Bike Month 2013
National Bike Month is officially here! With longer days, May is a perfect time to recognize bicycling for the multitude of benefits it provides – improving our health, economy, and environment. Or maybe just because it’s an easy, inexpensive way to get from here to there. Here are three ways to make the most of this year’s National Bike Month:
1) Go for a type of bike ride that you normally wouldn’t. If you’re a road rider, try a mountain bike ride. If you’ve never ridden your bike to work, give bike commuting a shot. And if the ride to work isn’t something you’re ready to tackle, ride your bike to run an errand you would normally do by car or transit, even if it’s just a trip to the coffee shop or ice cream parlor. Remember—forty percent of trips Americans take are two miles or less, an easy bicycling distance.
2) Double The Wheels. Introduce one other person to bicycling. Help someone find a bike and go for a fun ride. Bicycling is a pretty amazing thing, right? Why not encourage someone else to discover the activity that brings you so much happiness.
3) Participate in some of the Bike Month events. Maybe volunteer at one if you can.
LOCAL & REGIONAL EVENTS (more details added as they are confirmed)
- Sat, April 20: Bicycle Contingent in Dogwood Parade
- Sun, April 21: Annual Children’s Bicycle Rodeo
- May 1-31: Charlottesville Bike Month
- Fri, May 3: Clean Commute Day
- Sat, May 4: James Beazell Wintergreen Ascent
- Sun, May 5: Monticelloman Triathlon -and also- Dogwood Duathlon
- Wed, May 8: Cville Social Bike Ride, Lee Park, 6pm
- Thurs, May 9: Economic Benefits of Walkable and Bicycle Friendly Communities
- Sat, May 11: Cap2Cap - and also - DR100 - and also - CAMBC Children’s Bike Rodeo
- Mon, May 13: Bike Across Charlottesville and Bike Week News Conference
- Tues, May 14: Better on a Bike open house, Charlottesville Community Bikes, 5-7pm. Better on a Bike is a comprehensive bike mentoring program uniting women of C’ville to meet their transportation, mechanical and fitness goals by biking more.
- Wed, May 15: Charlottesville Ride of Silence - 4+ volunteers needed at 6:15
Please register in advance to help streamline check-in. It’s free and only takes a moment. Thanks!
- Fri, May 17: Bike To Work Day Energizer Stations
- Sat, May 18: 3rd Annual C’ville Tour de Coop -and also- Tour de Madison
- Sun, May 19: Storming of Thunder Ridge
- Wed, May 22: Cville Social Bike Ride, Lee Park, 6pm
- May 24-27: Virginia Mountain Bike Trail Festival
- Wed, May 29: Cville Social Bike Ride, Lee Park, 6pm
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL EVENTS:
- May 1 – Aug 31: National Bike Challenge
- Wed, May 8: National Bike to School Day
- Sun, May 12: CycloFemme, the International Day of Women’s Bicycling
- Wed, May 15: Ride of Silence
- Fri, May 17: National Bike to Work Day
This May and this summer should be an amazing time for bicycling in America. An increasing percentage of our national leaders recognize bicycling as a simple solution for transportation challenges, jobs and economic development, and health and obesity issues. Communities like Charlottesville are investing in bike lanes and paths more than ever, helping bicycling to become safer and stress-free. We encourage you to take advantage of these new places to ride by participating in National Bike Month!
Humble thanks to the People For Bikes crew for use of some of their well-crafted text.