PROVO — Folks who want to take a bicycle ride with Mayor Lewis K. Billings can look forward to Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. when he launches Bike to Work Day.
Billings will ride from the Historic County Courthouse, 51 S. University Ave., turn north at 200 East, east at 800 North, south on 700 East, and west on Center Street, then return back to the courthouse, a trip of about three miles.
The annual celebration of National Bike Month includes both the city and Utah Transportation Authority, city spokeswoman Helen Anderson said in a statement. The event includes free food and complimentary bike tune-ups.
UTA plans to give away free bicycle helmets to the first 50 cyclists who show up, and the city plans to register residents' bicycles at no cost.
Brigham Young University is scheduled to get in the act with Cosmo, the school mascot.
Billings begins his bike ride at 8 a.m. Children must be at least 8 years old to ride with him and must be accompanied by an adult. People who want to participate without bringing a bike can borrow one from the city's Dasani Blue Bike program, which offers loaner bikes to residents. About a dozen will be available, Anderson said.
Riders should plan on wearing helmets. The event is free and open to the public.