According to the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month was established in 1956. May provides a chance to show the many benefits and legitimacy of cycling as a mode of transportation. Some people will ride for their wallet, others will ride for their health or the environment. Either way, Bike Month provides an opportunity to celebrate the power of bicycling.
Bike to Work Day is an annual event designed to encourage people to use their bikes as a means of transportation. According to the League of American Bicyclists, 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work.
There are many events in Central Oklahoma in May that involve bicycling and being active. Check the Central Oklahoma Bike Month calendar below for more details.
Bike to Work Week 2020 will take place September 21 – 27. While National Bike to Work Day is September 22, Central Oklahoma communities are celebrating on Friday, September 25.
If you don’t feel comfortable riding in a group, or your community isn’t hosting a group ride, you can still participate by taking a picture on your ride to work and post it using the hashtag #BikeCentralOK.
Health and Recreation
Cycling is a low-impact, aerobic workout that can provide many health benefits. These may include exposure to sunlight, improved cardiovascular fitness, increased joint movement, reduced stress and back pain, stronger immune system, weight loss and overall fitness.
Bicycle commuting contributes to a clean environment in several ways. For starters, bicycling reduces transportation emissions and traffic congestion as well as the need for petroleum.