Join Mayor Rosenthal for a free community bike ride to kickoff Bike and Hike to Work Week in Norman this Saturday, April 25th. The family-friendly ride, sponsored by Healthy Community, will start at 9:30 am at the Andrews Park family shelter.
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 101 briefing by Eric Grider. A sample tasting will be provided by Jamba Juice. In addition, the Oklahoma Bicycle Society will swing by on their weekly ride to join the group for a while and give a bit of information on the club. CART bus schedules will be available for those choosing not to complete the roundtrip ride and want a lift back to Andrews Park.
Bike and Hike to Work Week in Norman features several events such as the Bike ‘N Talk with the Mayor promoting bicycling as a healthy and efficient transportation alternative. Bike to Work Day is May 1st. Community members are encouraged to participate by riding their bike to work or to join a “group ride” to City Hall to meet fellow cyclists and local dignitaries at 8:30 am for the Bike to Work Day celebration.
For more information and a map of the designated group rides, visit http://www.acogok.org/Newsroom/Downloads09/Norman2009.pdf
In addition, a retro-style bicycle, nicknamed Ruby and donated by First American Bank, will be displayed around town at local businesses on “Ruby’s Ride.” To win Ruby contestants can follow “Ruby’s Ride” and register at the display locations. Registration will be available this week at Norman Regional Hospital, South Entrance, 901 N. Porter. Additional stops on Ruby’s Ride are revealed each week leading up to Bike and Hike to Work Week on the Healthy Community website, www.myhealthycommunity.com
The bicycle winner will be announced at the 8:30 am Bike to Work Day event at City Hall. The winner must be able to attend the event to receive Ruby. The Mayor hosts monthly community walks for the Walk ‘N Talk with the Mayor series.
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 Bike and Hike to Work Week, the Walk ‘N Talk with the Mayor series or Healthy Community, visit www.myhealthycommunity.com