Cycle2Health Program in HoCo Gets a Tuneup

The program will offer assistance for those new to cycling.

Riders need their own bike, helmet and a few other things. (Credit: Montclair Patch)
Riders need their own bike, helmet and a few other things. (Credit: Montclair Patch)

Seniors in Howard County will take off from Cradlerock Way this Thursday on a bike ride kicking off the Cycle2Health (C2H) program's second season.

More than 70 people participated in the program during its inaugural year, with an average of 15 cyclists per ride.

Cycle2Health is a bicycling club for older adults that is noncompetitive and peer-led. Rides, which vary in length and difficulty, are scheduled for weekdays departing from Howard County senior centers.

This year there will be a "New to Riding" (N2R) group, with special instruction and safety clinics for new riders, according to a statement from Howard County. 

The Howard County Office on Aging coordinates the program, and anyone over 18 may participate.

Registration costs $10. Participants will need working bicycles, a helmet, water, spare tube and bicycle air pump. Race Pace Bicycles in Ellicott City and Columbia, Mt. Airy Bicycles and Princeton Sports in Columbia will provide free safety checks for participants. 

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, the first ride of the season departs from the East Columbia 50+ Center at 6600 Cradlerock Way in Columbia, weather permitting.

Safety checks and presentations on bike-related topics will be there for the kickoff, officials said. For more information, call 410-313-5940 or register online.


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