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Celebrating Bike Month

Okay, Virginia, it’s time to dust off your bike and explore our region!

Written by Kristine McCormick

For decades learning to ride a bicycle was the quintessential experience for American kids. Just part of being a kid in cities, suburbs & rural America alike. Long summer days filled with the freedom to ride away from your house, and your parents, maybe siblings too. Do you remember your first bicycle? Mine was a sparkly purple number with a banana seat and handle bar streamers.

The majority of Americans stop riding a bicycle sometime in their childhood. For most, it is during the teenage years when the hallowed right of passage known as “Driving” occurs. Bicycles get left in the garage or basement to collect dust as teenagers gallivant around town in cars. As adults we favor cars because we perceive ourselves as simply too busy. We absolutely must get from one thing to the next and then the next with lightening speed.

The benefits of riding a bicycle are enormous; it produces quantifiable heath benefits, it is a good non-impact way to build cardiovascular health while still being easy on joints and has a wonderful calming, almost meditative effect on the brain. A person who rides a bicycle is also simply more engaged with the community as they ride around town. Traveling at a slower pace gives one time to notice what is going on in the neighborhood. Bicyclists have the opportunity to look at their surroundings as they pass instead of zipping by in a car with all attention focused on the road ahead.

My bicycle got left behind at my parent’s house when I moved to D.C. and it was 18 years before I was on two wheels again. I can’t recall how I first decided to start riding a bicycle after all that time, I’m just very happy I did. Cycling in general makes me happy. I look forward to it. Cycling has a way of making my whole day easier, I’ve lost weight and I find myself to be a more patient person. I owe these changes to riding a bicycle.

In celebration of Bike Month you are invited to dust off that bicycle hiding in your garage or basement and start exploring your neighborhood via our Greenways. It may feel a little awkward at first but the old adage is true, you never forget how to ride a bicycle. You can find info about Roanoke’s Bikeshare program at: https://ridesolutions.org/bikeshareand info about our wonderful network of Greenways here: http://greenways.org/?page_id=21

Kristine McCormick is a Marketing Consultant and busy mom to three girls who after living in eight different cities has adopted Roanoke as her “hometown” because she loves riding bikes in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. 

Women’s Outdoor Series

Summer is here and we are so excited about getting outdoors and enjoying all the fun our area has to offer!
We hope you will join us for any (or all!) of the following events that encompass our Women’s Outdoor Series during June. Stock up on sunscreen and get ready for some fun!

mtnbikegroupFor the ENTIRE month of June, Solve Fitness is offering Women’s Mountain Bike Instruction classes. At $75 for 2.5-3 hours, these classes include one-on-one personal training teaching participants basics that apply to all skill levels including riding over logs, switchback instruction and more! Additionally, each participant will receive a one-hour studio training session with postural and mat exercises.
Learn to navigate the trails in our area with confidence! Sign up today at www.solvefitness.com or call 540-312-5478.

paddleboardyogaLearn the basics of Standup Paddleboard Yoga at one of Roanoke Mountain Adventures‘ classes on June 5, 12, or 26, from 6:30-8 pm. at Explore Park. Classes run in conjunction with Uttara Yoga Studio and are $25 each. To register, call 540-525-8295.

Join Roanoke Mountain Adventures on June 9 at 4 pm on the Roanoke River for a Women’s Kayak Instructional Class/Trip. Classes are $45– the cost covers all rental equipment including a sit-on-top-kayak. To register, call 540-525-8295.

runnerHave you always wanted to try trail running, but you aren’t sure where to go or what to do? Consider signing up for an Intro to Trail Running course with Muddy Squirrel! For six Thursdays, beginning June 18, learn techniques, tips and tricks to becoming the best trail runner you can be! Get acquainted with great trails around the Roanoke Valley and meet a group of amazing women of all trail running levels with whom you can continue your adventures!
To register for the $49 course (and for more details), visit www.muddysquirrel.com.

paddleboardOn June 24, Roanoke Mountain Adventures will offer a Women’s Paddleboard Instructional Class at Explore Park for $45. The class will begin at 4 pm and will be taught by an ACA Certified SUP Instructor. It includes all rental equipment and transportation to Explore Park. To register, call 540-525-8295.

We can’t wait to see you at each of these events!