By Josie Rubio
More than half the U.S. population lives within five (theoretically bikeable) miles from work, according to the League of American Bicyclists, which launched "Bike to Work Day" in 1956. Since then, the concept has expanded, and all of May is Bike Month, with "Bike to Work Week" held this May 11–15.
Cities throughout the U.S. will encourage bike commuters with events throughout the week, from free breakfasts and after-work parties to community rides and meetups. Bike to Work Week culminates in Bike to Work Day, held on May 15 in most areas. To find an event, bike shops, classes, clubs and more, simply type in your city, state or ZIP code into the League’s “Connect Locally” search bar (look for it at left on the homepage of the League's website).
For many of us, biking to work seems like a good idea, but it’s hard to find the motivation. Bike to Work Week might provide that extra push to put on your bicycle helmet and pedal to work. Commuting by bike saves money on gas, is better for the environment and helps you stay fit.
Speaking of accessories, there are plenty of intriguing options out there. Volvo LifePaint, currently in the trial stages in the U.K., is meant to keep cyclists safer during nighttime rides. The reflective spray-on paint glows in the glare of headlights, but is invisible during the day. And if you want to sound like you’re riding a horse Monty Python-style, there’s Trotify, a coconut contraption that mounts on the front of your bike to make the sound of a trotting horse as you ride.
Happy riding! Do you plan to bike to work this week?
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