April& May 2013
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Bike Month 2013

May is National Bike Month, and there are lots of activities planned in the TMACOG region. The local focus this year is on safe cycling. A bicycle is a vehicle according to Ohio and Michigan law, subject to the same rules as a car, and with the same right to the road. Bicyclists should always ride with traffic. Bikers will be seen better and are much safer when they travel in the flow of traffic.

A little training can improve confidence and safety. To learn how to use a bicycle to commute in traffic, contact www.wearetraffic.org. Experienced cyclists can give advice, help plan a route, and even accompany a cyclist to demonstrate riding skills. The Metroparks of the Toledo Area are hosting several Ride with a Ranger bike rides where park rangers will accompany a group, demonstrating good etiquette on the bike paths and safe operation on the roadway. See more opportunities for bike fun and education:

Ride with a Ranger*
Saturday, May 4
, 1-3 p.m. Meet at the visitors center at Wildwood Preserve. Ride the Wildwood Bike Trail, University/Parks Trial and roadways to Olander Park in Sylvania, led by a Metroparks ranger.

Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 8
. Riding a bike to school is fun, great exercise, and gives a young person a sense of responsibility. Schools have bike racks and safety patrols.

Ride with a Ranger
Saturday, May 11
, 1-3 p.m. Meet at the Fallen Timbers Monument to ride over the US 24 bike/pedestrian bridge, then follow the Wabash Cannonball Trail to the Springbrook area at Oak Openings Preserve.

Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 15,
6:45 p.m. Riders assemble at the University of Toledo (Bancroft St. entrance). Hundreds will ride in silence on a slow 8-mile loop around west Toledo. Police will keep riders safe. The goal of the ride is to remember cyclists killed or injured while riding and to remind drivers to share the road.

Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 17
. Your bike is a real commuting vehicle. If you live within 12 miles of your workplace, you can probably ride your bike to work in less than 40 minutes. Today is the day to try it. Save money on gas, stay fit, have fun.

Bike Day at the Farmers Market
Saturday, May 18
, 9 a.m. - noon. Cyclists are invited to ride to the Farmers Market in downtown Toledo. Bike riders get a cup of coffee and a t-shirt (while supplies last). Also get information on safe cycling, see maps of bike routes in the region.

Blue Week Bike Ride
Saturday, May 18
, 8 a.m. – noon.
Join the Toledo Area Bicyclists for the Blue Week ride through part of the Oak Openings Region. The approximately 45-mile route will be designed to highlight some of the "blue" species of the region. More details: http://www.toledoareabicyclists.org/

Family Fun Ride
Saturday, May 18
, 10 a.m. Enjoy a nature tour by bike. Meet at the Wildwood visitors center for a ride on the University/Parks Trail. Ages 9 and up. We’ll stop for nature lessons along the way.

Ride with a Ranger
Sunday, May 19
, 1-3 p.m. Meet at Pearson, parking lot 3, to ride the park bike trail. We’ll take a side trip on the Oregon bikeway through Pearson North, the Oregon Recreation Complex and the Clay High School Campus.

Ride with a Ranger
Sunday, May 26
, 1-3 p.m. Meet in the parking lot at the Providence Historical Area for a ride to Farnsworth and back – all on the Towpath Trail.

*Ride with a Ranger. Explore a different regional bike trail each week during Bike Month. A Metroparks Ranger will lead each trip. Bring your helmet (required) and drinking water for a moderately paced ride. All rides start at 1 p.m. and returns to the start point at approximately 3 p.m. Free. Register online at MetroparksPrograms.com or call 419.407.9710.

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