If you did not it know already, May is National Bike Month!
National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and is recognized by communities across the country. Since 1956, the month of May has been dedicated to encouraging people to give biking a try.
However, biking is more than just learning how to ride. Biking is a great opportunity to preserve the environment, as well as your personal health. According to the League of American Bicyclists, the top reasons people decide to bike include: turning their commute into a workout, riding to help create a healthier community, riding to avoid traffic, and riding to enjoy a lifelong sport. All of these are great reasons and benefits that also lead to a more active lifestyle.
So how can your department get involved during the last half of May? May is a good month to start to spread the positive benefits of riding bikes. Encourage your department members to ride their bikes to work, or create a riding group. A riding group is the same concept as a run group. Decide on a day, time, location and go ride! Another way is to create a challenge within your department. See how many miles your department can add-up during the next couple weeks. You can continue this challenge into the summer months! A good resource is the National Bike Challenge, starting this month until September. The National Bike Challenge may give your department ideas of how to motivate others to bike.
Another option is to encourage members in your community to participate in the NCRPA social media campaign called Me In My Park, by biking in your local parks! NCRPA is challenging people to upload pictures to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter of themselves, or groups of people, leading active lifestyles. Make sure to use the hashtag #MeinMyPark, bonus if you also use #Ncrecre8. Click here to read more about the Me In My Park challenge.
We hope you will work with us continue to find innovative ways to inspire your communities to become more active. Create fun and engaging challenges to encourage your town to enjoy the warm weather by riding their bikes. If you have any ideas or programs involving Bike Month, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)