Bike Month 2013

by Bike Charlottesville on May 4, 2013

National Bike MonthNational Bike Month is officially here! With longer days, May is a perfect time to recognize bicycling for the multitude of benefits it provides – improving our health, economy, and environment. Or maybe just because it’s an easy, inexpensive way to get from here to there. Here are three ways to make the most of this year’s National Bike Month:

1) Go for a type of bike ride that you normally wouldn’t. If you’re a road rider, try a mountain bike ride. If you’ve never ridden your bike to work, give bike commuting a shot. And if the ride to work isn’t something you’re ready to tackle, ride your bike to run an errand you would normally do by car or transit, even if it’s just a trip to the coffee shop or ice cream parlor. Remember—forty percent of trips Americans take are two miles or less, an easy bicycling distance.

2) Double The Wheels. Introduce one other person to bicycling. Help someone find a bike and go for a fun ride. Bicycling is a pretty amazing thing, right? Why not encourage someone else to discover the activity that brings you so much happiness.

3) Participate in some of the Bike Month events. Maybe volunteer at one if you can.

LOCAL & REGIONAL EVENTS (more details added as they are confirmed)

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL EVENTS:

This May and this summer should be an amazing time for bicycling in America. An increasing percentage of our national leaders recognize bicycling as a simple solution for transportation challenges, jobs and economic development, and health and obesity issues. Communities like Charlottesville are investing in bike lanes and paths more than ever, helping bicycling to become safer and stress-free. We encourage you to take advantage of these new places to ride by participating in National Bike Month!

Happy riding!

Humble thanks to the People For Bikes crew for use of some of their well-crafted text.

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