Committee plans Bike to Work event

WARREN — The seventh annual Bike to Work Day is being planned for 6 to 9 a.m. May 18, with check-in at the log cabin near Courthouse Square in Warren.

Jenna Amerine with Creating Healthy Communities program director said the event is designed to encourage people to be more physically active by bicycling as a means of transportation.

“We are encouraging people to ride a bike that morning and come to the event,” Amerine said.

The event will include prizes, free continental breakfast to those who ride a bicycle, and free T-shirts to the first 100 bicyclists.

At the cabin will be displays of MetroParks maps, upcoming bike-related events and bike safety brochures.

“We want to encourage people to take part in biking,” Amerine said.

The committee planning the event will meet with potluck lunch noon May 18 at TBEIC, 125 W. Market St. Warren. The event is being co-sponsored by Bike to Work Committee, Creating Healthy Communities, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and Trumbull County Metroparks.

A creating Healthy Communities committee meeting will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 16 at Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.

Amerine said other healthy community events are also being planned including adding raised community gardens for Bolindale Park in Howland. The gardens will be for all ages and people with disabilities to be able to spend time outdoors, she said. Gardens and improvements are also being planned at Quinby Park in Warren.

Both Bolindale and Quinby parks will have pop-up farmers markets when the weather warms up.

Amerine said there are plans for “complete streets” in Warren, which will provide access to people of all forms of movement including walking, driving and biking.

“The streets will be made accessible for all means of transportation,” she said.

Amerine said Creating Healthy Communities will also work with local markets and stores to help them showcase healthy food that in a way will help attract sales.

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