Even Doctors Ride Bikes! May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

DSC_0058wollnerDr. Timothy Wollner, a Family Medicine Physician with Little Company of Mary’s Medical Group, is a great example of a doctor who practices what he preaches. He is an avid bike rider for both exercise and as a way to be green. “To me, green choices for a cleaner environment and greener, healthier lifestyle, means doing little things like walking, riding a bike, and taking public transportation. These choices can be healthy for the individual and the community. Anything that promotes health and wellness is important to me as a Family Physician,” said Wollner.

We decided to ask him a little about his love of bike riding. Learn more below.

Why Bikes?
Biking is Fun: Biking brings people together, encourages discovery, and fosters community engagement.
Biking is Healthy: Bicycling can integrate physical activity into our daily routines.
Biking is Green: Biking curbs your carbon footprint, reduces air pollution and reliance on fossil fuels.
Biking Saves Money: Biking cuts parking, gas and other driving costs while reducing traffic congestion.

How often do you ride? Do you prefer road or mountain biking?
Occasionally I go “mountain” trail bike riding, but I love road and bike-trail riding. I wish I could ride more often. I try to incorporate bike riding into regular activities, like riding to do weekend hospital rounds, to the office sometimes, and even to house calls.

How and when did you get into biking?
I always liked having a bicycle as a kid. As a teenager I would ride from Chicago Ridge to Dan Ryan Woods for summer football practices for Leo High School. Our sophomore year, a group of guys rode to Shaffer Lake in Indiana, a hundred mile trip. As an adult I really got back to bike riding after my family did the Late Night Ride in Chicago. It is one of many very fun bike riding events the organization, Active Transportation Alliance, sponsors.

Where is your favorite place to ride in the area?
Number one, the Forest Preserve trails, because of their safety, convenience, and beauty. Second, the Chicago Lakefront and neighborhoods. My favorite rides have been from my house in Palos Park to Wrigley Field and to US Cellular Field to watch games. It is always fun to have a good destination for a bike ride.

If you are inspired by Dr. Wollner’s love of biking, he has a few suggestions for easy ways to get started with biking and everyday exercise. “There are many amazing trails and routes to explore throughout the City of Chicago and surrounding areas by walking, hiking, or bike riding. The City of Chicago is hosting a bike festival week-June 12-19th, visit their website to find out more about the week long activities.  As a physician, I wish for more people to just get out and get started, or rediscover the benefits of doing more on two feet or two wheels,” said Wollner. And he added, “Please, always wear a helmet.”

Dr. Wollner is accepting new patients, ages 0-beyond! To make an appointment, please call 708.425.9550. Dr. Wollner practices at: Little Company of Mary’s Mary Potter Pavilion, 2850 W. 95th Street, Evergreen Park, Illinois.

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