Friday, April 30, 2010

Mt. Pleasant Mayor Calls for "Picnic Bicycle Rides"

May is Bike Month in Mount Pleasant

Mayor Swails kicks off “Bike Month” with Pleasant Picnic Rides

By Martine Wolfe-Miller

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – Mayor Swails and a group of town employees will kickoff Bike Month on May 7 with a proclamation and a weekly series of bike rides called the Pleasant Picnic Bike Rides. Every Friday during the month of May, town employees and any interested citizens will bike from Town Hall on Houston Northcutt Boulevard to one of many beautiful parks nearby.

The rides will be at a leisurely pace and along the safest routes possible for all riders to enjoy. The group will depart shortly after noon after a few safety announcements. Helmets will be required to participate.

“The bicycle has been, for more than a century, an important part of our lives. It is a viable and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent form of fitness,” said Mayor Billy Swails. “I urge everyone to bike to work or try cycling for fun, fitness or transportation. I would also like to commend Planner Daniel Kelley for leading the Pleasant Picnic Bike Rides program and for educating our employees on the importance of bicycle safety.”

“I’m proud that I live and work in a place where I can bike to work almost daily and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead activities and projects like this, which allow me to help encourage and build the confidence of others. I encourage anyone who can’t start with us at Town Hall to meet us at the park for a picnic on the following days,” said Kelley.

Pleasant Picnic Schedule
Leave from Town Hall at 12:05 and arrive at 12:20
• May 7 at Waterfront Park
• May 14 at Alhambra Hall
• May 21 at I’On Green
• May 28 at Cooper Estates Landing

In addition to hosting the Pleasant Picnic Bike Rides, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is hosting a Bike Friendly booth with the participation of local bike stores. Each participating shop is providing free ABC tune-ups (air pressure, brakes, chain and cables) and will display a model bike fully-equipped with racks and baskets for carrying fresh produce.

“Residents are encouraged to bike to the market during Bike Month,” said Ashley McKenzie, Community Development and Tourism Officer.” The roads of the Old Village and surrounding neighborhoods lend themselves very well to this type of activity. So why don’t you pick up your bike and ride to the market on May 4, 11, 18 and 25? Don’t forget your basket!”

The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week 2010 from May 17-21 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 21. More information will be forthcoming.

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