You will miss a pavilion full of laughter and the delicious smell of hot pancakes, the sights, sounds and smells of the traditional annual Bike to Work Day, but despite the impact of the coronavirus on the community, Mes of the bike will continue.
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“The Bike to Work Day event team at Five Rivers MetroParks has been planning a strong Virtual Bike Month celebration in the wake of canceling our annual pancake breakfast,” said Angela York, coordinator of special events for MetroParks. “We wanted to find a way to bring the community together and celebrate National Bicycle Month.”
National Bicycle Month in May, established in 1956 by the League of American Cyclists, is celebrated across the country as a way to showcase the many benefits of cycling and encourage people to try it out. With orders to stay home and social distancing, the rule, not the exception, in coast-to-coast states, communities have become creative in their cycling celebration.
“We have created a Facebook group so that we can gather and share tips, instructions and inspiration, as well as allowing members to share stories and celebrate with each other,” York said.
Five Rivers MetroParks has partnered with Bike Miami Valley and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission to create a full month of fun and educational activities.
“We want to provide people with the educational resources and confidence they need to experience the outdoors on bikes,” said York.
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Week by week, day by day
Virtual Bike Month will have a different theme each week, to be released on Fridays. May 8-14 is “Plan and Prepare,” while May 15-21 is “Team.” May 22-28 is “Celebrate Bike Friendly Communities,” especially appropriate since Dayton is a community. Bronze level bike friendly.
“Each week has a theme and will feature Ride of the Week, Bike Bingo Challenge, video tips and tricks, Bike-In movie tips, community interviews and more,” said York.
The offers will be launched in the following days:
• Friday: ride of the week and bike bingo challenge
• Saturday: publication or video of bicycle tips, information or links to resources
• Sunday: Encourage community members to post walks, activities, or tips
• Monday: announce Bingo winners from the previous week
• Tuesday: Encourage community members to post attractions, activities, or tips
• Wednesday: Facebook Live event, interview, tour or tutorial
• Thursday – Bike-In Movie, a movie or documentary related to cycling
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get in on the fun
Ready to ride? Virtual Bike Month is educational, attractive and easy to participate.
Interested cyclists can join the 2020 Virtual Bike Month group on Facebook or visit the Five Rivers MetroParks website for information or details. Tutorials and videos will also be posted online.
With over 340 miles of connected trails, the largest network of paved trails in the country, the Miami Valley is the place to celebrate Bike Month. And although the celebration has to be virtual this year, the benefits will be real.
“Nature is open during these difficult times when many things had to be closed for the health and safety of our community,” said York. “Cycling is a great way to stay active, improve your mental and physical health, and experiment outdoors.”
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