National Bike-To-Work Week This Month

Staff Writer
If you've ever needed a reason to commute by bike, now is your time to shine

In case you haven't heard, May is National Bike Month, and while it encourages folks to ride their bike to work every day, the League of American Bicyclists has officially designated the week of May 14 to 18 as the week to ride your bike to work. Can't make it happen? Friday May 18 is "Ride to work Day," and unless you work for a heartless government bureaucracy that doesn't embrace casual Fridays, you're left with very little excuse to not commute to work on two wheels.

Between 2000 and 2010, bicycle commuting was up 39 percent nationally, and more than 60 percent in the country's 70 largest cities. Yes, there are plenty of obstacles to commuting, but in the last few years, even the megalopolis of New York City has gotten onboard by putting in hundreds of miles of new bike lanes to make cycling safer. Across the country, San Francisco is making biking more accessible with a Bike Share program that has proven to be a wild success, even though nobody thought it would work.

Find a National Bike Month event in your area through the League of American Bicyclists activities page, and if it's been a while since you navigated city traffic, brush up on the rule of the road for bicyclists.

The staff of The Active Times tested out a slew of folding bikes—models from Brompton, Dahon, Tern, Montague and Pacific—and came back with a full report. Check out Tested: Five Collapsible Commuter Bikes.