‘Bike Month is the perfect time to (re)discover the joy of riding a bike’: Christine Bushey of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Stock photo As the weather warms and with Ontario Bike Month approaching in June, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is encouraging residents to include cycling in daily routines, practicing safety skills and taking part in planned events.
“Bike Month is the perfect time to (re)discover the joy of riding a bike,” said Christine Bushey, manager of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s chronic disease and prevention program in a news release. “Cycling is a healthy, low-impact form of exercise for all ages and can fit easily into one’s daily routine and can be used when commuting to work, visiting friends or running light errands.”
Cycling is a popular form of active transportation that helps to improve personal and community health by increasing opportunities for physical activity and socializing, while also reducing the negative safety and environmental impacts of motorized vehicle traffic.
“Not only will students and families benefit from increased outdoor physical activity, but biking to school may also help make school zones safer by decreasing traffic congestion, and the reduced number of vehicles can improve air quality around the school,” added Bushey.
Learning how to cycle safely is key. By law, cyclists under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet. For children aged 16 and under, a parent or guardian must ensure they wear a helmet. Children riding in a child carrier, or a bicycle trailer […]