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Bike safety stressed in Warren

WARREN — As the weather warms up, more people will be on their bikes riding on bike paths and streets.

To help make sure bicyclists are safe and their bikes are in safe condition, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership hosted a two-day workshop on biking.

Youngstown resident Ira Cross, who led the workshop, said the first part focused on bike safety when a bicyclist is on the road and also how to take care of a bike. The second part was a ride through parts of Warren.

“We encourage people to ride their bikes and get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. We want to make Warren and other places bike-friendly communities,” Cross said.

Cross said May is Bike Month with such events as a Bike to Work, Bike to School and Ride of Silence held locally. The Bike to Work Day was May 17 and the Ride of Silence in memory of those who lost their lives in bicycle-vehicle accidents was May 15 at Warren G. Harding High School.

Cross focused on the importance of wearing a helmet, rules of the road when riding on the street and bike maintenance such as checking tires and brakes.

” I call this the ABCs of biking,” he said. “We want to get the community and the motorists prepared for the people on their bikes on the road.”

Taking part in the class was Warren resident Sherry Cox-Calloway who said it is important that motorists have the awareness of people riding their bikes.

“We have people of all ages riding their bikes now. They are outside in the fresh air learning and seeing our community,” she said.

Cassandra Clevenger, program manager of TNP, said the organization was recently presented a proclamation by Warren city official designating May as “National Bike Month.”

Clevenger said many of the biking and walking programs offered by TNP are designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle through exercise and better eating.

“We want to promote wellness and teach people about having an active lifestyle. Eating well and being more active in the community. We want people to be mindful of being healthy and riding a bike is one way to do that,” Clevenger said.

Other classes on exercising and walking are also being planned by TNP and in partnership with the Trumbull County Combined Health District.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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