May is an especially great month to be a biker. Many U.S. and Canadian cities have declared Friday, May 21 to be Bike to Work and School Day. 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 bike activities outside, and perhaps in nature.
Here are just a few of the fun events that are listed on the League of American Bicyclists
Santa Monica, CA: Valet bike parking on Main Street and at the Santa Monica Pier
: Free breakfasts and prizes for bikers Friday May 21.
Tampa Bay, FL:
Bike workshops, and an urban bike restaurant hop on May 27.Atlanta, GA:
Multiple group rides May 23.
St. Louis, MO
: Guided bike tours over the bridges that cross the Mississippi June 6.
: Trenton bike tour May 22.
Saratoga Springs, NY
: Bike to Work and School Challenge May 21.
: Various events throughout May, in English and Spanish.
: 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
the morning of their Bike to Work Day, which was May 13. 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!