How can you make cycling get even better? Make a whole month celebration of it! Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling.
Here are some important national dates for May this year:
- May 7: Bike to School Day
- May 11: Cyclofemme
- May 12-16: Bike to Work Week
- May 16: Bike to Work Day
- May 21: Ride of Silence
Aside from the joys of celebrating our two-wheeled friends, National Bike Month does more for our businesses, cities, and communities than you know. Considering that League of American Bicyclists recently announced 80 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in 29 states and Washington, D.C. These new awardees join a trendsetting group of almost 700 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 100 companies in 46 states and D.C. that are transforming the American workplace. Bicycle Friendly Businesses encourage a more bicycle-friendly atmosphere for employees and customers alike. BFBs attract and retain energized, alert and productive employees, while decreasing healthcare costs.
Also, from a business perspective, cycling ups the ante on networking. Across America, entrepreneurs and seasoned executives are sidelining a popular networking activity — golf — in favor of a different group sport. For entrepreneurs, cycling is the new golf. “Unlike golf, cycling is also a great equalizer,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “You’re the same as the person riding next to you. So it makes people more approachable. ”
So get on board with celebrating National Bike Month! Join the 2014 National Bike Challenge. The National Bike Challenge, now in its third year, is a fun, free, game-changing event that runs from May 1 to September 30. Last year, 30,000 Challenge riders from across the country logged nearly 19 million miles. The goals for the friendly, online competition remain the same: to get more Americans bicycling, whether it’s for fun, for work or for health. Users can pick from Moves, MapMyRide or Endomondo, allowing users to seamlessly synch their trips throughout the Challenge. And for much needed bike parts, cycling accessories, and maintenance tools to keep you in the game going strong, visit www.bikeparts.com.
National Bike Month starts TODAY! Let’s get riding!