Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bike Basics 101 Program Launched on May 30th

In celebration of National Bike Month which occurs the entire month of May, Activate Martinsville/Henry County has launched a new creative program. With funding from the Harvest Foundation, Activate has purchased a mobile bike fleet.

As part of Activate’s mission to promote walking, bicycling and other physical activity as part of everyday life, staff went to work to provide the solution to the barrier preventing others from enjoying the childhood days of biking. Working with City Maintenance employees and Cardinal Bicycle, the mobile bike fleet idea came to fruition. Activate has brought the bikes to the citizens with their new Bike Basics program.

Bike riding is one of the simplest ways to have fun in a variety of settings. It is easily learned and not easily forgotten. Activate’s Bike Basics 101 program provides participants 16 years and older with bikes and helmets and teaches helmet and bike safety, how to change gears, and on-the-bike riding techniques.

The next Bike Basics 101 program will be held on Saturday, May 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Jack Dalton Park. It is open to anyone but the bike fleet only accommodates adults and children 16 years and older. Younger children are encouraged to bring their own bike.

For more information regarding the Bike Basics 101 program, contact Barbara Thompson, Bike Basics Instructor at 276-638-2592 or Activate at 276-403-5087.

Article/photos contributed by Jeannie Frisco
Edited/posted by Vicky Thomas

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