Biking interest grows in Bismarck

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BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – People across the country took to the roads and trails to bike to work on Friday. As part of National Bike to Work Day, they get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

Cycling to work isn’t always a daily routine.

“Many years ago I would cycle to work when we lived in the south side town. I used to cycle to work on some of the construction jobs I had when they were nearby,” said Bismarck resident Allan Stanek.

For many, the weather plays a role.

“I need 57 degrees or more to be able to pedal outside. I have rules for outdoors in North Dakota,” said 701 Cycle and Sport employee Jairo Ramos.

Yet many have risen to the challenge.

“It was wet, cold and windy, but worth it,” said DJ Kramer, general manager of 701 Cycle and Sport.

Joel Crane from Your News Leader also joined in, saying the journey was only 5 minutes longer than his journey to the station.

At 701 Cycle and Sport, they repair bikes because the demand has increased.

“Generally, and every time we have that first burst of sunshine and vitamin D gets into people’s bloodstream, people get excited about going cycling again, so it’s already picked up,” said said Kramer.

Kramer says they’ve also seen increased interest in e-bikes.

“Almost every day, it seems, I have someone here asking about e-bikes. It makes that big distance in town that we have for some people a lot more manageable. You go a lot faster from point A to point B, and you don’t have to put as much energy and effort into it, so you don’t sweat as much,” Kramer said.

And as gas prices rise, some expect an increase in alternative modes of travel like bicycles or scooters.

“It’s a great option, a great idea to save money, jump on your bike. It’s fun, you look fresh,” Kramer said.

There are over 100 miles of paved trails in Bismarck and Mandan and plenty of single track options.

If you’re hitting the road, cycling safety tips like obeying traffic laws, wearing a helmet, and riding in traffic are available on the City of Bismarck website.

The next bike race with 701 Cycle and Sport is the Otter-Creek Mountain Bike Race on June 11 in Harmon Lake.

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