Celebrate National Bike Month

May 15, 2009 | Cycling, May 2009

Get on a bike!

By Bonny Osterhage

This May marks 50 years since the League of American Cyclists created National Bike Month. In addition to simply encouraging people to get out and ride, the league this year is actively promoting a “people bike to work week,” May 14-18. Of course in a city the size of San Antonio, we know that it is not always possible to get to work on two wheels — but don’t let that keep you from celebrating National Bike Month anyway.

The League of American Cyclists has a pamphlet that offers 50 suggestions on ways to participate in National Bike Month that are as easy as, well, riding a bike. The pamphlet can be viewed at www.bikeleague.org. Here are just a few examples of what you will find:

1.    Join a local bicycle club.
2.    Organize a group to clean a local bike trail.
3.    Write your congressman about the importance of bicycling.
4.    Organize a neighborhood bike parade.
5.    Put on a bike rodeo at your child’s school.

No matter how you choose to celebrate this month, do it on two wheels–it’s good for you, body and soul, and great for the environment, too.

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