May is Bike to Work Month

Ever since Kenneth Howell’s first year at Utah State University 5 years ago, he has been biking to and from work.

“You get to feel the wind in your face, smell how it smells in spring and wave to people as you go by,” he said.

Biking saves Howell money he would be spending on gas and car insurance. Plus, he said riding his bike to work takes just about as much time as it would to drive.

“I’m just as efficient on my bike as I am in a car,” he said.

May is Bike to Work Month, and Logan has been celebrating this week by handing out information packets at the CVTD Transit Center from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Paul Rogers, volunteer for Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, said the committee is collaborating with local groups like Aggie Blue Bikes to get more bike lanes, covered bike parking and bike trails and to educate the public on bike safety.

“We have a long way to go with education in Cache Valley,” Rogers said.

Logan City is planning to do some construction on 200 East in 2013 installing roundabouts on 500 North and 1000 North. Rogers hopes bike lanes will be included on 200 East and through these roundabouts.

Sharrows – arrows that mark the road is to be shared by bikers – are popping up around town, and Rogers said it’s important for both drivers and bikers to be cautious and learn how to share the road.

Howell said Logan City has made “leaps and bounds” to make the city more bike friendly, but drivers need to be educated on how to watch out for bikers. Many drivers will pull quickly across a crosswalk at a parking lot exit to get to the street which puts pedestrians and bikers in danger.

“I do feel that drivers in general, if they are not a person who rides a bike regularly, they’ve forgotten the rules of yielding to cyclists, right of way and stop signs. So (cyclists) have to really be on our guard,” Howell said.

More information about the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee can be found on the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization’s <a href=”http://cachempo.org/?page_id=505″>website</a>.

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