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March 2014
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
Bicycle Month Returns

When a week’s worth of events proved popular with the public, the organizers of Bicycle Week opted to expand it to Bicycle Month in 2008. Bicycle Month 2014 now includes dozens of programs and events from March 1 through 31. The purposes of this special month are to promote bicycle safety and education; to provide leisure and recreational bicycling opportunities for all ages and abilities; and to offer competitive/challenging cycling opportunities throughout Broward County within both the public and the private sectors.

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Bicycle Month 2014 is made possible by Broward County, along with Bike America, Broward B-cycle, the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, CycleMobility, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Velodrome Association, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Recyclable Bicycle Exchange, the South Florida Bicycle Coalition, and South Florida Commuter Services. Together these organizations have committed to hosting bicycle rodeos, recreational rides, bike-to-work challenges, nature bike hikes, lunchtime rides, bicycle scavenger hunts, and tandem rides for the visually impaired. Times, fees, locations, and registration requirements vary. Our Website features a calendar detailing the month’s activities.

Spring Into Good Health

The Parks and Recreation Division and the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) will bring the free program Walk With Ease back to five park sites: Plantation Heritage, Reverend Samuel Delevoe, Roosevelt Gardens, T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee), and Vista View. The program, which was first held in County parks in 2012, will get under way again from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 (the first day of spring). This evidence-based program encourages older adults to start walking for their health. Attendees at the kickoff will have an opportunity to register and learn more about the program, which this year takes the theme "Spring Into Good Health."

Through the foundation's five-year, $7.5 million initiative, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, launched in 2008, the organization is helping older adults to achieve and maintain strength. Walk With Ease was created by the Arthritis Foundation and is designed to increase physical activity for those ages 55 and up, regardless of whether they have arthritis. Participants will meet with a trained leader three times a week during this six-week session and will also receive a guidebook with chapters on health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies. At the completion of their session, walkers will receive a Walk With Ease T-shirt.<