Ride Columbus; Cycling for better health

Ride Columbus; Cycling for better health

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Planning Department will be hosting a leisurely bike ride and post-ride event on Saturday, October 24.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at World Changes Tabernacle Church located at 1241 Alta Vista Drive.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Reverend Prathan Powell with World Changes Tabernacle will also join the ride to promote cycling in our community.

"We want our citizens to know that Columbus is a place where all forms of transportation like bicycles are accepted in our community," said Mayor Tomlinson. "We also want to take this opportunity to advocate bicycling for its health benefits as well."

The American Cancer Society lists bicycling as one of the best forms of exercise to prevent various types of cancers.

"This event is mainly about community fellowship and bringing everyone together to raise awareness for health," said Reverend Prathan Powell. "Bicycling can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age or gender. We want everyone who has an interest in bicycling to join us for this event."

The five mile ride will start at the church; the participants will go down Morris Road, Andrews Road, Brown Avenue then Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and the ride will end back at World Changes Tabernacle Church.

There will be a free cook-out event with giveaways, games, live music and activities for children after the ride.

Ride on Bikes and the Bike Shop of Columbus will allow the participants to rent bicycles for free. Those interested in renting free bicycles for this event, please call 706-562-8070 to make reservations.

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