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? Beginning today, Monday, May 16th to Friday, May 20th, is National Bike to Work Week! Encourage team members to ride their bikes to work, or create a riding group for after work hours. 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 among your staff. See how many miles your department can add-up during the next couple weeks. Gear up for Friday, May 20th, this day is the official bike to work day! Round-up the troops and ride to work.
Please stay tuned for the next webinar, Tuesday, May 24th at 1:00pm. The webinar will be hosted by Rob Smith of Garner Recreation and Cultural Resources. This webinar will discuss how communities and organizations are recognizing the importance of park and recreation professionals when implementing health and wellness programs in their communities. Rob will identify key community partners and look at ways to leverage combined resources to improve the health and well-being of community members. To register, click the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2168615536455054082
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)