It’s just like riding a bike. But in this case, it actually is riding a bike. With summer-like temperatures, you may have already dusted off your bike and taken it out for a ride around town. And, with more than 29 miles of multi-use trails in Westerville’s Bike and Walkway (B&W) system, there is a lot of ground to explore.
You’re not alone out there on the path. Westerville’s B&W is utilized by thousands of residents and visitors each week. As an official Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, many path users are not only walkers and runners, but biking families and competitive cyclists alike.
With so many people taking advantage of the recreational path system, it’s important that we safely share this public amenity. That’s why the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department and the Division of Police teamed up to create a mini video series called “Bike Safe Westerville.” These short videos highlight the importance of preventative bike maintenance, general safety practices and rules to follow while riding on the roadway or path.
“Safety on the paths is a top priority for the City, and the development of this video series is targeted on safety awareness and education to our residents and path users,” said Randy Auler, Director of Westerville Parks and Recreation. “As a community, we treasure our recreational path system, and it’s one accessible way to embrace a healthy active lifestyle.”
Before heading out for your next biking adventure, or even a walk with the dog on the pathway, check out the videos below. One film is targeted toward kids, depicting a fun and friendly approach to general bike safety. The second provides an in-depth tutorial on how cyclists should ride on paths, streets and alongside vehicular traffic.
May is also National Bike Month. To celebrate, the City of Westerville is hosting the first-ever Bike Safe Westerville workshop at Everal Barn at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Avenue, on May 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Attendees will have the opportunity to take what they have learned from the videos and apply it to an interactive bike course at Heritage Park. Children are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets to participate in hands-on bike stations and a group ride along the path. Local cycling groups are set to teach various skills challenges and conduct a gear and bike inspection. The Westerville Division of Police will be available as well to help register bikes and lead the kids on the group ride. Once the course is completed, the first 200 kids will receive souvenirs. All participants can enter to win a grand prize raffle.
You’re invited to take part in this free event. Visit www.westerville.org/bike to learn more about the upcoming workshop and the City’s B&W system. We encourage you to share the Bike Safe Westerville videos with family and friends too.
Bike Safe Westerville!