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Stockbridge community invited to bike
by Nneka M. Okona
June 19, 2012 03:29 PM | 765 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ask Stockbridge Mayor Lee Stuart and he would tell you without hesitation that the summer is for cycling — watching the picturesque scenery in Stockbridge breeze by while pedaling away on a bike.

Stuart, an avid cycler, helped spearhead monthly community bike rides that started in the city last fall.

Most recently, the city held a bike ride on Father’s Day, during which residents were invited to journey on the six- to seven-mile Reeves Creek trail through Memorial Park.

“The bike ride is to try to get the community involved with health and wellness,” Stuart said. “It was Erik Charles, who is a member of the board of education, who came up with them.”

Since the bike rides have started in Stockbridge, there has been a bit of shuffling with the time and the day.

Stuart said the day change was to encourage more participation and the time change because of rising temperatures.

“When I attended a biking summit, they suggested that we do it on a Sunday afternoon after church,” said Stuart.

As far as the time changes, thus far, each month, the bike rides have started at different times.

In March, the bike ride started at 3 p.m. In April, it was moved up to 4 p.m. May saw a 5 p.m. start.

The Father’s Day bike ride started at 6 p.m., the latest time it has been all year.

Stockbridge’s community bike rides are held the third Sunday of each month.

All ages and all paces are welcome.

Residents are not required, but strongly encouraged, to wear helmets for safety.

Participants meet in the city hall parking lot for departure.

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