WARREN - Last spring, more than 65 area residents took part in riding their bikes to work in downtown Warren as a way to enjoy the outdoors, exercise and bicycling.
A committee has begun meeting to plan for the second annual Bike to Work Day, tentatively set for 6 to 9 a.m. May 17 during National Bike Month.
The committee includes representatives of the Trumbull County Health Department, Warren city, Greater Western Reserve Bikeway Trail, Trumbull Tourism Bureau, and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.
Mel Milliron of the TC Health Department said they were pleased with the 67 participants last year with a goal set for 100 this spring.
The event involves people biking to downtown Warren to the log cabin, where there will be breakfast and biking information including the local bike trails.
"People have already been asking me about the event. It really allows for a lot of camaraderie among bike riders," Milliron said.
Milliron said there was a lot of socializing and sharing of stories in the cabin.
The event is to encourage people to be more physically active by bicycling.
He said most of the people who took part worked in the downtown Warren area such as the county prosecutor's office, Warren city schools, Trumbull County Health Department, several local factories and the county maintenance office.
"We had people bike from Southington, Lordstown, Mecca, Howland, Champion, Newton Falls and all parts of Warren. One man had his young son on the back of his bike," Milliron said.
He said the longest ride was about 15 miles.
"We had about a half dozen people show up out of curiosity. They just wanted to see what was going on and they encouraged us to keep up the good work," he said.
He said while anyone can be part of the event the majority of participants are those who bike to work in Warren.
Brown said the event is to promote healthiness in riding a bike and being outdoors.
The event will include T-shirts, water, giveaways and gift items.
Bike to Work Day is marked nationally in May with similar event in Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus and other Ohio communities.
The committee will next meet at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the county health department. For information on how to participate, call 330-675-7807.