Editor: May Is National Bike Month and the members of Bike Lodi would like to encourage everyone to ride their bikes. National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; to improve your health or the environment or simply to explore the wonderful routes in the Lodi area; riding your bike is a positive all the way around.

Bike Lodi is very grateful to the many community supporters including Ken Parish, owner of KPI Signs, for creating and donating our new banner, and to Rabobank who provided the funding for new portable bike racks. These racks will be used at the free bike valets every Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market and, for the first time, we will be providing a bike valet for Zinfest participants.

We hope to provide several more bike valets at community events. Thanks to the support of Dave Kirsten, Sam Rehmke, and the staff from the Public Works department, you will soon be able to use new permanent bike racks in Downtown Lodi.

Finally, City of Lodi, San Joaquin Council of Governments’ Dibs (formerly Commute Connection) and Bike Lodi are partnering to host Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 25. The event is open to all members of the community. It will be held in the pedestrian walkway adjacent to Woolworth Plaza (115 South School Street) from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

School House Grounds is generously donating coffee to go with home-baked goods and snacks. Bike Lodi is working towards being a positive influence by supporting bicycling projects for all ages and all abilities. We are a group of bicycle enthusiasts working to promote bicycle tourism in the Lodi region.

Our mission is to educate and advocate for the safe use of bicycles as a viable and sustainable means of transportation and enjoyment. We are creating an exceptional cycling community.

Kathryn Siddle

Bike Lodi Chairman

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