BIKE MONTH MISSION
According to the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month was first established in May of 1956. May provides a chance to show the legitimacy and many benefits of bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation. Some people will ride for their wallet, others will ride for their health or the environment. Many of the events in Central Oklahoma during Bike Month provide an opportunity to celebrate the power of bicycling and being active.
Hannah Nolen, AICP
Mobility & Planning Manager
TPS Division Manager
ACOG hosted BikeFest to kick off Bike Month in Central Oklahoma. Visitors were able to spend time with bike organizations and bike shops, enjoy food trucks, live music and learn more about bicycling and transportation! This free inaugural event had over 1200 attendees and 30 Active Transportation vendors.
Bike to Work Week
Bike to Work Week will be observed May 15-21, 2023, with Bike to Work Day taking place Friday, May 19. The cities of Edmond, Guthrie, Midwest City, Moore, Norman, Oklahoma City, Piedmont, and Yukon hosted organized rides.
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.
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.
Being a bicycle friendly business means having the proper and reliable infrastructure and enacting policies to support employees and consumers that choose to pedal to your establishment. Taking action to become bicycle friendly will help attract new employees and customers alike. This guide explains different methods on how to build a bicycle friendly business.