Spring is always the best time to get back on the bike. Winter weather has, mostly, subsided in favor of warmer temps and blossoming flowers. People are exchanging their bulky cold weather gear for lighter weight, cute skimpy numbers – which dramatically improves the people-watching quotient. And besides, the League of American Bicyclists has made it official; May is Bike Month.
National Bike-to-Work Week is fast approaching – May 12th to 16th. The time is now to lube your chain, check the tires, and get a little saddle time. The week culminates with Bike-to-Work Day on May 16th and almost every state in the union is supporting the endeavor.
My adopted hometown of Albuquerque is using free food to entice would-be cyclists, combined with free reflective velcro pant-leg straps (great for keeping slacks out of drivetrains) and lights. The Bay Area will feature “energizer stations”offering free tote bags with treats to commuters as well as a raffle for a free bike. Check the special events page for specific information on your area.
Here are some really impressive incentives to saddle up more regularly, from Bay Area Bikes / 511.org:
Why Bike to Work?
It’s Healthy! Did you know that on average, a person weighing 175lb, burns 1160 calories pedaling 20 miles at a speed of 15 mph? Check out our Bike Calculator to find out you can improve your health, burning calories biking!
It’s Economical! Did you know that if you drove an SUV and lived 5 miles from work, you would save $346.32 a year by biking to work one day a week? Check out our Bike Calculator to find out how much you can save by biking to work!
It’s Environmentally Friendly! Did you know that if you drove a Toyota Camry and lived 9 miles from work, you would reduce emissions pollutants by 908 lbs year by biking one day a week? Check out our Bike Calculator to find out how much you can save the environment by riding your bike to work!
With all of the various calendar-themed initiatives, it’s a little hard to focus. National Train Day, Bike to Work Month… and wasn’t it just admin assistant day and Mother’s Day? Maybe we can combine priorities and invite the office admin along with our moms for a bike/train trip in Toronto or Europe?
- Get on Your Bike and Ride: Commuting Tips
- More Dangerous to NOT Ride a Bike
- MTA Helps Commuters to Bike-and-Ride
- Ride a Bike, Live Longer
- Obama Celebrates Nomination with Bike Ride