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May is Bike Month!

When the weather warms up and people get outside in May, TMACOG takes a month-long focus on bicycles and active transportation. A bicycle can be effective transportation in our region. Most people work within nine miles of their home which is a comfortable 45-minute ride for most people – even people who don’t ride often. Combine your bike with a TARTA bus and you can really get around. Every TARTA bus has an easy-to-use bike rack on front.

Automobile users are usually respectful and careful around bicyclists who know how to ride in traffic. For a safe ride, bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as a car: respect traffic signals, ride with traffic and not against it, signal your turns. For added protection, cyclists should always wear a helmet, have the required lights and reflectors on the bike, and wear bright clothing. Learn Ohio laws regarding bicycling in Ohio at the Ohio Bicycle Federation website.

ABC Quick Check:
Get your bike ready to ride with an ABC Quick Check: air, brakes, cranks & chain, quick releases, check out the bike. The handy rider can do the check at home with basic tools. Or stop by one of the following shops for a free quick check. Call for their hours of service.
•  The Bike Route – 5201 Monroe St., Toledo | 419-885-3030
•  BikeWorks - 5631 Alexis Rd., Sylvania | 419-882-0800
•  Elmore Cycle and Fitness - 453 Maple St., Elmore | 419-862-1000
•  Fremont Cycle and Fitness - 107 N. Ohio Ave., Fremont | 419-332-4481
•  Mountain Man Sports - 2735 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo | 419-536-0001
•  Spoke Life Cycles - 26597 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg | 419-931-9919
•  Toledo Bikes! – 1114 Washington St., Toledo | 419-386-6090
•  Wersells – 2860 W. Central Ave., Toledo 419-474-7412

Where to go:
You can use your bike for errands, for recreation, and for commuting to work or school. See tips and area bikeway maps on the pedestrian & bikeways pages of TMACOG’s website. Our region has a network of separated paths (like the Wabash Cannonball and the University/Parks trail), sidepaths (like along Sylvania Avenue in western Lucas County), and signed roadways (like River Road and Bancroft Street in Toledo). A little planning will take you a long way on your bike.

Links:
•  Learn smart cycling tips from the League of American Bicyclists.
•  Use your bicycle for transportation. Print the brochure Drive Your Bike.
•  Get familiar with laws regarding bicycling in Ohio at the Ohio Bicycle Federation    website.
• Try a group ride for fun and to gain road experience. There’s a group for every speed     and experience level. See some links here.

Events:
Wednesday, May 6 | Bike to School Day
Area schools encourage students to ride and walk to school.

Saturday, May 9 | Building a Community Tough as Steel
In Delta, Ohio. A charitable bike, walk, run event. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Wabash Cannonball Trail. Mountain bike tires required. See deltasteel.org for details.

Monday – Sunday, May 11-17 | Bike and Bus
Bicyclists using a TARTA bus pay only 25 cents during Bike to Work Week.

Monday, May 11 | Biggest Week in Birding – Bike and Bird
Oak Openings Preserve-Buehner Center, 6:30 p.m. Bring your bike, binoculars, and bird knowledge and tour through several habitats.

Friday, May 15 | Bike to Work Day
Organize fellow workers for a fun way to incorporate exercise in the work day. Contact TMACOG for tips on how to host a Bike to Work Day event.

Saturday, May 16 | Bike Day at the Farmer’s Market
Ride to the Toledo Farmer’s Market in downtown Toledo on Saturday morning. Toledo Bikes! Will be doing ABC Quick Checks and you can get a coupon for a cup of coffee.

Wednesday, May 20 | Ride of Silence
Meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Bancroft Street entrance of the University of Toledo. We’ll ride in silence on a route around west Toledo to bring attention to bicycle/car safety and to remember people in our region who have been injured while riding their bikes. All the details are here.

See the bike clubs and Metroparks of the Toledo Area for many more opportunities to ride with a group.

 


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