Starting in 1956, The League of American Bicyclists established National Bike Month for the month of May to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more non-bikers to give it a try. More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work.
Many cities across the U.S. are getting involved and encouraging commuters to bike this National Bike to Work Day.
The city of Washington D.C. will have 79 pit stops where you can receive refreshments. a free t-shirt and enter a raffle to win a free bicycle.
Chattanooga‘s bike sharing system, Bike Chattanooga, is offering complimentary 24-hour access passes for trips of 60 minutes or less. Chattanooga will also host a morning event with free coffee, breakfast and entertainment.
Norman, Oklahoma will host morning group rides, along with a lunchtime celebration with food trucks, a “safety jam” to educate kids and adults about bike safety, and plenty of giveaways.
San Diego will have multiple pit stops with free bike repairs, bike tune-ups, entertainment and breakfast. One pit stop will be hosted by the San Diego Zoo and will include animal interactions, costumed characters and complimentary chair massages for riders.
Baltimore will offer free coffee, bagels and giveaways at 33 morning pit stops.
Several other cities, individuals, and groups will host group rides and other celebrations. Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff will host a group 17-mile ride through downtown Atlanta. His goal is to raise awareness for better biking in Atlanta, while highlighting some of the city’s best bike friendly areas.
Because of The League of American Bicyclists and their efforts, the amount of people biking has grown significantly.
Is your city participating in National Bike to Work Day? Is your office? Are you as an individual? Comment and let us know how you are celebrating!