PROCLAMATION OF MAY AS BIKE MONTH and the week of May 2, 2016 to May 6, 2016 as BIKE TO WORK and BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK in Piqua, Ohio

WHEREAS, for more than a century, the bicycle has been an important part of the lives of most Americans; and,

WHEREAS, today, millions of Americans engage in bicycling as an environmentally sound form of transportation, an excellent form of fitness, and as a quality family recreation activity; and,

WHEREAS, Piqua hosts events such as a the annual Bike Blessing, Bicycle Rodeo, Bike to Work/Bike to School Week, Piqua Bike Challenge, Moonlight Stride and Rides, and the Groovy Gourd Bike Tour, encourages local and visiting bicyclists to enjoy the Great Miami River Recreational Trail, the Piqua Recreational Trail system, and all of our beautiful community.

WHEREAS, these bicycling activities and attractions have a positive impact on Piqua’s economy and tourism industry and to stimulate economic development by making the city attractive to businesses and citizens who enjoy the out of doors and healthy lifestyles; and

WHEREAS, creating bicycle-friendly communities has been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being, and quality of life, to boost community spirit, to improve traffic safety, and to reduce pollution and congestion; and,

WHEREAS, the League of American Bicyclists and local advocacy organizations like Bike Piqua are promoting greater public awareness of bicycle operation and safety education in an effort to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Piqua benefit from the availability of a complete transportation system that includes facilities dedicated to the safe and convenient movement of bicycle traffic:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Piqua Commission hereby proclaims, the month of May as BIKE MONTH, and the week of May 2, 2016 to May 6, 2016 as BIKE TO WORK and BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK in Piqua, Ohio. 

KATHRYN HINDS, MAYOR OF PIQUA, OHIO

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