Local events for National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, which gives everyone an opportunity to get some exercise while taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather. For inspiration, take a look at these month-long activities organized by The Centre Region Bicycle Coalition and others:

• Wednesday, May 11

From Obese and Sedentary to Centuries Talk, 7 p.m. at the State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen St., State College, Room 220. AccuWeather meteorologist and local cycling enthusiast Joe Lundberg will talk about how he used cycling to lose a significant amount of weight, and how he continues cycling to keep it off. Joe will talk about where he was, what essentially ‘triggered’ him to change, how he got started, what spurred him on, how he gradually built up and lost the weight and how he keeps it off.

• Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15

Bike to Worship Weekend, picnic 1 to 4 p.m. at Sunset Park, 850 McKee St., State College. Sponsored by the Creation Care Coalition, this is a great way to get in touch with the wonders of creation (even rain is a wonder after all), do something emission-free for the earth and care for your body as well. Then plan to join the CCC, PA-Interfaith Power and Light and Grace Lutheran Church from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Park in State College for a potluck picnic, including a bike tour/scavenger hunt to local churches. For more info, see the Creation Care website.

• Saturday, May 14

SCASD Group Ride, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South High School Parking Lot. Group rides have options for kids of all ages with a choice between 2, 4 (loop or out-and-back), 10 or 25 miles. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED for all participants. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please print out, sign, and bring along this liability waiver (copies will be available at the ride, too). If you’re under 18, have your parents sign for you.

• Tuesday, May 17

Yoga for Bicyclists, 7:15-8:15 p.m. at the Center for or Well Being, 123 Mt. Nittany Road, Lemont. Class is free. Kate Marshall-Chase will teach a variety of yoga poses to both prepare for and recover from riding. Emphasis on both stretching and strengthening the key areas that cycling requires. Class suitable for all levels. No one is too stiff for yoga! If you think you are then you need to come to this class!

• Saturday, May 21

SCASD Group Ride — 4 Townships & a Borough Ride, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South High School Parking Lot. This group ride will be the annual 4 Townships and a Borough Ride, and will include a stop at the Ghost Bike in Boalsburg to remember Bohdan Kulakowski and Mount Nittany Middle School teacher Beth Donghia. Group rides have options for kids of all ages with a choice between 2, 4 (loop or out-and-back), 10 or 25 miles. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED for all participants. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please print out, sign, and bring along this liability waiver (copies will be available at the ride, too). If you’re under 18, have your parents sign for you.

Check out The Centre Region Bicycle Coalition’s website for more information and for lists of local bike paths.

-Erin

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