Across the country cities are gearing up for the 53rd annual national Bike to Work Day and that includes Norman.
The Healthy Community Coalition, sponsored by Norman Regional Health System, is encouraging all Norman residents to not only take part on Bike to Work Day, but to make an entire week of it! April 25th through May 1st will be Bike and Hike to Work Week in Norman.
One lucky citizen will have a shot at winning a retro-style bike nicknamed “Ruby.” First American Bank donated the shiny, red bike to get people involved. For bank president and bicycle enthusiast Neil Schemmer, donating the bike was an easy thing to do.
“At First American Bank we are very supportive of healthy initiatives. We see Bike to Work Day as another way to encourage people in our community to get out and ride. Additionally, it promotes a healthier lifestyle, does not pollute the environment, while saving money in these difficult economic times,” Schemmer said.
Leading up to Bike to Work Day, Ruby will be on a ride of her own.
“Ruby will be on display at several different businesses around town,” said Lindy Beswick, coordinator of Community Health and Wellness for NRHS. “People can check her out and register for a chance to win at each stop Ruby makes.”
This week Ruby is on display at First American Bank at 801 12th Avenue Northeast in Norman. The following stops on Ruby’s Ride will be revealed each week leading up to Bike and Hike to Work Week. You can follow her ride at www.myhealthycommunity.com
To kick off Bike and Hike to Work Week, Healthy Community will host a Bike ‘N Talk with Mayor Cindy Rosenthal. The ride will start at Andrew’s Park family shelter on Saturday, April 25th at 9:30am. Beginning bikers and biking enthusiasts alike are invited to join Mayor Rosenthal for this fun, family friendly six-mile roundtrip ride.
The ride will begin with a short bicycle safety lesson. CART schedules will also be available for those who do not want to bike the entire trip and would like a ride back to Andrew’s Park.
“With the adoption of a revised bicycle master plan and consideration of a master trails and greenway plan, Norman is poised to make great strides toward becoming a more bike friendly community,” said Mayor Rosenthal. “Building awareness of these initiatives will be a major focus of this bike ride and the Bike to Work event.”
The winner of Ruby will be announced at 8:30am, one hour before the Bike ‘N Talk event begins on April 25th at Andrew’s Park. The winner must be in attendance to win.
Healthy community, sponsored by Norman Regional Health System, is a growing team of businesses, individuals, organizations, and health care professionals working towards creating a healthier Norman by focusing on four nationally recognized health concerns: hypertension, obesity/overweight, smoking and lack of physical exercise. For more information on the Healthy Community Coalition, go to www.myhealthycommunity.com