As National Bike Month gets underway in May, the City of Carbondale is expanding its bike network.
For instance, the multi-use path at University Mall will be extended to Reed Station Road and a traffic study is underway to determine if bike lanes could be added between Main Street and Grand Avenue.
Carbondale's Bike Coordinator Sarah Lawrence says it's important drivers and cyclists respect each other's space.
"I've heard people say that sometimes cyclists don't pay as much attention when they're riding on the roads with motorists as they should be. When I hear that I tend to think that it's the motorists just aren't used to sharing the road with cyclists. So, I think motorists have as much responsibility to make the roads safe for cyclists as cyclists do for following the rules of the road."
Lawrence says there are a variety of events all month long to promote the benefits of bicycling. She says two new events include a movie screening and the construction of a bike trail.
"The Varsity is doing a special screening of Breaking Away. If you ride your bike, you get a half-price ticket. Touch of Nature Environmental Center is hosting a mountain bike trail building day."
The screening of Breaking Away will be May 19th at 2 p.m. and the Touch of Nature trail building day will be May 26th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For a complete list of Bike Month activities, click HERE.