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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Fort Thomas to Celebrate May as National Bike Month

Fort Thomas residents enjoy a leisurely and sunny ride at the Seersucker Bike Ride (FTM file)

By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor  

Fort Thomas Mayor Eric Haas declared May as National Bike Month in Fort Thomas. He read a proclamation to designate the celebration of bicycle riding and safety at the April city council meeting.

Bicycle and pedestrian safety and a focus on fitness are often the subject of conversation around the community. The proclamation spells out the many benefits of bike riding. It reads in part:

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... the bicycle is an economical, healthful, convenient and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent tool for recreation and enjoyment of Fort Thomas’s scenic beauty, and... creating a bicycle friendly community has been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being and quality of life, improving traffic safety and supporting student learning outcomes. 

The Seersucker Bike Ride was a featured event at the city’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2017. The ride was so popular is was brought back as an annual event in 2018. The date for the 2019 Seersucker Bike Ride is set for July 13 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Museum in Tower Park.

National Bike Month was established by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956. As part of the month’s celebration, the third week of May is National Bike to Work Week and that Friday is Bike to Work Day.

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