Get Outside for a Bike Ride!
May is National Bike Month, and it’s a good way to encourage kids to get outside and ride a bike, or maybe start learning for the first time.
In fact, Sunday May 7th is National Ride a Bike Day. This is always held on the first Sunday of May, and organizers in many communities hold events to try to get more people interested in how cycling can be both important and fun.
National Bike Month was started in 1956 and is promoted by the League of American Bicyclists. The idea is to showcase the benefits of using a bicycle and to encourage kids, or maybe even adults, to start learning how to ride.
During this month, the league is also sponsoring several events to show how riding can be essential. National Bike to Work day is May 19th. If you have a bicycle, and work is close by, you are encouraged to see if you can cycle to your job. The idea is to give people a different look at how they commute in everyday life, and if they can make more healthy decisions like biking to work.
If you are wondering how to ride a bike more often, or how to start, there are some ideas from the League of American Bicyclists.
First, start looking for bicycle friendly businesses in your community. Find some places that cater to cyclists and see what they are doing in your neighborhood. You can look online for local cycling advocacy groups, that promote bicycling and hold events all year to get people to learn more about cycling and how to get started.
Also, if you don’t have a bike, but would like to learn or get more involved, community advocacy groups will be a good resource. They can get you in contact with people who may be selling, giving away, or renting bikes to people who may not have one, but want to ride.
You can read more about Bike Month, and how to get more involved by visiting the League’s website: https://bikeleague.org/events/bike-month/