Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ride Your Bike to Work Day!

Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity to get some exercise, and to save gas.

National Bike Month was started by the League. 2011 marks the 55th anniversary. The event was timed to coincide with the arrival of warmer weather. It has inspired countless bike rides, safety inspections, commuter challenges, ribbon-cuttings, "share the road" promotions, and other varied celebrations of bicycling in communities across the nation.

While I have seen signs "share the road" for both motorcycles and bicycles, seldom do I see reasonable pathways for the bikes. We as a nation are looking for alternatives for our daily commutes, yet many metro areas have come up short providing realistic alternatives.

One of the most popular activities in Bike Month is encouraging people to bicycle to work and forsake their motor vehicles for just one day. Bike to Work Week is the third week in May, and the third Friday in May is designated as National Bike to Work Day.

The League was founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880. Bicyclists, known then as "wheelmen", were challenged by rutted roads of gravel and dirt, and faced antagonism from horsemen, wagon drivers, and pedestrians.

For those who can – get out and ride your Bikes to work today – enjoy your ride!

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