In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Ride a bike with Mayor Lumumba to celebrate National Bike Month

With spring in the air, the City of Jackson joins the League of American Bicyclists in celebrating May as National Bike Month.

On Thursday, May 23, citizens will be invited to join Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba for Jackson’s first Slow Roll with the Mayor as a way to have fun bike riding around downtown while also being active.

Slow Roll with the Mayor

“It is important to recognize that in order to be a healthy, vibrant city we must put forth a concerted effort to become healthier citizens which is why we’re encouraging everyone to celebrate National Bike Month. We encourage our citizens, not only to join us in this exciting month of utilizing bikes to be healthier but also in envisioning what our city will become in a multi-modal mobility city,” said Mayor Lumumba.

Bill Nesper, Interim Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists, said, “Biking is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out. And this year, with gasoline prices as high as they are, makes more sense than ever.”

The following are some tips that will help you enjoy biking more.

• Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop

• Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash

• Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are traveling

• Obey all stop signs, traffic lights, and lane markings

• Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act

• Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns

Thursday’s Slow Roll with the Mayor will begin promptly at 4:00 pm and is free to the public.

Slow Roll with the Mayor Bike Route

Participants are asked to gather at the parklet located at 120 N. Congress street for the ride along.

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