Norwin Lions' bicycle club sets inaugural ride for next week
By Brad Pedersen
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Norwin Lions Club members hope their bicycle club encourage a healthy lifestyle and helps others.
The bicycle club, which will take rides at least twice a year, allows cyclists to collect pledges and donations for the Norwin Lions Club's charitable and community-based programs, while riding local bike trails, according to organizer Otis DiCerbo.
“We're always looking for recreation-based things to do in the community,” DiCerbo said. “The benefit of our bicycle club is it gets people out and exercising, while making donations to the community.”
The club plans to take its inaugural ride at 9 a.m. April 27 along the Yough River Rail Trail in Sutersville, organizer Megan Schaffer said.
She said she expects the bicycle club would go on at least two rides per year along bike-friendly trails and locations, such as the Great Allegheny Passage, which runs from McKeesport through Pittsburgh and concludes in Cumberland, Md.
“We want to find trails where cyclists can ride as far as they want, whether it be two or three miles, or 50 miles,” Schaffer said. “Usually, these trails are a safe place and not too difficult to ride.”
Collecting pledges is optional, DiCerbo said.
“It's not mandatory, but we came up with the idea of collecting pledges because we wanted to work for a good cause,” DiCerbo said. “We always want to help our community — it's our mission — and we saw this as another way to help, while having fun.”
The pledges, which either could be a flat donation or based upon how many miles each cyclist rides, would benefit the Norwin Reality Tour, an anti-drug program; the Backpack Project, which supplies underprivileged children with food for the weekend; or other initiatives, DiCerbo said.
DiCerbo said cyclists of all ages can participate in the club, as long as younger riders come with their parents or a guardian.
“This is really a great program because it's promoting fitness and a healthy lifestyle and encourages good family values by including kids and their families, while enjoying some great trails,” DiCerbo said.
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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