Waldo Celebrates Wellness: find out about using your bike as a way to commute

Feb 25, 2014

On Saturday, March 1, Waldo County will be celebrating all things wellness-related – from container gardening, cooking classes, to getting our bodies active. The celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Troy Howard Middle School.

To encourage our community to use bicycling as a means for commuting, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and avid bikers in our county will be coming together for a panel discussion on Maine’s bike culture and how to make it more prominent in our communities.

One way to really start the conversation is to inspire people to bike in the winter! Have you ever thought about winter biking but don’t know where to start? Journey to Health recently interviewed Jim Merkel, bike enthusiast and panelist for the event, to learn more about winter biking and to get our viewers excited about biking in Maine.

Merkel says, “If you haven’t really gotten into riding your bike, or you think ‘Well, I’d love to try it this year; I’d like to commute; I’d like to go to college on my bike; I’d like my children to come out with us as a family, but I’m a little nervous about getting out in traffic, how to be safe, [and] what do I need? It’s really simple but I’d like to get a few tips from experts.”

If this sounds like you or even if you’re a more seasoned biker, it’s always good to get out and learn from your peers!

The schedule for the biking events is as follows: from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be going over rules of the road and how to be safe; from noon to 12:50 p.m. "Biking for Health, Transportation, Recreation, and Running Errands," a “how-to” discussion on getting started will be offered; and from noon to 2 p.m., bike tune-ups will be covered, giving you hands-on learning for fixing and maintaining your bicycle.

To find out more or to look at the full schedule for Waldo Celebrates Wellness, visit: www.wcgh.org/wellness or email Sarah O’Blenes at soblenes@wcgh.org. To view the entire interview with Jim, visit: http://vimeo.com/86991282.

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