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The Wheels Beneath Me


Author: Lonnie Nathan

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Do you remember the days of your childhood? Summertime- camping, swimming and cycling. The activities of our youth were not only fun, but physical.

The bicycle is man’s most efficient mode of personal transportation. Cycling is something that can be done alone, or with any number of people. Cycling is beneficial for the mind, body and spirit. The fresh air is invigorating, muscles working, heart pumping, imagination soaring as you take in the sights, smells, and sounds.

Enjoy the wonderful network of trails in the Beaver Lodge Land, or the ocean view while riding on the Sea Walk. The other side of cycling is of course transportation – to work, to school as well as running errands.

Bike to work week (www.biketoworkweek.org) is coming to Campbell River June 2 – 8. This will be a community wide event to support individuals, businesses and organizations to get in the habit of riding a bike to work. "Celebration Stations” will be set up, commuter cyclists will be able to drop by for free food and door prizes. Further information will be available as the event draws closer. Check your local newspapers. Let’s all reduce our carbon footprint!

Children riding their bikes to and from school, means less "shuttle vehicles” on the road. As a parent, have you thought about accompanying a few neighbourhood kids to school? That way, you’re getting a ride in too! It’s important that children learn that a bicycle is their "first vehicle”. Make sure the bike is working properly so that it can be operated safely. Do the brakes work? Are the tires inflated? Teach them traffic rules, including hand signals. Always wear a helmet that has been properly fitted. There are many safety items available such as reflective arm and leg bands, flashing tail-lights, and strips of reflection tape for the bike. Consider the route carefully and remind children to avoid heavy traffic areas when possible.

Health benefits are numerous – people who ride three times or more per week, are 41% less likely to die from heart disease and 58 % less likely to develop diabetes. Freedom, transportation, recreation, exercise – the bicycle is the "ticket to ride”.

Visit your local bike shop – staff will be happy to answer all your questions.

May the road rise up to meet you and may the wind always be at your back. Have a great ride.

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