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Local church hopes to make "helmet hair" a fashion trend on Sundays


An eastern Iowa church is hoping to make helmet hair a new fashion trend for Sunday worship. A new bike rack sits at Oakland Church of the Nazarene on 42nd Street NE in Cedar Rapids, just in time for Bike Month and Bike to Work Week May 13 to 17.

"Someone approached me a few months ago and asked if we'd be interested in having a bike rack, and this person was willing to donate it," said Pastor Dave King.

Pastor King said the church focuses on the whole person, and it already promotes an active and healthy lifestyle.

"We've offered a basketball program to children for quite a few years, we have sand volleyball courts, so adding a bike ministry seemed like a natural step. We have a number of families in the church who like to bike, so we figured why not make it easy for them to bike on Sunday," said King.

One congregation member taking advantage of the bike rack is Nikki Northrop Davidson.

"I hope people see it as a way to get healthy maybe come with your family and protect the environment, but mostly I ride a bike because it gives me a sense of freedom and it's fun," said Nikki Northrop Davidson.

Northrop Davidson said "looking nice" for Sunday church shouldn't discourage someone from riding a bike. She bring dress shoes and often an extra shirt in a small pack on her bike.

Pastor King said appearing at church is more important than your appearance.

"Make sure your tires are properly inflated, but don't worry about proper attire when you come to Oakland. Helmet hair is welcome here," said Pastor King.

Both Pastor King and Northrop Davidson hope the bike rack encourages people to bike to church, and that it gives people who are out biking on Sundays an incentive to stop by for church.

"So if you are out biking on a Sunday morning, very easy to just come in, sit down, take in a service," said Nikki Northrop Davidson.

Northrop Davidson said knowing she has a secure place to put her bike is even more motivation for her to use a bike pedal on Sundays instead of a gas pedal.

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