Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. ~Mark Twain, Taming the Bicycle.
May is Bike Month! This past week my home city of Spokane, we celebrated with Bike to Work Week.
Before work on Monday, I rode to the central Riverfront Park downtown, where volunteers were offering yummy local Spokane Roast House Coffee and cooking up local huckleberry pancakes. It was a good start to the work week (commute was done via bike by yours truly each day this week!) and reminded me how rewarding biking is. Fresh air, strong community connections, and the environmentally friendly nature of two-wheeled commuting are a few great reasons to consider how YOU can fit biking into your days.
The week had a great turn out of people who took to the street pedaling their way to work, but why limit the festivities to a week or month?
Need to brush up on the rules of the road or concerned about safety? Many communities offer bike safety courses (usually in the springtime), but many resources are also available through The League of American Bicyclists. Check out their “Rules of the Road” here.
What if we were a society that really encouraged and organized our transportation infrastructure to be bike friendly? Check out this example of rush hour in the Netherlands, a society famous for it’s bike commuters. Pretty amazing.
Happy pedaling folks!