As you may have noticed already, May is indeed officially National Bike Month, organized by the good folks with the League of American Bicyclists. Now I know what you’re saying; if you’re reading this blog, plus the guys (and gals) at the bike shop know you on a first name basis, you’re already riding your bike plenty, so what’s the big deal about a special bike month! You ride at lunch (if you’re lucky like us here), you ride after or before work, and you definitely get out for a ride or race on the weekend. Maybe you already ride to work or on trips to the store.
So what makes National Bike Month special? It’s easy… you!
That’s right, this is your chance to get out there and get new folks involved in cycling and bike commuting. Check out the National Bike Month events page to find special bike commuting or bike month activities in your area and invite a non-riding friend along. Organize and volunteer to lead bike commuting to your office for Bike-to-Work Week May 17-21 or Bike-to-Work Day Friday May 21 (try out the “Bicycling” option in Google Maps for route planning or ask for route ideas at your local bike shop). Here at Performance we make things interesting by fostering a little inter-departmental bike-commuting competition, which is settled with a complicated formula that factors in distance and team participation (and is almost always won by accounting, but they are good with numbers after all).
Need some more help? Check out our Bike Month page for commuting tips you can share and handy factoids about the benefits of cycling. Plus you should set goals for yourself as well. Say that you’re going to ride to work 3 times a week for the month or not get in a car for trips under 2 miles, and then follow through! You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get into your new routine.
National Bike Month is about sharing your passion for cycling with others, and making a commitment to ride more, for your health and for the planet’s. Just think, the more cyclists there are out there, the more awareness there will be for cycling issues and safety. So get out there and ride, and bring a non-cycling friend along too. Soon enough they’ll be addicted to riding too! Hope to see you on the road (or the trails).