May is National Bike Month! As Spring is in the air and summer will be here before we know it, National Bike Month is a chance to highlight the many benefits of bicycling and encourage people to get on their bikes! It is a great opportunity to remember that biking is a means of transportation, recreation, and exercise, but can also be very dangerous.
According to the League of American Bicyclists, May is when the National Bike Challenge kicks off and continues until September. Bike to Work Day is on Friday, May 21, 2021. Consider that 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling an easy way to get around from grabbing a cup of coffee to getting to work. In fact, the data shows more and more people are commuting by bicycle.
And while the benefits to our health and environment of bicycling are tremendous, it is important to remember bicycle safety and the dangers of bicycle accidents – the proportion of all bicycle traffic fatalities has increased in recent years. Since 2014, bicycle fatalities rates per capita and per bicycle commuter have both increased.
What Can You Do to Get Involved?
Here are our recommendations:
Ride Safely: Always wear a helmet, keep your clothes bright and colorful, and be aware of your surroundings.
Get Involved: During National Bike Month, many organizations sponsor events, like giving out helmets and Bike to Work Days. You can participate in events and even plan your own event.
Resources: Each year, Bike Month celebrations grow with social media, community events, and web materials- take advantage of resources that national sponsors provide, like the League of American Bicyclists.
At Rob Levine and Associates, we champion all our friends and family to participate in National Bike Month – whether you or a loved one rides, we encourage everyone to do so safely and contact us if you are involved in a bicycle accident.