May is National Bike Month, and a small group of CUTR employees, affiliates, and family members hopped on their bicycles and logged rides during the month. This year, the Love to Ride Tampa Bay Challenge allowed indoor rides to be counted and family outings were encouraged. “Riding a bicycle is a great way to get exercise and feel more connected with our community while working remotely,” said Julie Bond CUTR researcher and Bike/Walk Tampa Bay program director. During the month, CUTR employees and family members logged an impressive 3,084 miles––riding for fun and fitness, with their kids, and for errands. “I ride my bicycle to keep my heart healthy, burn off stress, and escape the house!” said Jodi Godfrey, CUTR researcher. “My hour-long commute used to be the time I had to myself to decompress from the stresses of the day, and now I find myself jumping on my bicycle as soon as the workday ends for that same decompression time.” CUTR family members also joined in the fun. “My family rides for exercise, sunlight and fresh air, and to enjoy each other’s company,” said Sara Hendricks CUTR researcher. “Bicycling is a great way to explore one’s community. We notice more around us when we ride.”
Participants need only cycle for 10 minutes or more for a ride to count. There is still time to join the National Bike Challenge, which runs until September 30, 2020. To join the Challenge, visit lovetoride.net/tampabay and join the fun!