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SportsRecreationCycling12TuesdayMay62014CyclistshitthestreetsforfunrideinHayRiverByMEAGANWOHLBERGBikesaretunedupandreadytoridethissummerinHayRiverthankstoax-upandfunrideeventonSatur-dayputonbyEcologyNorthandthetown.Aroundadozencyclistsgatheredinfrontoftheli-brarySaturdayafternoontoworkontheirbikeswiththehelpofvolunteersskilledintheartofbicyclemaintenancebeforetakingoffforajoyousafternoongrouprideabouttowncelebratingtheendofalongwinter.Greasecleaningsuppliestoolsandallsortsofextraequipmentfromtirepatchkitsandinnertubestoextrapedalsandchainswereavail-abletothecyclingenthusiastswiththehopethatabetterridewillleadtomoretwo-wheeledtransportationoutonthestreetsandtrailsthissummer.Yourbikenotbeinginshapeisahugedeterrentes-peciallyifpeoplehaveleftitoutsideoverthewinteranditsgottenallsnowyandmaybealittlerustysaidKimRapatimanagerofEcologyNorthinHayRiver.IveheardpeoplesaybeforeIvegotabikebutitsnotworkingwellornoteasytoride.Bikesareprettysimplemachinesandifyouknowalittlebitabouthowitworksitcanbefairlysimpletotuneitupandtoadjustafewthings...andmakeitrunreallywellagain.Rapatisaidthepopularityofbikesisgrowinginthecom-munitybutshewantstoseemorepeopletakeupgreenerwaysofgettingaround.Theresafewreallydedi-catedpeopleIknowwhobikeacrosstownandlotsofkidswhohavefunonourtrailswiththeirbikesbutEcologyNorthreallywantstoencour-agemorepeopletogetoutandbikeespeciallyinthesum-meriftheyregoingtoworkbecauseourtownsnotthatbigsoitstotallybikeableshesaid.Besidestheenvironmentalbenetsofreducinggreen-housegasesandtheuseoffos-silfuelsRapatisaidcyclingisalsogoodforpeopleshealthandbankaccounts.Thiseventismeanttokick-startpeopleintogettingintothehabitofbikingaroundmore.Itsnotonlygoodfortheenvi-ronmentyouarealsospend-ingwaylessmoneyatthegasstationandyourealsogettinginshapeandgettingsomesunwhichisalwaysimportantshesaid.Saturdaymarkedthesec-ondtimeEcologyNorthhashostedabikeworkshopwithfundingfromEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesbutthersttimetheTownofHayRiverhasbeenonboard.Thetownsrecreationpro-grammerEmmaHarpersaidshelikestoteamupwithothergroupstopoolresourcesforeventsespeciallythosethatprovideopportunitiesforphysi-calactivity.Imalwayslookingforeventsthatwecanrunthatarephysicallyactiveandgearedtowardsfamiliessothiseventjustseemedlikeareallynicetshesaid.WhileHayRiversuffersfromsomeofthesameprob-lemsasothersmallerNortherntownslikealackofsidewalksdisconnectedtrailsandnarrowstreetsRapatisaidgettingmorepeopleoutontheexist-ingroadandtrailsystemisagoodincentiveforthetowntobeginmoreworktoimproveitsbike-friendlyinfrastructure.Whentheresagapinthetrailitsalsoadeterrentbe-causeyoudontwanttobikethatcertainpartoftownwheretheroadnarrowsandthereslotsoftrafcshesaid.Themorepeoplethatareoutusingthetrailsystemthemoredemandthereistodevelopsomebetterbikingconditions.Harpersaidthetowncur-rentlyhasmoneyallocatedforxingupthetrailssystemandisactivelyworkingonupgradestotheTransCanadaTrail.AnnaCunninghamaself-describedbikeenthusiastdisplaysthetravelmugshewonatafreebikeworkshopheldbytheTownofHayRiver.EcologyNorthprogrammanagerKimRapatiservicesabicyclechainatafreebiketune-upworkshopoutsidethelibraryinHayRiveronSaturdayafternoon.TownofHayRiverrecreationprogrammerEmmaHarperattachesasafetybelltothehandlebarsofabikeinpreparationforthegroupfunride.DanielMauricio13cleanslastyearsmudanddirtfromhisbiketogetreadyforthetrailsatthespringbiketune-upworkshop.PhotosScottClouthier