fiona with dad and trike

Lenny Meyer pulls his daughter Fiona’s custom-made trike behind him on the bike path next to the Ohio University campus.

The Athens City-County Health Department, Ohio University, Athens Public Transit and Athens Bicycle Club are encouraging Athens residents to celebrate National Bike to Work Day this Friday, May 18, by commuting to work on a bicycle. 

Volunteers at “pop-up pit stops” around the city will greet bicycle commuters with refreshments and opportunities to win prizes.

“This is a great opportunity to give bicycling to work a try,” event coordinator Megan Buskirk, environmental strategies coordinator at the Athens City-County Health Department, said in a news release.

Commuters can stop by any of four pop-up pit stops between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for free coffee, water, snacks and the opportunity to register to win prizes from local businesses.

Representatives from local bike shops will be at each pit stop to answer bike-related questions.

Pit stops will be available at the following locations:

• Mill Street (at mile marker 1 along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway)

• Habitat House on West Union Street

• Athens County Courthouse at Court and Washington streets

• Baker University Center (first floor)

LOCAL SPONSORS INCLUDE Athens Bicycle, Black Diamond Bicycle, Catayst Café, Ridge Runner Coffee, Donkey Coffee, Athens Yoga and Ohio University WellWorks.

“Athens is the perfect place to learn how to commute via bicycle,” Annie Laurie Cadmus, marketing and engagement coordinator for WellWorks, said in the release. “The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway offers a safe trail into and around town, the university and city are both interested in increasing bicycle-friendly routes within town, and there are plenty of local bike experts willing to offer support and encouragement to novice riders.” 

Cadmus, who said she considers herself a novice rider, noted in the release that the event is designed to provide a safe environment for all participants to engage in active transportation.

Those who live far from Athens are encouraged to participate in the event by engaging the “park and pedal” mentality, the release said. With various public parking lots available along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, a commuter can place a bicycle in or on their vehicle, park the vehicle, then bike the remainder of the commute into Athens.

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling – and encourage more folks to give biking a try.

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