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2017 National Bike to Work Day

May is National Bike MonthHappy National Bike to Work Day!

This year, it's celebrated on Friday, May 19, 2017 with millions of commuters gearing up for the annual ritual.

Hitting the trail more than a half-century ago, National Bike to Work Day was originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 to encourage biking as an alternative to driving to work.

Today, the observance is part of National Bike Month which helps to raise awareness of "commuting without polluting".

Of course, you don't have to wait for National Bike to Work Day to start biking to work. Begin now and it's almost guaranteed you'll be getting a great cardiovascular workout, start to shed pounds, and save lots of money on gas prices and parking.

Remember that auto commuters also have a stake in promoting National Bike to Work Day, since the more people bike to work, the greater the chances of uncongested auto traffic on our nation's highways.


National Bike to Work Day fun facts

Commuting to work and school by bike
New York residents top the list of those who bike
to work each day, followed by LA and Portland.

• Worldwide, those who bike to work each day include the Dutch who top the list at 30 percent, followed by Japan at 15 percent and the USA trailing behind at less than 2 percent.

• According to Bicycling magazine, more than half of all Americans live less than 5-10 miles from work, a trip that usually can be accomplished in under an hour.

• There are about 38,000 miles of bike paths and trails in the U.S.

• In a 2009 survey of major U.S. cities, New York City headed the major population centers who made it a habit of biking to work everyday at more than 22,000 people, followed by Los Angeles at 17, 345 and Portland and at 16,846).

• The average cost of a new car in the U.S.? $30,000. The average cost of a new bicycle? $385.


How to participate in National Bike to Work Day

With a little preparation, biking to work can be fun and easy. If you live in a large city, scout out an easy bike path route here. You can also go interactive with Google maps by searching for your designated city. Then, find the menu icon and click on bicyling to find cycling routes anywhere on the planet. Or, ask coworkers who already bike to work for tips and advice on the route they take.

why bikes are betterIf you haven't biked for a while, take a few weekends first to gear up for the commute to work. Also, don't forget proper maintenance on your bike so it's fit for the road and -- most importantly -- WEAR A HELMET! This bit of protective gear is responsible for avoiding serious injury from falls or spills more than any other.

Seek out information on Bike to Work Month events which usually occur along major designated bike paths. They're fun, friendly, and may offer valuable tips on the best bike routes to get to work each day. Just ask.

If your workplace isn't bike friendly, discuss the possibility of installing bike racks or bike parking onsite. (Hint: employers should be aware that physically fit employees are hardworking, on-time employees who take less sick time!)

Bad weather? Wear brightly colored rain gear -- then smile and wave to commuters on the highway where traffic is usually slowed to a standstill.

Have fun!


More about National Bike to Work Day around the Web:



2017 National Bike Month - The official site from the League of American Bicyclists featuring step-by-step guides for biking to work, a calendar of special events, safety tips, statistics, and related resources.

National Bike to Work Day : 7 Tips (Photos) - Archived Huffington Post feature with a guide to enjoying the day via a cool photo slideshow.

National Bike to Work Day at Holiday Insights - History, fun facts and related resources.


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