Ready to Ride: Parks and Rec to host Pedal in the Park

Morristown Parks and Recreation will be hosting Pedal in the Park at Frank Lorino Park on April 24 at 10 a.m. to promote bicycling in the community.

Spring has sprung and people are pedaling.

Morristown Parks and Recreation will be hosting Pedal in the Park at Frank Lorino Park on April 24 at 10 a.m. to promote bicycling in the community.

Jennifer Gentry, program coordinator for Parks and Rec, said the free event is being held to encourage bicycling as a healthy, family friendly activity that has plenty of support and opportunities in the area.

“We’re wanting everyone to get out and learn about biking,” she said “We want it to be a family adventure.”

Gentry reports several groups in the area will be present to educate and help.

Race Morristown BMX will be there to introduce riders of all ages to BMX riding and the pump track at the park. A pump track is a small dirt track that serves as an introduction and practice environment for off pavement riding.

Michael Matarazzo, president and track operator of Race Morristown BMX, said they are excited to promote biking and BMX racing in the community.

“We’re going to have some of our experts doing demonstrations at the pump track,” he said.

Matarazzo reports they plan to kick off their season at the BMX track at the park after Pedal in the Park and invited anyone interested in the sport to stay for the event.

Five Rivers Mountain Bike Club will be at the event to promote and demonstrate mountain biking.

The Morristown Police Department will bet there to teach about road safety.

Wheel Sports, a bicycle shop in Greeneville, will be on hand to educate riders about maintenance and repair of their bicycles.

There will be a group ride in the park in addition to the demonstrations. Gentry said riders should bring their helmets and other protective gear.

“We encourage you to bring your safety equipment,” she said. “We’ll have groups that can check it out.”