Cannon celebrating National Bike Month

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs

In support of National Bike Month in May, Cannon’s fitness center will be hosting Ride Your Bike to Work Day on May 20. A sign-up sheet is now available at the gym.

“We are trying to make people aware of not only the health benefits, but the cost effectiveness of riding a bike to work,” said Staff Sgt. Freddie Jones, fitness specialist, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron. “It will help save on gas which, let’s face it, it doesn’t look like the prices will be dropping any time soon.”

By becoming a regular bike commuter, fitness levels can be improved, he explained. Active employees are more alert, take fewer sick days, and are more productive. People who swap from driving to cycling may improve their heart, lungs and blood vessels greatly in six to eight weeks, so they get sick less often.

“There’s nothing like riding to stimulate circulation, relieve stress, allow creative thought, and establish a positive attitude towards oneself and one’s environment,” said Jones.

This is something that Senior Airman Ryan Fisco agrees with. He rides his bike to work three to four times a week as well as back and forth to lunch and has found many benefits to his new method of transportation.

“I just recently started riding to work, nearly a month ago,” said Fisco. “I did it for various reasons. Cycling helps me get an extra workout throughout the day and it also helps my knees because it works out different muscles in my legs. My legs have become stronger in this sort time I’ve been riding my bike.”

Riding his bike to work not only helps keep Fisco in shape, but it also keeps him alert and gives him an extra wake-up call in the morning, he said.

Fisco is excited to participate in the “Ride your bike to work day,” but will also be taking some safety precautions.

“I’ve realized that there’s a lot of traffic in the morning during non-PT days, so I’m constantly aware of my surroundings. Sometimes people don’t see you, especially at stop signs and turns,” he said. “Wind is also a big factor. I feel it pushing me to the side so I look for incoming traffic and try to ride as close to the side of the road as I can to avoid getting hit.”

National Bike month was created in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. This organization has provided the foundation for communities and schools to start their own bike month. Visit www.bikeleague.org for more details and additional scheduled activities.

For more information on Ride Your Bike to Work Day contact the fitness center here at 784-2466.