Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle biked through the town last Friday as part of an event promoting cycling in the local community.
This bike ride was the second of its kind — in May, a similar event included town employees and community members, as well as the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition and the Clean Machine.
Lavelle said she aims to encourage cycling as a form of transportation available to local residents.
“So many of our staff members work on our goals and objectives of the town becoming more bicycle friendly,” Lavelle said. “And there’s no better way to see how to do that than to get out yourself on a bicycle and kind of see how it is to ride around town.”
Lavelle said she most appreciates seeing people rediscover the enjoyment of cycling through the events.
“I think one of my favorite parts is when someone rides who hasn’t ridden in a really long time,” she said. “And how excited they are to remember what it was like to ride a bike as a kid.”
Board of Aldermen member Bethany Chaney said she feels like the mayor lead by example through the bike ride.
“I think that Lydia gets out there and tries to demonstrate that it’s an important value that everyone can participate in,” Chaney said.
Chaney said many people in the local community actively cycle, and that the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition is actively involved in the promotion of cycling across Carrboro.