With 130-plus miles of paths, dozens of bike racks and new bicycling facilities added each year, we like to think of every month as "Bike Month" in Dublin.
Nevertheless, each May, we join communities throughout the country in celebrating the many benefits of bicycling, showcasing our bike-friendly amenities and encouraging more people to give bicycling a try.
This year, in recognition of Bike Month, the city will host a free bike event for the community from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.
The event will feature:
* Two-mile bike ride with Dublin City Council, Dublin Police Bike Unit and Dublin Bicycle Ambassadors.
* Information tents from local biking organizations.
* Bike repair demonstrations.
* Safety resources and tips.
* Bike donation station.
* Free refreshments.
We will also be introducing a new bike-share program called LimeBike. The company is launching a pilot program in Dublin, marking its first location in Ohio and its first suburban location in the world. The company will distribute a supply of bicycles around town that riders can rent through a smartphone app. Rides cost $1 for 30 minutes, or 50 cents for students with a valid student identification card. You can find more information about how to use the bike share program at DublinOhioUSA.gov/bike or by downloading the LimeBike app.
Bike share services play an important role in advancing the city's plan to improve transportation by providing safe, affordable and sustainable travel options to residents, visitors and those who work in the city. Alternative mobility options help reduce traffic congestion and pollution while encouraging active lifestyles.
The program also highlights Dublin's commitment to emerging as an elite bicycle friendly community. The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Dublin as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community since 2013. We at the city are dedicated to maintaining and improving that status.
Bicycles also serve an important role in the Dublin Police Department, which has 13 officers dedicated to the bike patrol unit. These officers use bicycles in addition to their motor vehicles to patrol Dublin's streets and recreation paths.
Officers assigned to this unit also are available to conduct bicycle safety talks for organizations and civic groups. To schedule a presentation, call 614-410-4800.
Additionally, specially trained Dublin Bicycle Ambassadors volunteer their time on Dublin's paths and roads to help bicyclists with directions; report maintenance and safety issues; assist with bike safety initiatives, education, and group rides; and recognize youth practicing safe biking.
Bicycle ambassadors cover about 1,000 miles per month and are clearly identifiable by neon vests or jersey uniforms and city-issued identification badges.
We hope to see you at our Bike Month kick-off event this Saturday, and we encourage you to enjoy the many benefits of bicycling this May and all year round.
Here are some Rules of the Road safety tips:
Rules of the road
Of course, Bike Month is also a great time to talk about bicycle safety. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
* All bicyclists should wear a properly-fitting helmet.
* Before you start your ride, ensure your bicycle is in good working condition, using the ABC Quick check (proper Air in tires, Brakes, Crank/Chain and Quick releases).
* Be a defensive cyclist.
* Make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians.
* Walk your bike in crosswalks.
* Follow traffic laws. You are considered a vehicle when you ride in the street.
* Ride near the right side of the roadway.
* Shared-use paths are for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized vehicles.
Find more safety tips at DublinOhioUSA.gov/bike
Dublin Assistant City Manager Michelle Crandall submitted the City Notes column.