SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – This week, Siouxlanders are being encouraged to enjoy some fresh air by trading their car keys for a bike helmet.
Friday is “Bike To Work Day” in Sioux City.
“It’s a really great opportunity to try out cycling in a commuter fashion,” said Michelle Bostinelos, Executive Director of Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO).
“Cycling to work and cycling for pleasure or cycling for transportation is going to become more and more common and relevant as time goes on, within the city of Sioux City and nationwide,” said Erin Berzina, Sioux City Planning and Zoning.
For some folks, the day might start with a 30 to 45-minute workout. That’s about how long it might take you to commute to work on a bike.
“If you can get up and bike to work you can check that right off your to-do list you have it already done before you get to the office,” said Bostinelos.
Some doctors believe cycling promotes a number of health benefits.
“Long term it has benefits of controlling the blood pressure it can decrease bad cholesterol in your body and increase the good cholesterol called HDL and that way you can improve the glycemic control of your body as well,” said Dr. Vijaya Subramanian of MercyOne Singing Hills Family Medicine Clinic.
“When you get to work your body feels energized, your mind is nice and clear and you’re ready to work for the day,” said Bostinelos.
Organizers hope to have more than 100 people sign up in an effort to make the community healthier as well.
“This is a very auto-dependent society in general and in Sioux City but as time goes on, a lot of people are more and more interested in their health and commuting and lessening the environmental impacts that motor vehicles cause,” said Berzina.
“If you have a community that there are a lot of pedestrians, it really shows the character of the community that its a safe environment,” said Bostinelos.
Along with health benefits for yourself and the community, there’s one more perk to this event: saving a couple of dollars on your morning commute.
“There is a cost saving so you don’t have the wear and tear on your car you aren’t paying for gas maybe you have to pay for parking and you certainly don’t have to do that the days you commute,” said Bostinelos.
Organizers and sponsors believe that events, like this, could be the start of a healthy lifestyle, and common community hobby.
“It’s just getting the energy to get your bike out, get it dusted off and get your helmet out, but once you start pedaling and you get out there you realize that you can do this and you build some confidence and it becomes easier every time you do it,” said Bostinelos.
“We would like to make a cleaner brighter and healthier Siouxland both this upcoming Friday and throughout the year,” said Berzina.
Registration for the event is free.
Organizers are hosting a Commuter Breakfast, on Friday morning from 7-9 a.m.
For more information or to register, go to https://healthysiouxland.org/.