May is National Bike Month!
- National Bike Month is all about promoting cycling and cycling safety.
- Save the date!
- May 9: Bike to School Day
- May 14-18: Bike to Work Week
- May 18: Bike to Work Day
- Riding a bike is a great way to get exercise. You don’t need to be dripping in sweat to get a good work out in. Light to moderate physical activity can help reduce the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, and other chronic and life-threatening illnesses (Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center).
- Help save mother nature. Transportation is responsible for almost 80% of carbon monoxide and 55% of nitrogen oxide emissions in the United States. A short, 4-mile bike ride keeps 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air we breathe (PBIC).
- According to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, about 1.5% of American workers in 2010 used bikes as their primary mode of transportation. Yes, that sounds tiny and insignificant, but it’s actually a 77% growth from 2000. Now that’s significant!
- Gas prices seem to be on the rise and we could all use some extra cash. The cost of operating a sedan for one year is about $7,800. Cost of riding a bike for a year? $120 (PBIC). Oh, just imagine what you can do with all that money you save! VA-CA-TION.
- It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Here are some safety tips from the League of American Bicyclists:
- Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop
- Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash
- Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are traveling
- Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings
- Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act
- Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns
- The Tour de France is considered to be the biggest test of endurance. All I gotta say is: Lance Armstrong is a beast. For more fun facts about bikes, check out National Geographic Kids.
- Plan a bike day with your friends! Don’t know where to go? Check out Map My Ride for bike path maps and bicycling routes.
By ALYSSA LLAMAS
Thanks for the info…time to pump up my tires!!!!