Grove City officials and employees of Specialized Bicycle Components last Thursday rode their bicycles to City Hall in recognition of national Bike Month and Bike to Work Week.

Grove City officials and employees of Specialized Bicycle Components last Thursday rode their bicycles to City Hall in recognition of national Bike Month and Bike to Work Week.

Four city officials and nine Specialized employees met at 7 a.m. on May 20 in the Central Ohio Transit Authority Park and Ride parking lot, 2321 Stringtown Road, before biking to City Hall.

The League of American Bicyclists is holding National Bike Month this month. The league dubbed May 17-21 Bike to Work Week.

The league states the reasons for riding a bike to work are simple and rather obvious: improved health, less pollution and no fuel costs.

Jesse Rogers, manager of the Specialized bike distribution center at 3450 Urbancrest Industrial Drive, said he and his employees work with the city each year to recognize the occasion.

"It's an alternative to $2.75, $3 a gallon in gas," Rogers said.

He said most people can ride to work on a bike in about 40 minutes.

Kim Conrad, Grove City parks and recreation director, lauded the health benefits of biking before she set off on her ride to work May 20.

"I think good health and physical fitness is very important," she said. "Stay active and have fun doing it."

The bicyclists rode west from the parking lot to City Hall along Old Stringtown Road and Kingston Avenue, a nearly two-mile trip.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, participation in Bike Month and Bike to Work Week events increases with each passing year.

Since 1992, ODOT said it has invested more than $100-million to improve and modernize pedestrian and bicycle routes across the state.

ODOT director Jolene M. Molitoris joined the Columbus mayor Michael Coleman, business leaders and bicycle enthusiasts for a bike ride to the Ohio Statehouse on May 17.

"Biking and walking are critical components of a thriving, healthy, and complete multi-modal transportation system," Molitoris said in statement.