Time to celebrate National Bike Month
By Russ Edem 530News –
May is National Bike month and people of Great Bend can join in on the celebration.
“This time of year is exciting,” Golden Belt Bicycle Company employee Neil Frizell said. “May is really the start for people to get out and get on their bicycles and enjoy what the area has to offer.”
Great Bend has plenty to offer cyclists with roads throughout Barton County along with a lot of off-road trails that wind through the area.
“Our roads and trails are great for cyclists in Great Bend and the surrounding communities,” Frizell said. “Great Bend offers so much to do and it’s great just to get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather.”
May is also the kick start for the National Bicycle Challenge (nationalbikechallenge.org), hosted this year by the League of American Bicyclists. This nationwide event unites thousands of bicyclists — and encourages countless new riders. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level.
“The National Bike Challenge is a great event and it’s wonderful to have a team for it right here in Great Bend,” Frizell said. “We have great cyclists that participate in it every year.”
Kansas finished ninth in the state rankings in 2016, with 1,575 riders logging 506,713 miles from May 1 through Sept. 30. Great Bend was one of the top cities in the state.
“Here at the shop we encourage everyone to give cycling a try. Everyone can do it even if they have disabilities. Bikes can be modified for people to support their needs,” Frizell said. “This is a great month and I am excited for bike season to start along with the National Bike Challenge.”
National Bike Month
Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
The League of American Bicyclists was founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880. Bicyclists, known then as “wheelmen,” were challenged by rutted roads of gravel and dirt and faced antagonism from horsemen, wagon drivers and pedestrians. In an effort to improve riding conditions so people might better enjoy the newly discovered sport, more than 100,000 cyclists from across the United States joined the League to advocate for paved roads. The success of these first advocacy efforts ultimately led to the national highway system.
The League of American Bicyclists’ mission is to lead the movement to create a bicycle friendly America for everyone.