Friday, May 11, 2012

Pedal Your Way Through the Month of May

Growing up, bicycling was a taste of freedom and preferred way to explore my neighborhood and community. Now, as a mom, I enjoy this healthy and eco-friendly method of transportation. No matter what the reason it's easy to celebrate National Bike Month! The City of Des Plaines and Mayor Marty Moylan, an avid bicyclist, have paved the way for our residents to consider cycling throughout the city by implementing policies and systems for safety and convenience.  You might have read how city engineer, Derek Peebles, has been passionately leading the way for the cyclist cause as well as Des Plaines receiving a Cook County Model Communities grant for more than 120 new bike racks in this article by Active Transportation Alliance.

What can you do this month?
- Clean off the dust and debris of your bike and enjoy being active and healthy in the streets of Des Plaines.
-May 14-18th: Participate in Bike to Work week. Events and more can be found on the League of American Bicyclists website, national sponsor of Bike Month.
-May 19th: Visit the library table at the upcoming Spring Fun Fair at Mountain View Adventure Center from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The fair has free activities for the entire family including a Pooch, Pet and Pedal Parade, free bike helmets to the first 50 children who need one, bicycle maintenance by REI and plenty of other fun. Visit www.DPparks.org for more information.
-Learn about bike safety, maintenance, types of bikes and even stunt and extreme cycling by utilizing library resources.

Make sure to visit the city's website for the many bike events this summer and throughout the year.

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