May is National Bike Month! If you haven’t ridden a bike since you were a kid, this month is the perfect time to get reacquainted with this fun, healthy, environmentally-friendly form of transportation!
National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, an organization created in 1880 to advocate for better bicycling conditions across the nation.
Here’s what they have to say about this annual initiative:
National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state – and help get more people in your community out riding too!
Cycling isn’t just for kids! For the many adults who regularly ride a bicycle, it can be an inexpensive way to get around. It doesn’t pollute the air or use up finite natural resources. It’s also great exercise, which can not only promote heart and muscle health, but also help riders lose or maintain their weight.
Plug your weight into this interactive calorie calculator to see just how much of an impact even a few minutes per day of cycling can have on your health.
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By now you may be thinking, “That all sounds great! There’s just one problem; I don’t own a bike!” No problem! Many areas, both urban and rural have outfitters that allow you to rent a bike while you decide if cycling is really for you. Then, once you’re ready to buy your own bike, you can check you local classified ads, including websites like Craigslist, for a used bikes at reasonable prices.
Don’t wait, use National Bike Month as a catalyst to get your legs, and your heart, pumping!
For more information, visit www.bikeleague.org.
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