May Is National Bike Month: PeopleForBikes.org Urges Americans to Get Out and Ride, Sign Pledge for Better Bicycling
BOULDER, Colo., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PeopleForBikes.org, the movement dedicated to improving the future of bicycling, is celebrating May as National Bike Month. With longer, milder days, May is a perfect time to recognize bicycling for the multitude of benefits it provides – improving America's health, economy and environment. During National Bike Month, PeopleForBikes.org expects to reach 500,000 signatures on its petition in support of better, safer bicycling in the U.S.—halfway to its goal of one million.
"We urge people to choose to bicycle instead of drive for just five miles a week, which could make a significant dent in societal issues like obesity, road congestion, and pollution," said Bruno Maier, vice president of PeopleForBikes.org. "Forty percent of trips in the U.S. are two miles or less. That's an easy biking distance. Even if you can't ride your bike to work, try bicycling for another short trip, like a shopping errand or visit to the coffee shop."
With cities investing in bike lanes and paths more than ever, bicycling is becoming safer and stress-free across the country. PeopleForBikes.org encourages Americans to take advantage of these facilities and to not only participate in National Bike Month highlights like Bike to Work Day (May 18), but to also incorporate bicycle trips into their daily routines.
PeopleForBikes.org urges bicyclists across the U.S. to participate in one or more National Bike Month events. Event highlights include:
National Bike to School Day (May 9)
CycloFemme, the International Day of Women's Bicycling (May 13)
National Bike to Work Week (May 14-18)
National Bike to Work Day (May 18)
National Bike Challenge (May 1-August 31)
Riders can also search for National Bike Month events in their community at BikeLeague.org.
By signing the pledge at www.PeopleForBikes.org, Americans can raise public awareness and demonstrate a commitment to our leaders in Congress and in cities and states throughout the country that bicycling is important and should be promoted.
PeopleForBikes.org is the movement dedicated to improving the future of bicycling in America. We believe that by gathering a million names of support we can speak with one, powerful voice to make bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone. The movement is hosted by the Bikes Belong Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on improving bicycle safety and enhancing children's bike programs.
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