The Iowa Valley Bicycle Club is sponsoring the Marshalltown Bike to Work Week, May 13-17.
Bike to Work Week is a weeklong annual event held in May to encourage community individuals to ride their bicycles to work, creating a healthier community.
More than 50 percent of all Americans live less than five miles from their places of employment. Twenty-seven percent of all trips we take in America are less than a mile and 40 percent are less than two miles. The bicycle can be a very useful tool in changing the environment and the health of our community.
A study by the University of Northern Iowa on the economic and health benefits of cycling in Iowa shows the bicycle commuter population is estimated to save Iowa $13,266,020 in health care costs. Recreational bicyclists are estimated to save the state of Iowa $73,942,511 in health care costs. When both savings in health care costs are combined for a population of 3 million, the health care savings per capita is $29. For a city the size of Marshalltown, the total cost savings is $784,000 and for Marshall County, the annual savings is more than $1 million.
During the 2012 Bike to Work Week, Marshalltown experienced a 30 percent increase in the number of participants and days ridden over the previous years' participation. Starting at 6:30 a.m. during the 2013 Bike to Work Week, May 13 through May 17, Iowa Valley Bicycle Club will continue the support station (snacks and drinks) on the Linn Creek Recreational Trail at the Community Y Individual participants may sign in each day as a Bike to Work Week rider. For every rider signing in each day at the support station, the bike club will donate $1 toward the Marshalltown Police Department's K-9 unit. As always, we enjoy the great conversations. Come on riders, participate in the Bike to Work Week event and help the K-9 unit.
For more information about the Iowa Valley Bike Club, check marshalltownbikeclub.com or visit the Iowa Valley Bicycle Club Facebook page.