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The Rice County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 2017 as Bike Month in Rice County as a way to promote and showcase the many health, environmental, and business benefits of bicycling and Rice County Public Health is encouraging residents to participate in local Bike Month activities.
Numerous Rice County schools, colleges, groups, and businesses are offering local Bike Month activities such as bike rodeos, employer-sponsored wellness initiatives, and bike-to-school or bike-to-work events. In addition, local bike groups are hosting numerous community rides. Most events are free and open to the public.
Many Rice County businesses including KGP Companies, Community Resource Bank, Rice County, Northfield Community Resource Center, City of Northfield and Northfield YMCA will be participating in Bike Bingo as a part of their workplace wellness initiatives to increase physical activity.
Rice County Public Health and the Rice County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) support kids and adults walking and bicycling to school and work more often—through infrastructure improvements, education and promotional activities. Walking and bicycling to school and work helps families stay active and healthy, and helps kids and adults arrive at school and work focused and ready to learn and be productive.
For a listing of Rice County bike events, visit Rice County Public Health on Facebook. Information on statewide bike events can be found at www.exploreminnesota.com/pedal-mn
Josh Ramaker, Rice County Public Health SHIP Coordinator (507) 332-5911
Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director (507) 332-6111