ANDERSON – With gasoline prices approaching $4 per gallon, local residents may be inclined to ride a bicycle to work and run errands in addition to the health benefits.
A coalition of bicycle enthusiasts in Madison County is planning a list of monthlong activities to promote fitness and safety starting Thursday.
For Bike Month, Allan Henderson, of the Madison County Council of Governments, said there has been an annual bike-to-work day previously in Anderson, but the number of events is being expanded throughout May.
He said the White River Bicycle Coalition was formed by the Spoke and Wheel Club, Buckskin Bikes and Rangeline Mountain Bikers to sponsor numerous events.
The Mayor’s Ride will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday starting at Derby Downs, 304 N. Madison Ave., and will include a 4-mile ride. Henderson said there will be a ribbon cutting for the new trail system along the White River.
He said there has been great participation in the event in previous years.
On Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Impact Center, there will be a bicycle rodeo to encourage safety among young riders.
The BMX group “Wonder Wheels” will be performing, Henderson said. There will be a helmet giveaway with proper fitting and an inspection of bicycles.
“We think more people are riding now,” Henderson said. “There is a group of people that ride to work or to do errands on a daily basis.”
Henderson said the White River Bicycle Coalition is promoting safety.
“We want riders to follow the rules of the road, ride with traffic, wear a helmet and at night have a light or wear reflective clothing,” he said.
Another special event is CycleFem, which is encouraging women to ride, Henderson said.
That event is starting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on May 11 at 2:30 p.m.