PUBLISHED: 1:47 PM on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
SEARHC joins Sitka groups for Bike Month
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion Department, SEARHC Injury Prevention, SEARHC Employee Wellness Team and the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program are joining with several other Sitka community groups to host a series of May events for National Bike Month.

The list of mostly free events includes bicycle safety classes for commuters and children, panel discussions about cycling in Sitka, displays, a National Bike To Work Week contest, a bike rodeo for children, a triathlon, a family fun ride and a blessing of the bikes. This year's National Bike To Work Week spokespersons for Sitka are Nancy Knapp and Chris Bryner.

"Bike riding is an economical way to get our needs for transportation, physical activity and fun all in one," SEARHC Health Educator Doug Osborne said. "Bicycling provides a low-impact, heart-healthy workout, and most people can bike. With the high cost of fuel and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there never has been a better time to promote safe bicycling."

The list of events includes panel discussions, youth cycling presentations, Bike to Work Lunch-and-Learn, National Bike to Work day breakfast, a Triathlon, and family rides among many other things. Contact or Doug Osborne, 966-8734.