May is National Bike Month and May 15, 2015 is National Bike to Work Day.
National Bike Month was started in 1956 as an opportunity to show people the benefits of cycling and to convince them to give it a try. Nearly 60 years later, The League of American Bicyclists is still organizing events throughout May, because introducing more people to cycling has become even more important.
Biking is at a pivotal point—most city biking programs are in their early stages, biking infrastructure has improved but still needs a lot of work and global warming is an issue getting increasing amounts of attention. The best way to improve cycling in the U.S. is to make more people into passionate riders—increasing the amount of bike commuters is the best way to do that.
That’s why The League of American Cyclists called National Bike to Work Day “the biggest day of the month.” According to their website, the number of bike commuters is steadily growing.
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. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.
The League and organizers around the U.S. are working to make that number even higher and today is their best opportunity. In 2010, 43 of the 51 largest U.S. cities hosted Bike to Work Day events and in 2015 events seem to be growing in both size and attendance.
Check out the events going on in your area and find out more information about bike commuting on The League of American Bicyclists’ website.