May is National Bike Month
Get out of your car and onto your pedals for Bike Month, Bike to Work Week or Bike to School Day.
People ride bikes for many reasons. Whether you bike to work or school, seek the thrill of dirt, mud, rocks and mountains on two wheels, enjoy the physical challenge of racing or just long rides on the road, celebrate May as National Bike Month and get your friends and family out of their cars and pedaling.
And as if an entire month dedicated to biking weren't enough to motivate you, Bike to Work Week happens to fall on the work week of Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18—with Friday, officially the annual National Bike to Work Day. So whether you’re environmentally conscious or just love the exercise, biking to work is a great way to avoid commuter traffic, stay in shape and save some bucks on gas.
The League of American Bicyclists started National Bike to Work Day and they also promote Bike Month. Since its very beginnings, 50 years ago, countless communities, cities and states have jumped on board and sparked annual events to uphold the tradition.
According to the League of American Bicyclists, more than half the U.S. population lives within 5 miles of their workplace but many still don’t commute by bike—city-sponsored events help educate and facilitate the public to do so.
Now, the League has partnered with the National Center for Safe Routes to School to organize the first-ever National Bike to School Day on May 9. After all, riding your bike to school has always been way more fun than buckling up and having mom drop you off.
It doesn’t matter how you decide to participate; just jump on a bike and go. It’s fun, healthy and green.