National Bike to Work Week is from May 15 to May 19, 2017, with National Bike to Work Day occurring on Friday, May 19, 2017. Cities across the country will be hosting events to celebrate the week while they vie for greatest participation numbers. In 2010, the City of Denver reported an amazing one out of 28 adults participating in their Bike to Work week.
Although National Bike to Work Week is just one week of the year, it often marks the beginning of bicycle commutes for a variety of workers. What begins as a celebration of the holiday often extends beyond as commuters realize the many benefits of bicycle commuting. Many commuters find that riding their bike in to work improves their mood, incorporates physical activity into their schedule, and helps them feel alert and ready for the work day (like a big caffeine boost without the stop at Starbucks!).
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Making the switch to bicycle commuting provides additional benefits. Cyclists report that the added exercise has a positive influence on diet and health goals. As our nation faces a growing obesity crisis, this is more important than ever. And bicycle commuters also exert a positive influence on their peers, as well as their children. By showing the benefits of bicycle commuting, through National Bike to Work Week and beyond, cyclists encourage others to take advantage of this healthy method of transportation.
Biking to work also helps reduce costs associated with transportation. Bicycle commuters eliminate fuel costs and, by incorporating exercise into their daily commute, reduce the need for additional time for exercise. Cyclists get their blood pumping, boost their metabolism, and, based on data from recent studies, reduce the risk of developing heart disease and some cancers.
How to Celebrate National Bike to Work Week
- Bike to work! Of course, this is the simplest way to celebrate!
- Encourage your office mates and peers to bike to work as well by organizing a bike-pool.
- Print out information about National Bike to Work Week and place it in your workplace and throughout your community.
- Share the benefits of bicycle commuting with your friends and loved ones.
- Post on social media using the hashtag #BikeToWorkDay.
- Organize and participate in National Bike to Work Week events in your city.
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However you choose to celebrate Bike to Work Week, let it be the kick off to a future of bicycle commuting. Between the health benefits and the impact on your wallet, bicycle commuting can’t be beat. Ride safely, and if you are involved in a bicycle crash, contact an experienced bicycle crash attorney at Kass & Moses.