HealthWatch: Open Streets biking


Green Bay (WFRV) Biking and walking are good ways to stay healthy and spend time with family and friends.

One upcoming event has families hitting the streets and they don’t have to worry about traffic.

Bikes have to share the road with vehicles and sometimes that can be dangerous, “Biking on the roads can be somewhat of an intimidator for people,” said Nick Olsen, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine.

But on July 15th a section of downtown will be  closed off to traffic and opened up to fun, healthy transportation alternatives for Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay, “A family friendly event it’s where we close the streets down to automobile traffic and we open them up to people just coming out using the streets without that worry so you can ride,” explained Olsen.

Randy Bailey, owner of Stadium Bike, helped bring the event to Green Bay, “It’s a very cool way to get people out on the streets riding bikes, walking, roller blading,” said Bailey.

The route winds through several streets around downtown and offers six healthy activity zones designed to get you active with safety a top priority, “So the Wisconsin Bike Federation and BayCare Clinic will be at the Rock and Roll Zone. BayCare Clinic will give away free bike helmets to youth all the way up through adults and the Wisconsin Bike Federation will work with our participants who are on bikes to teach them how to ride safely,” explained Olsen.

Stadium bike will offer free bike tune-ups, “We’re gong to make sure the tires are pumped up. the chains lubricated. its safe, everything is tight on the bike. Those are things were going to check for the riders that are coming down to the event so they have a safe experience,” said Bailey.

And if you are riding a bike make sure your helmet is fitted properly. It should sit flat on your head and you need to tighten the straps and the retention system in back, “It’s down low can you fit two fingers underneath the chin strap? So thats a good length on the chin. Another test we do to make sure its not too tight can you get your pinky finger on the side there? A little bit of space there,” said Bailey.

Plus you’ll want to stop at the hub on the Main Street Bridge to pick up your passport and get it stamped at all six zones, “If you fill up your passport and you get six out of six signatures meaning you went to all the zones you get an extra entry into our free bike giveaway and also you get a free t-shirt, we’re giving free t-shirts to everybody who goes to five out of our six zones,” explained Olsen.

Open Streets also offers music, food and free fitness classes on the Main Street Bridge- yoga and boot camp.

Open Streets is Saturday, July 15th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m,. and is free.

To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email

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