National Bike Month
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. It's sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast.
Why get back on the bike? There are many reasons, but some include:
- Cycling can be a group activity that brings people together.
- It's great exercise and can help reduce stress.
- You can save money on gas or public transit.
- It's good for the environment.
The League of American Bicyclists has a searchable map where you can find local bike shops, cycling groups, events and more ways to get involved.
And if you can't find any local events, the league has a guide to planning a National Bike Month event in your community.
Bike to Work
One of the league's sponsored activities is Bike to Work Week. Culminating in Bike to Work Day on Friday, people are encouraged to leave their fuel-burning vehicles in the driveway and enjoy the warming weather on a bicycle to and from work instead, if possible.
According to the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the share of Americans commuting by bike has grown by 47 percent since 2000, according to the league's website. Additionally, more than half of the U.S. lives within 5 miles of their workplace.
In 2014, Bike to Work Week will be May 12-16, with Bike to Work Day on May 16.
National Bike Challenge
"It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level," according to the league's website.
In 2013, more than 30,000 riders logged almost 19 million miles in the second year of the online competition. In 2014, the group is aiming for 50,000 riders to pedal more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30.
TELL US: Do you enjoy cycling in your community? How will you celebrate National Bike Month?