The Point: Check out these five fun reasons to saddle up in Riverside County

Chances are, a lonely, dusty bicycle is waiting in your garage or storage unit to be cleaned up and taken outdoors for a spin. While riding a bike is good on any day, it’s even better in May because the weather is warm, birds are singing, and it’s National Bike Month.

Riding a bicycle is good for your physical and mental health. It also offers a fun alternative to driving and helps the environment by reducing greenhouse emissions. Here in Riverside County, we offer five more great reasons to hop on your bike this month:

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The Santa Ana River Trail Parking Lot at Green River Road in Corona is Open
Earlier this year, the Santa Ana River Trail parking lot at Green River Road in Corona reopened after being closed for more than a year. As part of the 91 Corridor Operations Project, the parking lot at the trailhead was repaved and restriped for cyclists who wish to park their cars to pedal their way to Orange County. Amateur and hard-core cyclists alike can start their journey on fresh pavement!

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Use Metrolink to Extend Your Bike Ride
Thinking about taking a longer trip? Metrolink is offering free fares to cyclists during Bike to Work Week, May 16 to 20. Train riders can use special bike cars to stow their equipment and have a chance to win an Aventon ebike and other goodies as part of the “Cycle SoCal” prize package. More information is available on Metrolink’s website.

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IE Commuter $5/Day Rideshare Bike Incentive
The RCTC IE Commuter program launched its $5/Day ridesharing incentive program in April. Biking to work is considered ridesharing! Start biking to work and earn $5 per day in gift card rewards for the first three months, up to $125. See the details at

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CV Link
Three segments of the CV Link pathway are open to bike riders in the Coachella Valley. The segments are located in Cathedral City, Palm Springs, and Palm Desert. The CV Link project envisions a 40-mile pathway accessible to bikes, pedestrians, and low-speed electric vehicles. Read more:

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Riverside Bicycle Club
The oldest continuous bike club west of the Mississippi, the Riverside Bicycle Club schedules rides for all levels, from rookie riders – check out the Saturday coffee cruises – to  Tour de France-hopefuls. Learn more:

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