May is National Bike Month and cities and communities across the country are celebrating in a number of ways. These events are held to encourage citizens to ride their bikes more often, and to celebrate this much-loved sport. Even if there is not an event that is local to your area, you can take part in nationwide National Bike Month celebrations!
Bike to School Day (May 9th): National Bike to School Day originated in 2012 and now 49 states and over 1000 events celebrate this special day. Schools and communities can register their events and share them on the Walk & Bike to School Website. The day encourages children to ride to school and also fosters parent and community participation with numerous bicycle and school-linked events.
National Bike to Work Day (May 18th): The League of American Bicyclists encourages everyone around the country to take part in National Bike to Work Day. This day promotes exercise, eco-friendly alternatives to driving, as well as a way to beat traffic and commutes. Their website reports that 40 percent of trips made are two miles or less, so why not take advantage of your bike, burn a few calories, and save some gas!
National Bike Challenge: From May through September, Love to Ride is sponsoring a National Bike Challenge. You can register on the site to participate and are encouraged to rally your friends to join, as well. Log your bicycle rides throughout the month and participate for prices and bragging rights.
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North Carolina BikeWalk NC: BikeWalk NC lists an insane amount of National Bike Month celebrations occurring across the state. Activities range from a Commute to Work Challenge, Tour de Fat Festival, and several Rides of Silence. These activities are in addition to numerous other activities held throughout the state of North Carolina throughout the year.
Illinois C-U Bike Month: The Champaign-Urbana community has announced that Vision Zero is the theme of this year’s bike festivities. Vision Zero is a mission to see zero deaths or serious injuries for cyclists, and promote a safe bicycling area for all. Activities range from a Mothers Day Ride, Sunset Ride, and a Bike to Worship Day, among others.
California TransForm: TransForm promotes cycling as a healthy, fun, and financially beneficial activity. Activities are occurring throughout the state, and they are eager to find both volunteers and participants. Popular activities include the Million-Mile Challenge, Commuter Convoys, and bike path cleanups.
Washington DC Capital Bikeshare: Capital Bikeshare is celebrating the month with a wide range of events. Activities include the Blessing of the Bikes, Tour de Chesapeake, and Greater Maryland Tour de Cure, among others. But don’t stop at May- there are events that are held throughout the year.
Colorado: For reasons unknown to us, Colorado celebrates Bike Month in June! They offer the Advocacy Challenge – a challenge linked with the National Bike Challenge. Groups can host a territory in their county and participate in events throughout the month. Colorado also celebrates a Winter Bike to Work Day in February.
Iowa Think Bicycles: Think Bicycles enjoys Bike Month with Iowan cyclists. Events include the Bike Shop Hop and two-day Thank Goodness It’s Spring Ride. Numerous bike rodeos are held throughout the months of April and May. In addition, the organization sponsors cycling events throughout the year.
No matter where you may live, you are certain to find a number of National Bike Month events in your area to get you riding. Whether you are a novice or a pro, young or old, hop on your bike and enjoy the outdoors while getting some exercise. Find out how you can support cycling efforts in your community by contacting your local bicycling organization.
At Kass & Moses, we are more than just bicycle crash lawyers. We are ardent supporters of the cycling movement. We believe that bicycling is more than just a hobby – it’s a way of life! Our firm brings over 25 years experience representing injured cyclists, so if you are hurt in a bicycling crash, we are the ones to contact. Reach out to us anytime for a consultation on your case, and ride safe!