It will be pedal power in Park City on Friday |

It will be pedal power in Park City on Friday

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

There will be more bicyclists around the Park City area on Friday than on a normal weekday.

Park City will be marking Bike to Work and School Day, and organizers anticipate a strong turnout for the annual event meant to encourage people to pedal their way around the city instead of driving.

Stu Johnson, a City Hall intern assigned to trails issues, is organizing Bike to Work and School Day and said a bicyclist can navigate the community. Bicycling, he said, can be seen as a method of transit in Park City rather than only a recreational pursuit.

"We’re really hoping folks are going to take it as an opportunity to get on their bikes and realize biking is a great form of transportation," Johnson said, noting that he often sees at least a few bicyclists riding to work on a typical day.

The event in Park City is scheduled as a Washington, D.C.-based group, the League of American Bicyclists, celebrates the final day of National Bike Month. The local organizers have scheduled Bike to Work and School Day a few weeks after national events. The League of American Bicyclists says riding leads to better health and productivity, saves cyclists money and has environmental benefits.

Bike to Work and School Day in Park City includes a gathering at The Yarrow from 7 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Mountain Trails Foundation, an advocacy group, will distribute free bicycle bells.

A table will be set up at McPolin Elementary School with bicycle bells and water bottles to be given out. The table will be at the school from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. The Park City Police Department bicycle officers will perform in a bicycle rodeo and offer safety tips from 7:50 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. at the school.

Students at Park City schools will meet between 7:30 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. at the park at the intersection of Comstock Drive and Sidewinder Drive as well as at the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center to ride to school.

Johnson said he wants drivers to be aware that there are expected to be more bicyclists in Park City on Friday.

"Hopefully a lot of people on their bikes riding," Johnson said about the day.

For more information, contact Johnson at .

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