Columbus mayor and residents to ride bikes for better health

Columbus mayor and residents to ride bikes for better health

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

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

"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. Bicycling is easy, fun and convenient. It's a great way to bring our community together."

There will also 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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