the opportunity to bike more often, to bike to more places, and to feel safe while doing so. The benefits of riding a bicycle, whether for transportation, physical activity or recreational purposes, can be expressed in terms of staying fit, avoiding traffic delays, saving money, enhancing quality of life and sustainability.

Below are some tips for bicycling provided by the League of American Bicyclists who encourage motorists and cyclists to share the road:

  • Bicycles are vehicles with the same rights, rules and responsibilities as other road users- Always ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Motorists: Please pass a bicycle only when it’s safe to do so. Oklahoma State Law requires motorists to give cyclists three feet of passing room.
  • Cyclists should obey all traffic laws, stop signs and traffic lights.
  • Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash.
  • Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal all turns.
  • Before riding, inspect your bike for safety and mechanical concerns.
  • Ride together.

For additional information about May Bike Month, contact Jan Fees at jan.fees@edmondok.com or 359-4796.

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