The month of May is National Bike Month! National Bike Month is an opportunity for enthusiasts to share their love for biking and help us celebrate the exceptional power of the bicycle and the various benefits to riding – for all ages!
During the week of May 15-19 is Bike to Work Week! Now that the weather is getting better, get out and ride with family and friends! Whether you bike for recreation, to work or school; ride to save time or money; get those pedals pumping and in turn increase your health and help the environment.
Many health benefits come from cycling and can help to protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Here’s now cycling can help:
1. Increased cardiovascular fitness
2. Increased muscle strength and flexibility
3. Improved joint mobility
4. Decreased stress levels
5. Improved posture and coordination
6. Strengthened bones
7. Decreased body fat levels
Riding a bike is a fun, healthy, low-impact form of exercise for all ages. But safety first! Before venturing out, make sure you take the proper precautions:
· Bike helmets are very important for your safety. Wear a bike helmet EVERY TIME YOU RIDE!
· Wearing bright clothing and putting reflectors on your bike can also help you stay safe and increase visibility to others while on the road.
· Ride on the right-hand side of the street in the same direction as the other vehicles. NEVER ride against traffic.
· When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. Yield to traffic when appropriate.
· Walk your bike across busy intersections using the crosswalk and following traffic signals.
· Hand signals are like turn signals and brake lights for bikers. The League of American Bicyclists have provided a quick reference to the different hand signals every cyclist should know: http://bikeleague.org/content/signaling
If you have a local event planned, please share it with us! As always, Keep It Moving!