Happy Bike Month! May is Bike Month according to The League of American Bicyclists. Bike Month includes Ride-to-Work week and Bike-to-Work Day. Here’s the breakdown:
- May is Bike Month
- May 17th – 21st is Bike to Work Week
- May 21st is Bike to Work Day
The League states that “Although more than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, lack of knowledge and incentive has deterred many from commuting by bike.”
I would add that an additional deterrent is that in many locations a safe route to work is unavailable. This is my current situation because of a major construction project shutting down the beautiful Fox River Trail between me and work. However, I used to bike commute to work several times a week and plan to pick it up again once the construction is completed. I was amazed how awake and ready I was to start my day I was once I arrived to work, compared to requiring a cup or two of coffee to become conscious again.
The League’s Bike Month Guide cites “A study published by the San Diego Association of Governments showed that one out of five people who participated in their Bike to Work Day promotion as first-time commuters became regular bike commuters.” A 20% retention rate!!! Imagine the congestion relief, reduction in air pollution, and improvement in overall population health if everyone at least tried it! After all, the American Cancer Society recommends 30mins of exercise 5 times a week to aid in cancer prevention. What better way to add that to your daily schedule.
So check you excuses at the door and get out and ride to work…just ride period. Dust off that bike, map out a safe route with Google Bike Maps, obey the traffic laws, put on your helmet, and above all ride safe. Beware of side effects such as feeling better, working better, saving on gas money, and having an enjoyable morning commute.
- The Amateur