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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The City of Morgantown and the Morgantown Municipal Bicycle Board are reminding residents that May is Bike Month in Morgantown and encouraging them to get out and ride.
“Bike Month is a great time to get out and enjoy biking in Morgantown,” said Morgantown Bike Board Chair Drew Gatlin. “We have a bunch of fun events planned for all skill levels and we hope the community will come out and join us to celebrate.”
Community members are invited to participate in several events that are planned throughout the month. The Bike Board has planned a wide range of events, including the Appalachian Spring Spectacular on May 5 and 6; bike to school day on May 9; social bike ride on May 11; bike to work day on May 18; and the Motown Bike Bonanza on May 19. These events are family friendly and most are intended for all ages and skill sets. A schedule of Bike Month events, including locations, can be found at morgantownwv.gov/bikemorgantown.
Former Bike Board member and current Pedestrian Safety Board member Christiaan Abildso has been instrumental in organizing groups to take part in Bike to School day on May 9. The groups, also called bike trains, will take part in chaperoned bike rides to and from school. So far, rides are planned for Mountainview Elementary, Suncrest Elementary and South Middle School. If you’re interested in participating or would like to organize your own bike train, email Christiaan Abildso at email@example.com.
“The bike to school day rides are supervised rides to and from school and are meant to get kids out of the car and onto a bicycle,” said Abildso. “I’ve always had a passion for bicycling and being involved in these events allows me to share that passion with others.”
In addition to these events, the city and Bike Board are reminding bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers to share the road and do their part to make sure everyone makes it to their destination safely. The Morgantown Bike Board offers several tips to bicyclists to make riding safer and more enjoyable:
Visit bikemorgantown.com for more safety tips and information on biking in Morgantown.