Bike to Work and School Day

May is an especially great month to be a biker. In the U.S., the weather generally cooperates, and there are plenty of Bike to Work and School Days declared. San Francisco cyclists enjoyed Bike to Work Day today. Washington, D.C. and others have declared Friday, May 21, to be Bike to Work Day. And the League of American Bicyclists has declared the entire month of May Bike to Work Month. Their site lists tons of bike-related events happening throughout the month from Anchorage, Alaska to Tallahassee, Florida that should make it easy for almost anyone to ride alone or with a group, take a class, and enjoy other fun activities.

Here are just a few of the fun events that are listed on the League of American Bicyclists page:

Chico, CA: A selection of stores is offering a discount for cycling shoppers through May 15.

Santa Monica, CA: Valet bike parking on Main Street and at the Santa Monica Pier, ongoing

Pueblo, CO: Free breakfasts and prizes for bikers Friday May 21.

Tampa Bay, FL: Bike workshops, and an urban bike restaurant hop on May 27.

Honolulu, HI: Free admission for bikers to the Honolulu Zoo May 16.

Iowa City, IA: Many events including a bike/bus/car race May 18.

St. Louis, MO: Guided bike tours over the bridges that cross the Mississippi June 6.

Trenton, NJ: Trenton bike tour May 22.

Saratoga Springs, NY: Bike to Work and School Challenge May 21.

Roanoke, VA: Various events throughout May, in English and Spanish.

Seattle, WA: Summer Streets Party May 21.

According to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, cyclists made up a whopping 75% of the traffic on SF’s Market Street this morning. Here is a great pic of that street’s big green bike lane.

Of course, anyone getting out biking wants to be safe. The League of American Bicyclists offers these tips for bike safety.

Another great resource for information about bike and pedestrian safety and school biking and walking programs is Safe Routes to Schools.

Enjoy biking to work and school and just for fun!

Photos: Top, my family in Acadia National Park, Maine. Above, two of the most inspirational bikers I know – my husband Lippy, who rides almost every day, and my good friend Victoria, who loves to ride more than anyone I know and organizes long, fun rides for herself and her friends.

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3 Responses to Bike to Work and School Day

  1. biking to work in SF: not for the faint of heart. you’ll need 20 speeds and power thighs! i used to ride my bike everywhere in NY- Mar-Dec. generally i’d go for my upper eastside apt to the theatre district, where i worked. the ride would take me through the park. i loved the fresh air and freedom the bike provided. and it was faster than subways or cabs during rush hour.

  2. Hi Kath! Great to see you here. I used to love riding a bike in NY, particularly in Central Park and on Madison Avenue in the early morning on Sundays! I also rode in LA, inconceivably now, but mostly as a way to get to the beach bike path. I do ride the hills of Mill Valley. They are indeed a workout. Sometimes they seem to take more patience than anything. My family has a couple of routes in which we can get in a hill climb and see redwoods and streams (waterfalls at the right time of year.) There’s always a flat path along the bay, too. That’s a good one for watching heron and egret tai chi.

  3. ur no cal rides sound pretty :)

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