Bike to work to stay healthy, breathe easy

Published on Thu, May 9, 2002 by Meg Olson

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Bike to work to stay healthy, breathe easy

By Meg Olson

Whatcom County’s fifth annual bike to work day is next Friday, and this year Blaine is joining in.

“This is a great place to bike,” said Pat Madsen, who is organizing the event with middle school teacher Jeff Nyman. We have flat roads, they aren’t too busy, the people are great – it’s just so conducive to biking.”

On May 17 people who bike to work or school will get more than a good workout. If they stop by the Celebration Station at H and Mitchell streets between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. they can get a few treats, a cold drink and enter to win a prize. Top prize in Blaine is an InSync 565 suspension fork from Kona Cycles.

Madsen, a familiar figure handcycling around Blaine said they wanted to promote bike commuting as a way to keep the community fit and the air cleaner. “It’s my way of doing my little bit for America,” he said.

Throughout the month there are plenty of bike-related events throughout the county. The last of the REI bike seminars on May 14 will be on bike maintenance and on May 11 the Pump You Up station at the Bellingham farmer’s market offers help with flat tire repair and basic maintenance. The farmer’s market bike swap, a chance to trade old bikes and parts, is on May 25.

To help with the bike to work day or for more information call Madsen at 332-8484..

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