American Bike Month

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May is American Bike Month, compliments of the League of American Bicyclists, the national sponsor of Bike Month and this year’s Bike to Work Week─May 16-20. There is even a Bike to Work Day: Friday, May 20. For 55 years, National Bike Month has been the perfect time for new─or returning─riders to get back on the saddle and cycle to work. Bike Month stresses not only cycling but above all, safe cycling.

How can you get involved? That could be as simple as getting on your bike, though some communities lend themselves to safe cycling more than others. Here’s a list of the top 10 bike-friendly US cities:

  1. Davis, California
  2. Boulder, Colorado
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Corvallis, Oregon
  5. Jackson, Wyoming
  6. Fort Collins, Colorado
  7. Madison, Wisconsin
  8. Palo Alto, California
  9. San Francisco, California
  10. Seattle, Washington

Each of these cities were rated based on how well they are engineered for bicycle use, the amount of encouragement given to cycling, the extent of bicycle safety/awareness education, and the effectiveness of bicycle-related law enforcement. Wherever you live, you can probably manage to get your bike on, especially with these 5 smart reasons to motivate you, inspired by www.justlivegreener.com

Health

Riding a bicycle is a great way to get and stay fit. Riding for an hour can burn 400-700 calories with moderate effort, while also promoting better cardiovascular fitness, strength, endurance, stamina, and flexibility.

Conservation

Bicycles are ultra green in that they don’t require any gas, motor oil, or brake fluid. And they’re far easier and cheaper to manufacture than any other vehicle.

Better Air Quality

As you know, cars create tremendous air pollution causing over half the carbon monoxide and over a third of the nitrogen oxides in our atmosphere. Bicycles are a clean, green alternative.

Saving Money

Opting to bike versus drive a car is highly cost-effective, especially with rising gas prices. And improving your fitness while you ride is an invaluable bonus.

Convenience

If you normally rely on public transportation, you’ll appreciate the flexibility afforded by cycling. Bikes also usually let you get much closer to your destination than many car parking lots allow.

And don’t worry about losing that polished edge if you’re a professional. Your clients and/or patients will greatly admire─and likely applaud─your efforts. Get fit, live green, and saddle up!

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