Features & Articles : May is National Bike Month
By Andy Clarke
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. Friday, May 17 is designated as National Bike to Work Day (this date is also part of National Transportation Week), although many communities pick other dates in the month for this particular event.
In Madison, Wisconsin, a whole week (May 18-24) is set aside to promote riding to work, and California communities are organized through a statewide campaign that attracts tens of thousands of participants. You can even celebrate without getting on a bike yourself by sending someone an on-line greeting card with a cheerful "bike-to-work" message.
Great Bike to Work sites include: Madison, Wis., http://www.btww.org
San Francisco Bay area, http://www.rides.org/main
Santa Cruz, Calif., http://www.bike2work.com
Washington, DC., http://www.waba.org/new/bwd
Cities such as Chicago and Denver have developed the bike to work idea into all kinds of "bike-to…" days. The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation promotes "Shopping By Bike" while prospective riders in Denver have periodically been encouraged to bike to school, church, baseball and soccer games, museums, the zoo, festivals, and even to see the Pope during one of his visits to the United States.
National Bike Month's Flexibility
One of the great things about National Bike Month is its flexibility. The International Bicycle Fund offers a variety of event ideas and more than 40 event names to choose from.
More Great Bike Month ResourcesArticles about Bike Month activities include:
Bicycle Commuters Get Into Gear: Joining the Chain Gang
An unusual craft suggestion combined with a helmet campaign
International bike week celebrations can be found at:
Australian Capital Territory