by Jaclynn LoGatto

Calling all cyclists! On Sunday, September 10, 2017, bicyclists from Otsego County and surrounding areas will participate in the inaugural "Ride On" for Complete Streets. Cyclists of all ages and levels are applicable for this multi-distance bicycle ride. The ride will take place in the Richfield Springs area, both starting and ending at the Richfield Springs High School.

Cyclists will choose between a 62, 32, 21, 13, or a 3 mile ride. Every route was created to appeal to all riders, from beginning to expert. So, all are encouraged to attend! The 21 mile ride is considered to be a "gravel grinder," so be prepared!

Check in and day of registration opens at 8:00 AM.

62 mile ride – $35 per person – Start at 9:00 AM
32 mile ride – $35 per person – Start at 10:00 AM
21 mile Gravel Grinder ride* – $35 per person – Start at 10:00 AM
13 mile ride – $35 per person – Start at 11:00 AM
3 mile “Family” ride – Free – Start at 12:00 PM

Complete Streets tries to promote healthier living by efficiently enabling different types of transportation (i.e. bicycles, walking, wheeling, public transportation) in a more comfortable and convenient fashion around different villages and counties in New York. Instead of sticking to driving a car as the main form of transportation, Complete Streets aims to provide safe and convenient access to all public places and destinations through various forms of transportation. A Complete Streets Policy assists communities in improving our air quality and promoting healthier living for both the environment and its people.

The Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates (ORCA), a committee of Otsego Outdoors, is teaming up with the NY State Department of Health's "Creating Healthy Schools and Communities" to back up and support Complete Streets efforts in Otsego County, specifically with the Richfield Springs community. What better way to celebrate healthier living than to participate in a community bike ride! Come promote healthy living and be part of the fun on September 10th!