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NMSU sponsors Aggie family spring biking event

After a successful first run, the New Mexico State University Environmental Health and Safety Department invites Aggies of all ages to cycle to campus for an all-day bicycle event. A bike ride from 9:30-10:30 a.m., and an informational, hands-on event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will take place Saturday, April 25, at the Aggie Express Community Center, on the corner of Stanley Drive and Williams Avenue.

Student riding bike on I-mall
Students walk up and down the International Mall near Milton Hall. A Mountain is visible in the background. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The Aggies Family Biking Event, held in part by Eta Sigma Gamma, a public health student organization, promotes cycling safety and guidance with bike repair.

A bicycle route for children by the Safe Routes to School Program will cover about two blocks, while the student and adult slow ride will be approximately 6 miles. Maps of the routes are available on the NMSU Bicycle Facebook page.

?Cycling is healthy, fun and we want to help Aggie families enjoy themselves safely,? project coordinator Jamie Lakey said. ?It would be nice to see families participating with their children and teaching them the rules of the road.?

Aggie Transit will teach riders how to mount their bikes for effective on-campus travel.

The Las Cruces Codes Enforcement will have a bike rodeo, emphasizing how to turn and ride safely on busy streets.

Southern New Mexico Bike Educators will teach the younger riders how to fasten their helmets.

Aggie Express will be providing ice cream; there will be a DJ and poster decorating.

A bicycle donated by Angelica Chavez, a health and environment safety advocate of El Paso, will be raffled at the event. In order to qualify, participants must fill out the bike survey, which will be available on the day of the event.

To take the survey, visit http://goo.gl/Phgi6H

Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/NMSU-Bicycling/608399355942458 or http://bikes.nmsu.edu/ for more information and upcoming events.