There is no shortage of bike rentals or bike trails in the Bloomington-Normal area, so it may come as no surprise that biking is one of this community’s favorite outdoor activities.
With the weather warming up, more people are getting outside and getting active, but if running or walking is not one’s thing, biking is a good alternative for both exercise and enjoyment.
“I think biking is a great exercise because it is so versatile. You can take a vigorous cycling class, a leisure ride on a path, or compete, as it is an intensive sport,” said senior exercise science major Sara Morales.
“It has everything you need … low impact because you cause minimal strain since you’re sitting, works all of the major muscle groups, brings your heart rate up fast, so it’s great for cardiovascular activity and places load and resistance on your lower body making it great for building strength and toning up.”
Some people may be a little rusty from being cooped up after a long, cold winter. Whether one is new to the exercise world or someone who hits the gym every day, young or old, biking is an activity that can be for everyone.
Not only can it be fun and good for you, but it is also good for the environment. Campus Recreation and the Student Sustainability Committee collaborated to create “Reggie Ride.” With Reggie Ride, students are able to rent bikes for free through the Rec center with valid student ID. They come fully equipped with a bike lock and solar powered bike light.
Bloomington-Normal provides a similar service known as “Bike Share 309.” Bike Share connects to the mobile application “Zagster” and anyone is able to rent a bike at a rate of $1 per 30 minutes or purchase an annual membership for $30. Bike Share offers 12 bike stations throughout the central area of Bloomington-Normal and Illinois State University’s campus including Cardinal Court, Center for Visual Arts, Nursing Laboratory, Planetarium, Schroeder Hall, Tri-Towers and Watterson Towers.
If one is looking for a fun outdoor adventure, biking is cheap, accessible, sustainable and good for health.