Mayor Schmitz Encourages Dothan to "Ride for Fitness"

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

May is bike month and the city of Dothan has a new way to recognize it. For the past year, Dothan Leisure Services has been working on a new bike and walking trail. As news 4's Rhiana Huckins tells us about an event scheduled for next month that'll have you "cranking."

"They all love to bike" says Dothan Leisure Service’s Kim Meeker after speaking to a group of local kids.

Bicycling is enjoyed by many people in Dothan including Mayor Mike Schmitz- who once rode his bike all the way across the U.S. and back

"4 of us from Dothan rode across country- 3,000 miles in 45 days to raise money for the The Wiregrass Children's Home so it was a lot of work- it was difficult but we are proud. We raised 100 thousand dollars" says Mayor Schmitz.

Now he is not only using bicycling to promote charity- but for health, which is why he came up with "Mayor's ride for fitness"- a program all locals are invited to participate in.

"It is an easy way for folks like me who are getting older and we don't want to hurt our knees and we now have a safe place where we can ride so we don't have to ride on the streets"

City manager Mike West is also on board.

As an avid biker, West wants adults and children to enjoy the new bike trail at Westgate Park.

"This is another quality of life issue- something that makes Dothan unique and special and I would like to encourage everyone to come out and give this a try. If you don't want to ride a bike, walk" says West.

City officials are asking participants to wear helmets and if you do not have one, show up early the day of the event-there will be a limited amount of helmets loaned out.

Following the ride, a fitness fair will take place with vendors, food, and fun.

Participants are asked to meet at Gilbert Field at Westgate on may 22nd at 9 a-m.

City officials also encourage residents to participate in "National ride your bike to work day" which is Friday May 21st.

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