Bike Bonanza Promotes Community Cycling

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Cyclists and walkers passing by the Riverfront Trail in downtown Lansing couldn't help but stop and look at the first ever Bike Bonanza and Open House Sunday afternoon.

Outside the Lansing City Market, the event featured free bike repairs, an obstacle course for the kids and valet bike parking.

"It's just a really great way to enjoy the city and our beautiful setting with Lansing, get outside and enjoy nature," said Colleen Synk, who organized the Bike Bonanza. "Even if you have toddlers that necessarily don't know how to bike, they can still be kind of engaged in our bike event today."

Even kids as young as two could try out bikes without pedals, using their feet instead to move.

"If you take a look around you'll see everything from the littlest ones who are riding in a tag-along with mom or dad and you see a lot of our seniors who are exercising via bicycle for fitness," said Julie Powers, executive director of the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Committee. "So it's nice to see such a broad group of people from across the area out to celebrate bicycling."

Share-a-Bike and MSU Bikes tuned up bikes for free while other bike-centered organizations set up tables to distribute information.

"What we're hoping to do is put a lot more people on bikes and really make it easier to connect the community together with bike transportation instead of just cars," said Lynne Martinez of Capital Community Bike Share. "We're really excited for the impact it could have on the community."

Lansing will introduce a bike share program August 4. Anyone can rent a bike from one of the stations downtown and then return it to any other station.

Organizers say when it comes to a healthy community, the more bicycles the better.

Bicycling is a triple bottom line benefit," said Powers. "You save money because gas prices are sky high, you improve your health because you get exercise while bicycling and you save the environment."

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