As the days get warmer and longer, people dust off their bicycles, people gear up to spend time out in the sun.
Since 1956, National Bike Month takes over the month of May thanks to the efforts of the League of American Bicyclists. The goal is to encourage people to integrate more biking into their lives. Whether it’s a run to the corner store, a new way of handling your commute, or a fun weekend outing, biking is the way to do it.
Biking instead of driving: saves you money; you help the environment. it helps keep you fit, giving you valuable cardio to improve your health. If you haven’t given it a try, now is the perfect time to start.
Plus, bike commuting is an exploding trend. In Washington DC, there’s been a 498 percent increase of bicycle commuters between 2000 and 2013. Portland, Oregon saw 408 percent growth while Chicago, Illinois comes close to 390 percent. As you can see from that data, biking to work is an incredibly popular option, and interest is growing.
National Bike to Work Week 2018
While you don’t need to wait to start biking to work, National Bike to Work Week is a perfect reason to integrate biking into your routine.
For 2018, National Bike to Work Week takes place from May 14 to May 18.
Not ready for a whole week? How about just a day? If you want to start slow, bring your bicycle out for Bike to Work Day. It takes place on May 18.
Try a Bike Tour
Exploring a city is so much easier on a bicycle than in a car. After all, you don’t have to struggle with parking, can usually cruise down roads or sidewalks, and use paths where cars can’t go.
If you want to take a unique tour of your town, give a bike tour a try. You get to have some fun outdoors, it’s family-friendly, and you might get to see things you would otherwise miss.
Take on the National Bike Challenge
From May to September, you can take part in the National Bike Challenge for a chance to win prizes. You can log your individual rides to work your way up the leaderboard or join a team to have some fun as a group.
Earning points is easy. All you have to do is ride your bike and encourage others to get on theirs. Then, log your activity online — logging more rides increases your changes of winning a prize.
If you haven’t taken your bike out for a spin lately, National Bike Month is an ideal time to give it a go. See if members of your workplace are taking part in National Bike to Work Week, or even just the day, and plan to join them. You can also seek out bike tours in your area, take the challenge, or simply ride around your block or local park.
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