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Posted on: May 4, 2022

City of Edmond celebrates National Bike Month

Bike to Work Day 2021As spring rolls around, it’s a great time to get rolling yourself.

May is National Bike Month, and it’s a great time to take advantage of the bike-friendly trails, routes and roads all around Edmond.

Bicycling is a great way to stay healthy and it has the added benefits of supporting sustainability while cashing in on economic savings.

The City of Edmond embraces the benefits of biking, committing to developing even more ways to safely ride around our community. The hope is by investing in and promoting the idea of providing ways for residents and visitors to bike more often, to bike to more places, and to feel safe while doing will put a spotlight on the benefits of riding a bicycle. Whether for transportation, physical activity or recreational purposes, riding your bike can help us all in terms of staying fit, avoiding traffic delays, saving money, enhancing quality of life and sustainability.

To promote May Bike Month, the Edmond Bicycle Committee and friends of bicycling are organizing numerous events through the month of May, and encourage your support and participation:

  • May 9 – City Council proclamation for Bike Month, 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 20 S. Littler.
  • May 14 – Cycle 66 Training Ride, 8 a.m., leaving form Littler Lawn, northwest corner of First Street and Littler.
  • May 14 – Cycle 66 Spring Kickoff, 7:30 p.m. at The Patriarch, 9 E. Edwards. May 14 – Cycle 66 Spring Kickoff, 7:30 p.m. at The Patriarch, 9 E. Edwards. 
  • May 15 – Mountain Bike Ride at Arcadia Lake, 2 p.m. Project office parking lot, led by OEF-Edmond.
  • May 17 – Oklahoma Bicycle Society casual ride, 6:15 p.m. leaving from the parking lot west of Target.
  • May 18 – Ride of Silence, 6 p.m. leaving from the parking lot west of Target.
  • May 19 – Bicycle-Pedestrian Counting, 5 to 7 p.m. at various locations in Edmond.
  • May 20 – Bike to Work Day Celebration, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Littler Lawn, northwest corner of Litter and First Street. This celebratory bike ride leaves at 7:45 a.m. and returns at 8:20 a.m. for breakfast refreshments and door prizes.
  • May 21 – Bicycle-Pedestrian Counting, 10 a.m. to noon at various locations in Edmond.
  • May 21 – Edmond Fine Arts Institute painting class of bicycle picture,12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • May 22 – Bike to Church Day to encourage riding your bicycle to the church of your choice.May 22 – Bike to Church Day to encourage riding your bicycle to the church of your choice.
  • May 27 – Mountain Bike Ride at Arcadia Lake, 5 p.m.
  • ALL month – ACOG Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

Here are tips for bicycling provided by the League of American Bicyclists, which encourages 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 give cyclists 3 feet of passing room. New laws in Oklahoma require motorists to change lanes when passing a bicyclist on a road that has at least 4 lanes.  
  • Cyclists should obey all traffic laws, stop signs and traffic lights. New laws in Oklahoma allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs and treat traffic lights as stop signs.  
  • 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 more information about May Bike Month, contact Jan Fees at jan.fees@edmondok.com or   405-359-4796.

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