May means National Bike Month. Since 1956, National Bike Month has been a time to encourage people to ride their bicycles.
A post on the League of American Bicyclists blog lists several events this month that will draw participation from communities all around the country:
- The National Bike Challenge starts today and lasts through the end of August. This is similar to the Wisconsin Bike Challenge (read more about that here) but on a national scale.
- A new PBS series on bicycling called Pedal America will premier on May 5.
- Bike to School Day on May 9 is a way to encourage more children to bicycle to school and to encourage city officials to create safer routes for those children to use in getting to school.
- May 13 brings CycloFemme, an event to inspire more women to ride.
- The 10th annual Ride of Silence, which honors those who have been killed or injured while bicycling on public roads, is on May 16.
- Bike to Work Day is on May 18. If you ever had the thought that you’d try to bicycle to work one of these days, this would be an excellent day for that trial ride.
I have not heard whether anyone in Stevens Point is doing any organizing to allow our small city to formally participate in these national events. I’ll pass along anything I hear, and I encourage you to use the form below to let me know if you are aware of any events being organized.
Besides all of the above, May also provides some local Bike Fun with two Poky Pedals: a Poky Pedaling Potluck Picnic on May 15 and Whatever Happened to Mosey Creek? on May 19. Learn more about these here.
You can read more from the League of American Bicyclists about National Bike Month here.
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