May is National Bike Month in the US so it’s the perfect time to quit procrastinating and start that biking regimen you’ve been planning since the New Year. Start biking to work, take a leisurely family ride in the evenings, or join a local event during May to get going.
Started in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, an organization that dates to 1880, Bike Month aims to promote the benefits of biking, for the health of the riders and the health of the planet. According to the league, more than half of the US population lives within 5 miles of their workplace. That means lots of short drives contributing the air pollution that could all be eliminated by bike commuting. Between 2000 and 2013 the league reports an increase in bike commuters by 62 percent, so the movement has been gaining momentum.
In honor of Bike Month, many locations organize events to encourage residents to get out and ride. Bike to Work Week is May 11-15, with the official Bike to Work Day on May 15. Other events include Bike to School Day and a special event on Mother’s Day celebrating female cyclists. Although not officially part of Bike Month, climate rides are another great way to join in the biking community and raise awareness for environmental issues. If you’re in the Northern California area your climate ride happens to occur May 17-21! Everyone else should be sure to visit ClimateRide.org to find out when your local ride takes place.
The benefits of biking cannot be overstated. From lower commuting costs, to improved physical health and wellbeing, to the reduction in pollution from cars, biking to work, to run errands or just for fun will have an immediate and noticeable impact for you and the world around you.
To find local events or ideas for organizing your own events, visit bikeleague.org.
Now get out there and start pedaling!