Bike your way to better health

Published 12:28 am Saturday, April 21, 2012

Children learn about bicycle safety at a Suffolk on the Move bicycle event last year. Two events are coming up to get people up and moving on their bicycles.

Two events in coming weeks will encourage Suffolk residents to pedal their way to a healthier future.

On April 28, the Suffolk Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a Family Fun and Bike Fest at Bennett’s Creek Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will feature bicycle safety demonstrations, a bicycle parade, boat inspections, disc golf demonstrations, a children’s area, vendors, food and more.

On May 19, a free 16-mile family fun bike ride will be held that begins at the King’s Fork Recreation Center at King’s Fork Middle School.

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“We just want people to come participate, enjoy and bring the family out,” said Jaya Tiwari, executive director of Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community. The organization is co-sponsoring both events along with Parks and Recreation.

Both events are returning from last year as part of the Suffolk on the Move program by Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community.

“We are encouraging people to participate,” Tiwari said. “We’re getting people up and moving, whether on foot or on a bicycle.”

Forms for free registration are available on the partnership’s website, www.suffolkpartnership.com.

“It’s just a fun event,” Tiwari said. “We hope a lot of people will come enjoy.”

For more information, call 238-3261.