Bike Ripley’s Mayor’s Ride
Bike Ripley is sponsoring a Mayor’s Ride community event with a goal of
increasing awareness of outdoor family recreation opportunities. It is scheduled
to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 in Ripley City Park.
Mayor Carolyn Rader says the free group ride serves as a kick-off in Ripley.
“We’re hoping to increase community awareness about the benefits of bicycling,”
she said. “It’s a great opportunity for families to get outside and exercise
together. Also, we want to get the message out for drivers to be aware of folks
who are riding bicycles and for them to share the road.”
Mayor’s Ride participants are encouraged to gather with their bikes at the gazebo
near the pool in Ripley City Park. After brief opening remarks, the group ride will
proceed along a 1.5-mile course through the park and the adjacent neighborhood.
The City of Ripley has purchased additional signage identifying the course.
Others are getting involved in Bike Ripley. Pilot Club, for instance, is making a
limited supply of helmets available.
Jim Bush is among the organizers of Bike Ripley. The long-time bike enthusiast
says the Mayor’s Ride provides a good introduction to the community.
“We want to introduce our new biking program in Ripley,” he said. “At the same
time, we want to raise awareness of bike safety and laws. Bicycling has numerous
benefits such as improving health and wellness.”
The organization has a long-term goal of making the Ripley area a biking
destination, according to Bush.
“Bike Ripley has great potential,” he added. “There is no downside to a biking
community. We want to build and expand trails and tracks, encourage social
interaction through rides and events and strengthen the economy through bike
“We can build a bike friendlier community and everyone benefits,” Bush said.
“We invite everyone to get on board with the Mayor’s Ride.”
In the event of bad weather, the ride will be rescheduled Saturday, Oct. 24.