Bicycle enthusiasts come out for "Bike to Work" event

May 21 2010 - 1:42pm

OGDEN -- While the rain chased a few riders away, plenty of bicycle enthusiasts took time this morning to participate in an event promoting biking to work.

"We ended up with fewer riders than expected," said Josh Jones, with the Ogden Bicycle Collective. "The rain put a lot of people off. We ended up feeding about 30 people this morning."


The collective hosted the "Bike to Work" event in hopes of bringing awareness to using bicycles as a way to commute to and from work. The event wheeled off at 7:30 a.m. at Weber State University and ended at the Ogden City Municipal Building with a pancake breakfast for all who participated.


This is the fourth year the collective has organized the ride, Jones said. He said they plan to continue next year as well with the event, which is held in May during National Bike Month.


Several companies and bicycle collectives throughout the state have held events to increase awareness of bike riding during National Bike Month, including making bicycle donations, holding classes about bicycles safety, and, of course, hosting biking events.


Jones said he enjoys events like Friday's that bring people together and open people to new experiences.


"I ride my bike to work every day," he said. "For me, it's not a big deal. But for people who don't do it every day, it can be a big deal. (The event) encourages people to try it and give it a go. It's neat when we see someone who normally doesn't ride go and give it a try."


Jones also said it is fun seeing other "bike friends" at the event.


"It's a really social event," he said. "That's what it's about. We all ride down, take a break, and enjoy time together. It's fun."

For a complete list of events for National Bike Month, visit www.utahbikemonth.org.


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