May marks National Bicycle Month and people all across the country are dusting off their bicycles and taking to the streets. Not only is cycling an excellent way to get exercise but with the rising cost of gasoline prices it’s a great way to save money as well. In the local area there are several upcoming biking events that cyclist might want to take note of.
On May 18th the Emerald Coast Cyclists will be holding their annual Ride of Silence commemorating cyclists that have been killed in traffic accidents across the country. Last year over one hundred riders turned out to participate in the police-escorted memorial ride through some of Fort Walton Beach’s busiest streets to help raise motorist awareness. This year the ride kicks of at 5:45 p.m. at Scully’s on the Bayou on Eglin Parkway and will again be led by police-escort. All riders wishing to participate must have a helmet or they will not be able to ride.
May 13-15 Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort and Robin’s Bikes and Fitness are holding the Sandestin Beach Bicycle Tour benefiting the Alaqua Animal Refuge. Participants will have their choice of either a 15, 30 or 60 mile bike tour throughout some of the areas most scenic areas. Please visit their website for more information.
May 20th is also National Bike to Work Day. Celebrate Bike Month by leaving the car in the garage and riding to work instead and encourage co-workers to do the same. Have a safe ride by wearing brightly colored clothing and always remembering to wear a helmet.
Looking for something more relaxing than biking to work. The Emerald Coast has several excellent places to ride such as the Timberlake trails and Ranger Camp Road on Eglin Reservation, Ranger Camp Road, Blackwater Heritage Trail in Milton, Point Washington State Forest and Scenic 30A in Walton County, Pine Log State Forest near Panama City Beach and the UWF trails in Pensacola.