NATIONAL BIKE MONTH: Building Momentum

Get ready for Bike Month this May!

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities all over the United States. National Bike Month was established in 1956 as a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

Each year, National Bike Month grows in momentum and offers more ways to celebrate, ranging from commuting challenges to biking adventures.  The momentum is building: With growing cultural awareness around health and wellness, sustainability and economic savings, bicycling is being seen by new and broader audiences as a simple solution to many complex problems, from reducing obesity rates to increasing mobility options according to The League in their article What’s Your Reason to Ride?

Prepare for National Bike Month with our Educational Videos:

Pittsburgh Bike to Work Day: May 17

Join the movement that started it all. Encouraging bikers across the country to get more exercise, produce fewer fumes and save on gas and frustration by beating the daily commuting traffic, Bike Pittsburgh planned a big celebration for Bike to Work Day on May 17th.

Join BikePGH, Healthy Ride, The University of Pittsburgh and our community partners at a Commuter Cafe from 7-10AM! We’ll be downtown in Market Square and in Oakland at Schenley Plaza. We’ll have breakfast snacks, coffee and friendly faces to get your day moving.

RECEIVE A FREE GIFT

BikePGH Members will receive a free gift when they show up at a Commuter Café on Bike to Work Day. Join today to secure your membership card and receive all of the great benefits of being a member.

Prepare for Bike to Work Day:

GET YOUR BUSINESS INVOLVED

BikePGH works with local employers to turn this into a supportive day to celebrate biking & encourage new transportation habits. Check out our Employee Wellness Offerings and contact business@bikepgh.org to learn more about how your business can get involved.


Additional Bike Month Events

U.S.: National Bike Challenge – May 1st – September 30th

The 2019 National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event that unities thousands of new and existing bicyclists across the country in friendly competition designed to celebrate and encourage biking.  Love to Ride and the League of American Bicyclists pulled together to present the National Bike Challenge.

From May 1st – September 30th, registered individuals and social teams can compete for free throughout the challenge for top spots on the NBC leaderboard.  Join teams up to eight members can earn a point for each mile they ride. Also, people can gain 20 points for each day they get out and ride. Throughout this challenge, teams can view the leadership board to check in if they’re close to winning some desirable prizes. The challenge doesn’t just inspire more biking with the points to earn prizes, it also builds a community of healthy choices.

Bike to School Day: May 8

National Bike to School Day started in 2012 with nearly 1,000 events in 49 states and D.C. Bike to School Day gives students a morning bike ride to make them more energized and ready to perform their best in the classroom, while also saving parents a trip to school.

Walk & Bike to School claimed that a record setting 3,205 communities participated in their report for BTSD 2018. Organizers are aiming for even more momentum this year.

This event connects communities with issues to focus on, such as building a sense of community, creating safer and more friendly routes for biking and walking to school and inspiring families to walk and bike to school more often.

Learn more, plan an event and access resources here.

Cyclofemme – May 12

Every year in May, women around the world come together on bikes to celebrate collective momentum. On Mother’s Day, women unite worldwide for CycloFemme events, honoring the past, celebrating the present and empowering the future of women’s cycling.  Cyclofemme believes that “strong communities are built around strong women. That being on a bike brings us closer to our community, to nature and to ourself. That from action comes change. That our hope, courage and strength is amplified when we unite.”

“Inspire one more woman to ride a bike, and we can change the world. #cyclofemme” Get involved here.


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Posted by Kelsey Eiseman

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