National Bike Month was established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. Each year the month of May has been dedicated to celebrating bicyclists and bike friendly communities. It is a chance for those who have already embraced cycling to revel in their love of the bike and a chance for others to give various aspects of cycling a try!
Cities throughout the Nation have been gearing up with bicycle events to be held throughout the month such as races, fun rides, and bike rodeos for kids, but the big national date that stands out in many people’s minds is Bike to Work Day.
This Year Bike to Work Day takes place on Friday, May 16th. On this day many employers encourage their staff to try out commuting by biking to work. According to the American Bike League “more than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work”. Living within five miles of Pacific Cycle, and having just started to commute I’d have to agree. Cycling has been a great way to mentally prepare and debrief from home to work and back.
Here at Pacific Cycle our month began with a bike tune-up followed by a breakfast ride to Mickies Dairy Bar this morning. Throughout the month multiple activities encourage employees of Pacific Cycle to not only try commuting to work on Bike to Work Day, but also to add cycling into their lives all seven days of the week with a weekly raffle where each day you ride is another entry to win.
Yet May Bike Month is not just for the working adults. This year, Wednesday, May 7th is the official Bike to School Day. National Bike to School Day was first started in 2012, and has since taken off exponentially! The purpose of Bike to School Day is to help support and encourage kids to try walking and biking to school. Parents, schools and the National Center for Safe Routes work together to make this day both a safe and fun experience with school day events and parent led bike trains. This year Schwinn’s initiative, Helmets on Heads is lending a hand by offering some of these schools who have taken time to plan events another incentive with the Helmet on Heads Bike Share Giveaway. In this giveaway 10 schools will be receiving a bundle of 10 bikes and 20 helmets which will be used to encourage children’s cycling and safety education at their school and in their communities. You can enter your school to win at Ride Schwinn on Facebook by simply sharing an idea for a Bike to School event.
National May Bike Month is really about the collective support and celebration of all cyclists in the United States throughout the entire year. In order to support this mind set and encourage everyone to bike the National Bike League is once again encouraging a little friendly online competition. Last year over 30,000 bicyclist contributed almost 19 million miles, this year the goal is 50,000 bicyclist to submit more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30. Visit their page National Bike Challenge to contribute!
Whether you bike to commute, for fun, speed, or competition every cyclist has a reason to get out and celebrate this May!
Get Out and Ride!