Bike To Work Week

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Bowling Green, Ky., residents are literally peddling their way to make a buck. It's Bike to Work Week and the Bowling Green League of Bicyclists are trying to convince more people to make the change to a healthier and environmentally safer lifestyle.

"Is this good biking weather or what?" bicyclist, Rick Horn asked.

Horn is a 60-year-old father of two and grandfather of four. He used to run in marathons but has since traded in his running shoes for biking shoes.

"It's a whole different atmosphere when your riding. You can talk to people when their walking. It's a neighborhood experience," Horn explained.

Horn is a member of the Bowling Green League of Bicyclists and has been riding for about 15 years, but just recently started riding to work.

"I'm going to do it a lot more. I'm going to bike. It's just a lot easier than I thought. On the bad days, when its raining, I'm certainly not going to do it," Horn explained.

Horn calls himself a fair weather biker but others in the bike league ride year round. He said riding is good for his mind, body and spirit.

"In fact I think I'm going to have to find a little longer way to ride to work," Horn said.

Rick's route is already 5.5 miles one way. So when he gets to work he hits the showers.

"I have the opportunity and working at Western too, I can take a shower at Preston and I have a change of clothes at work," Horn explained.

Horn knows not everyone has access to showers at work and biking may not be for everyone, but he said everyone should try it at least once.

"If you live (within) 10 to 12 miles from your work place I think it should be very feasible," Horn said.

If you want to start biking to work all you have to do is make a few adjustments.

Horn said to take several days worth of clothes to work ahead of time and pack a few other things like deodorant. He said biking to work only takes him about five more minutes than driving. Horn also takes an alternate route to avoid roads with heavy traffic. He said most drivers are courteous to bikers and it's important to be considerate of them as well.

For more information on the Bowling Green League of Bicyclists, log onto www.BGLOB.com and to find out more about biking to work, click here.


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