Wising up about two-wheeling

by Janet Evans | April 26, 2013
Cycling

Rainbow Routes Association offers bike safety courses for children and adults. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Cycling is not only a great way to get fit, it’s a method of transportation and it’s a family-friendly activity. There are lots of activities and events locally to help you get started.

Bike Exchange

For the second year in a row, Rainbow Routes Association is hosting two bike exchanges where children can trade in their outgrown bike for a gently used one of the correct size. Kids can also get a “new” bike without exchanging one by making a donation. The bike exchanges will take place May 25 and June 8 at Tom Davies Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gently used bikes can be dropped off on the event days or in the days prior.

Bike Safety Courses

Rainbow Routes will host bike safety lessons for various ages and abilities this spring. Courses are available for kids and adults alike, and include beginner skills, defensive cycling, riding with traffic and kids and adult learn-to-ride programs. For details, including dates and locations, visit the rainbowroutes.com or phone 705-674-4455 ext. 4603. In addition to these courses, Rainbow Routes will make presentations about bike safety at schools in Sudbury, Espanola and Mindemoya in the coming months.

Start Cycling

Equipment? Check. New skills? Check. Now on to the really fun part — riding. There are lots of local trails where people can cycle off-road, like the Rotary Park Trail that connects the downtown to New Sudbury, and even a few bike lanes that make up the “Tour de Sudbury” around Ramsey Lake.

If you need a bit of help to integrate cycling into your schedule, try participating in the Commuter Challenge from June 2 to 8. Those who haven’t yet developed a love for cycling can walk, take a bus or carpool to participate.

If you prefer riding with a group, check out the annual Share the Road Ride. Every year, about 150 cyclists, accompanied by local Olympian Devon Kershaw, get together for a group ride to promote cycling safety and sharing the road. A police escort guides the riders through the route with a stop at the Sofie Manarin memorial. This year’s ride is tentatively set for Aug. 8.

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Janet Evans is the Sudbury Cycles project co-ordinator for Rainbow Routes Association.

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