“I ride my bike everywhere in all kinds of weather,” noted Laura Megeath, Ph.D., of Lourdes University. “I really like being able to be in touch with nature and be out of doors. I also like doing my part to not pollute the earth any more than I have to, especially as we are about to celebrate Earth Day,” she said.
Megeath’s philosophy is shared by her family. Her husband, Tom, a University of Toledo professor of physics and astronomy, takes advantage of the University Bike Trail and pedals to work on a daily basis. Her two children also chose to ride their bikes whenever possible“I know many of the back ways and I find that I can get to work at Lourdes University in about the same amount of time that it would take me to drive. I am getting a workout while I’m going about my daily activities,” she said. I also have a small trailer that I attach to my bike when I do my grocery shopping. I have a basket to carry smaller items on the front of my bike and I always have my bike bag with rain gear and other necessary items.”
Megeath is pleased to find that the city of Sylvania is making strides to accommodate bicyclists and has installed two bike racks on Main Street. There are also bike racks at the Sylvania Library, Sylvania Police Station and the Sylvania Courthouse.“If there are no racks, we cyclists have to make do and look for a tree or a signpost to which we can lock our bikes,” she noted.“When there is not a viable location, I look for something that is safe and out of the way where I can lock my bike while being respectful of other people’s property,” she reported.
Megeath is also encouraged to see so many positive signs relating to cycling. She cited the organization We Are Traffic as one making a big impact by raising awareness of cycling, identifying bicycle parking options and bicycle-friendly locations, and offering cycling classes for children and adults. “The May Red Bird Art Walk theme is cycling in commemoration of May Bike Month. There is also an effort to expand the bike trails in the area, and there will be even more emphasis on cycling since Spoke Life Cycles moved to Monroe Street in the River Crossing Center,” she said.
Megeath also credits the emergence of local biking groups,such as the Sylvania Slow Riders with increasing popularity of family ridership. She said that Sylvania City Council members Katie Cappellini and Jason Mishka have been responsible for bringing the Sylvania Cycling Classic to downtown Sylvania and incorporating cycling into the Maple and Main Art Show. “It is really exciting to see all of these different elements come together for the benefit of cycling,” she stated.