BICYCLE MAY MADNESS
Biking is one of those sports you can do when you’re very very young and very very old. You can bike alone – or in a group – or as a family. May is National Bike Month, and we’ve got some fun bicycling activities for you.
BIKE TO SCHOOL
May 4 is Bike to School Day. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school. Check to see if your school has an organized Bike to School event. If they don’t – start one!
The main idea is that parents bike with their children to school for the day – or better yet – for the entire week. If you live miles away, set up a start point that is closer to school and bike from there. You may not need to do this however, because even young children can bike several miles. Just take your time – and don’t forget the helmets!
BIKE ON MOTHER’S DAY
Mother’s Day is May 8. You could send a card or take her to lunch – OR – you could spend some quality time with mom on a bicycle. There is a group called Cyclofem that organizes women-only rides. It is a fairly new group, although it has grown quickly and now has hundreds of organized rides throughout the world.
The rides range from short to long, and from on-road to trail to off-road. The rides are almost all “no drop” meaning that nobody is left behind. If you’re struggling – someone will stay with you so you never ride alone. You ride at your own pace. Speedsters can speed ahead – and the scenic peddlers can take their time.
BIKE TO WORK
The love of biking is a lifelong love – and it’s growing. From 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62%.
May 20th is Bike to Work Day. Whether you bike to an office, or bike to a base, you can enjoy the weather, the idea that you’re not using gasoline, and the fitness benefits. Some colleagues take it a step farther and bike to work all week. Maybe you’ll be one of the people that become a frequent biking commuter!
Did you know that 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles?
That is an easy-peasy biking distance.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BIKING
Whether you’re riding to work, to school or for pleasure, the benefits are many.
Here are the top seven health reasons to bike:
• Cycling is good for your heart
• Cycling is good for your muscles
• Cycling is good for your waistline
• Cycling is good for your lifespan
• Cycling is good for your coordination
• Cycling is good for your mental health
• Cycling is good for your immune system