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July 28, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - For cyclists and potential bike enthusiasts, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle invites you to join him on his annual Mayor's Bike Ride around downtown Huntsville on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Cyclists will travel along on an easy four mile loop around the downtown area with a two-mile bailout for those seeking a family-friendly option.

The 5th Annual Mayor's Bicycle Ride was originally scheduled in May, but heavy rains forced a postponement until Aug. 23rd. A new prelude to this year's event is a "Skills Drills" Bike Safety Rodeo for adults and children at 9:30 a.m. in the old Holiday Inn parking lot on Williams Avenue.

"Cycling is fun for everyone, and it's a great way to exercise," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "An active lifestyle is imperative to improving physical health and well-being. We aim to improve the health of our community through the 'Healthy Huntsville' initiative, and this bike ride is just one of our many programs geared toward living an active lifestyle."

Both cycling events are free. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., in Big Spring Park, near the Williams Street entrance to the Huntsville Museum of Art.

The annual Mayor's Bike Ride is sponsored by the City of Huntsville's Mayor's Office, Parks & Recreation Department, and the City's Bicycle Advisory and Safety Committee. The goal to promote cycling safety. For more information on cycling safety, visit bikehuntsville.com.

Mayor's Bike Ride in Big Spring Park
Saturday, August 23, 2014

9:00 AM Registration - free. Riders must wear helmets
9:30 AM Bike Rodeo and Skills Drills, old Holiday Inn Parking Lot
10:30 AM Mayor's 4-mile Bike Ride embarks from Williams Street in Big Spring Park


For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov

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