NATIONAL BIKE WEEK: MAY 13-17

NATIONAL BIKE WEEK: MAY 13 17

The bicycle is a simple solution
to some of the world’s most complicated problems.
~Author Unknown

May 13th marks the beginning of National Bike Week. It’s the time to get outdoors, get some exercise, and trade in gas for something greener! Besides the fun and fellowship of other cyclists, here are a few of the many benefits to getting your bike in gear.

Get Healthy

Bicycling helps reduce the chances of obesity and diabetes, as well as high blood pressure, and improves overall cardio-vascular fitness. It doesn’t take much to help maintain good health, either—only 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise. Not to mention, it can help reduce health care costs in the long term as well.

No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.
~Author Unknown

With most children driven to school by bus or car and a lack of exercise in their daily regimen, bicycling is a great way for kids to get fit everyday. Just make sure they have locks and cables to keep their bikes safe.

Go Green

 Auto emissions are the largest contributor to U.S. air pollution, with shorter rides as the main culprit. Help save Mother Earth and go green by biking that route instead. The money you save on gas can really add up nicely for any rainy days ahead.

 Bike Buddies

Nothing beats peddling with a pal! Cycling with a friend has several advantages: You motivate each other, take breaks together, and keep track of your mileage together. Simply put, biking is more fun with a buddy!

 Re-Cycling Moms: Tikes and Bikes

With parents doing housework and childcare duties in a more eco-friendly manner, many are adapting biking set-ups to cover their daily routines with their kids. Child seats for bicycles are a great way to do just that. Don’t forget bike helmets for everyone on board! Visit your local bike shop to find the most comfortable, safe seat and helmet for you and your little ones. You’ll be taking care of your family as well as the environment.

 Bike-to-Work Day

Bike-to-Work Day is Friday, May 17. As motivated employees embark on their bike routes to work, here are a few things they should keep in mind:

  • Biking to work improves company morale
  • It saves on gas—the Earth and your wallet will thank you!
  • It helps foster teamwork
  • Employees who bike to work are healthier physically and mentally, more alert, and more productive, and use fewer sick days.
  • Bikes are easier to store and can maneuver around traffic. Just stay safe for yourself and those around you!

Be sure to check out the following guide for other awesome biking ideas, too!

 Links:

 Re-Cycling Moms: Tikes and Bikes: http://blog.bikeleague.org/blog/2013/04/women-bike-webinar-getting-more-moms-and-families-on-bikes/

Bike-to-Work Day: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/

Guidehttp://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/pdf/national_bike_month_guide.pdf

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