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Granite State Gears Up for National Bike Month

It is National Bike Month, and Granite Staters are gearing up for a number of events including National Bike to Work Day next week. (Mike Clifford)
It is National Bike Month, and Granite Staters are gearing up for a number of events including National Bike to Work Day next week. (Mike Clifford)
May 13, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. - The Granite State is getting into gear for National Bike Month and local enthusiasts say there are plenty of benefits for those who decide to get involved.

Bernie Fournier is a ride leader with the Granite State Wheelmen. He says from your personal health to the environment, there are plenty of reasons to saddle up and start pedaling this month.

"It's good for your lungs, good for your heart, it doesn't cause any pollution," says Fournier. "It is a very inexpensive way of getting from Point A to Point B."

One of the biggest events in the state happens next Friday, as locals participate in National Bike to Work Day.

This weekend, Fourier will be at Dartmouth College teaching rules of the road for safe cycling.

"Use the road as you would if you were a motor vehicle," says Fourier. "Use the proper hand signaling, be more visible, and more predictable."

Fournier says these opportunities are not limited to National Bike Month, because his group offers plenty of ways to get back on a bike all year long, no matter your level of biking skills.

"We have three rides every week out of Concord of different abilities," he says. "Anywhere from kind of leisurely rider, you know, like 10 miles an hour, up to people who like to ride over 20 miles an hour average."

If you are thinking of taking part in Bike to Work Day on Friday, advocates point out that 40 percent of all trips nationwide are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH