June is Bike Month and in Sudbury, local groups are encouraging cyclists to get out and stay active.
For some, biking is a way to make friends, stay active and clear their minds.
“A good part of it for me is mental health,” said cyclist Julian Rickards, who was out for a community ride with Bike Sudbury on Thursday.
“I find especially cycling to work in the morning, more so than riding home in the afternoon, it sets my mind at ease. Whereas if I drive into work I’m fretting about what I have to do, what I didn’t do yesterday.”
Bike Sudbury hosts weekly group rides across the city, giving cyclists with a range of experience a chance to be a part of the community and expand their knowledge of the road.
“It’s the opportunity to see some of the good cycling infrastructure that the city has started to put in and to get people comfortable biking on the road,” said Rachelle Niemela with Bike Sudbury.
“A lot of people are just really nervous. What signals should I use? Where should I bike? How do I pass a parked car? What do these strange markings on the road (mean)?"Niemela said the group rides offer a chance to educate newer cyclists on how to be comfortable while obeying traffic laws.Cyclist Chuck Miller, who has been biking on and off since he was a teenager, said he is still learning with every ride.“It never hurts to be a little more informed," Miller said."We all need a […]