With temperatures inching higher, the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and the Bath Parks and Recreation Department are inviting citizens to get on their bikes and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. May is National Bicycle Month, as designated by the League of American Cyclists, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, with assistance from the Parks and Recreation Department, will offer guided bicycle rides on three consecutive Saturdays beginning May15th.
Saturday, May 15 Ride
On Saturday, May 15th the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will lead a 10 - 12 mile ride through West Bath and North Bath for experienced riders. Participants should have had a few miles on their bike this spring and be comfortable with a couple of moderate hills. Plan on an hour and a half of riding time. Ride leader is Kevin Shute.
Saturday, May 22 Ride
“The Get Back on Your Bike Ride” lead by Robert McChesney will take place on Saturday, May 22nd. This fun, slow ride is intended for riders who may be a bit leery of riding on the road, or haven’t been on their bike in a while. The hour long ride is a great chance to brush up on your cycling skills, gain confidence in your ability and meet riders who share the same biking goals.
Saturday, May 29 Ride
The final ride in the series is a Family Ride on Saturday, May 29th. Riders should have some experience riding on the road and children must be accompanied by an adult. Some basic skills will be covered prior to venturing out on the road for a short ride.
All rides will follow Maine CDC guidelines to insure a safe event for all participants. Maine CDC requires that participants wear masks when not on their bikes, have 20 feet of separation when riding and 6 feet of separation when stopped. In addition, riders must wear a helmet, observe the rules of the road, use hand signals, and wear bright, visible clothing. Each ride will begin with introductions, a pre-ride bike check and rules of the road. If you haven’t had your bike tuned up, it is suggested to make an appointment at one the excellent local bike shops. Departure for all rides is at 9:30am from the Bath Recreation Department office located at 4 Sheridan Road.
Come learn about bike safety, meet new friends and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. All rides are free, and limited to 12 riders. Cyclists must pre-register on-line at www.bathrecreation.com. For more information contact the Bath Parks and Recreation at 443-8360. In addition please check the City of Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian website , which includes a link to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee Blog and Facebook pages.