Tuesday May 05 2009
Reasons abound to get biking during the month of May
By: Gina Garbolino, mayor of Roseville
Spring is here and that means it’s primetime for cycling. Since May is Bike Month, you can start now to tune up yourself and your bike for all of your riding fun. Residents of the greater Sacramento region, including Roseville, can log their bicycling miles online as part of the “Million Mile May Challenge” that seeks to top last year’s total of more than 1.2 million bicycle miles. To join the fun, go to mayisbikemonth.com and get ready to ride. All types of bike riding miles count including those for commuting, recreation, training, or running errands. As cyclists log their miles, the Web site will track the region’s cumulative progress toward bicycling 1 million miles in May. Bicycling is a healthy and inexpensive alternative to driving. Riding a bike instead of driving a car helps improve air quality by reducing air pollution. In addition, it has the benefits of improving physical fitness and providing an escape from a busy lifestyle. If you’re looking for a scenic route, Roseville has more than 27 miles of off-street, multi-use bike trails that offer natural beauty and a safe, comfortable setting for bicycling. Roseville also has more than 83 miles of on-street bike lanes. The city’s popular bikeway system offers plenty of amazing riding opportunities for you and your family. Recently, Roseville received a bronze bicycle friendly community designation from the League of American Bicyclists recognizing the bikeways and programs supporting bicycling. To find bike routes around town, view a copy of the most recent Roseville parks, trails and bikeways map at Roseville.ca.us/getactive. For more information about Roseville’s bike trails, safe bicycling techniques, and bike-related events in May, visit Roseville.ca.us/bikeways.