Commuting to work via bike is good for you and for the environment, but you may wonder what are the safest routes? Life is a Cycle will show Rapid City residents how to cycle safely on Saturday.

The event, brought by My City Bikes, is a group bike ride that teaches the need-to-know essentials of biking for transportation. Proceeds are donated to the American Heart Association.

"It really started with research," said Sara Villalobas, spokesperson. "Three-quarters of people report that the main reason they don't bike regularly is that they don't know where to ride safely, so this would give people hands-on experience and give them an opportunity to be more comfortable."

The event is one of many happening across the country from May 1 to May 29 as a part of National Bike Month, with Rapid City's route starting at Founders Park and running through Canyon Lake Drive, Sheridan Lake Road and on to Jackson Boulevard.

"Rapid City has a lot of really amazing bike paths, but it also has great bike infrastructure," Villalobos said. "A lot of residential areas aren't official bike routes, but traffic tends to be lighter and slower so it's a great way to commute."

The event will promote biking to work or school as a regular activity for adults.

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"It can be something that really lets you have a nice outdoor experience before and after your workday," Villalobos said. "It gets you in the zone for work, it's a great way to wind down after, and when you go home your workout is finished."

Best of all, the event will encourage healthy activity. Biking 2 to 3 times a week can significantly reduce heart disease, save a pound of air pollution and save 48 cents per mile, or $24 a week on average.

"You can reduce all of this simply by getting on a bike a few times a week," Villalobos said. "It's a pretty amazing benefit when you add it up."

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