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Heck thanked the sponsors for their support in promoting cycling.
“We’re continuing to try to grow cycling in this community,” he said. “Every effort we can continue to make to promote cycling as more than just a recreational opportunity is a win for us.”
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The event was organized by Bike Springfield, a local cycling advocacy group, as well as the city, National Trail Parks and Recreation District and Changing Gears cycling club.
In 2013, Bike Springfield was created after the city hosted the bi-annual Miami Valley Cycling Summit. A year later the group and the city of Springfield worked together to plan the first Bike to Work Day event.
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Since that time, the city has made several upgrades to its cycling network, including new lane markings, increased bike racks and a Springfield Bike Plan, among others.
Moorefield Twp. resident Brent Andersen and his wife, Meg, attended the event as part of the Changing Gears club, which had about 25 cyclists attend.
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“We ride a lot and we felt it was important to come out and show our support,” Andersen said.
Andersen is encouraged by the improvements made by the city, especially marking bike routes. He’d like to see more education for the public. The state recently passed a law requiring motorists to give cyclists at least three feet of clearance on the road, he said.
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“A lot of people don’t realize that,” Andersen said.
Biking is also good exercise, Andersen said, even for people who haven’t tried in years.
“It’s never too late,” he said. “I’d like to see more people cycling.”