Blessing leads up to Bike to Work Week

By Belinda Paschal

May 7, 2014

PIQUA — The Piqua community is invited to a Bike Blessing at noon Friday, May 9, at the downtown gazebo. Local ministers Kazy and Joe Hinds will offer a blessing of our bicycles and riders and as part of the blessing, we will have a moment to remember those who have lost their lives while riding their bicycles this past year on our roadways.

The Bike Blessing is a great way to kick off Piqua Bike to Work Week, which begins Monday, May 12. Bike To Work Week is friendly competition designed to promote bicycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly transportation alternative.

Register to participate on the Bike to Work Week website at http://www.piquaoh.org/feature_active_living_in_piqua.htm, then record the bicycle miles you travel during the week of the event, and enter your participation data online and be recognized for your efforts.

The Bike To Work Week event committee will tally the final numbers and provide each participating person with a snapshot of the health and environmental benefits produced by their efforts. Participating individuals, students, families, businesses, and institutions will be publicly recognized and receive a certificate of participation.

The individual and student, and small and large business/institution/family with the greatest level of participation will receive the coveted traveling trophy to display/keep until next year, when they will have to reclaim the trophy or relinquish it to the new winner.