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Planning a Bike Month Event? Read This.
National Bike Month is so much more than 31 days in May.
It’s a celebration of bikes; an impetus to get rolling again; a gateway to riding more often; a time to evangelize the beauty of bikes; and much, much more. Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month, and the League has sponsored this celebration of bicycling for decades as we advance the movement to build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.
National Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day are often cited as the month’s flagship events (May 11-15 and May 15 this year). Indeed, bike commuting has grown by 62% from 2000 to 2013 — but Bike Month is about so much more than just getting to and from the office.
Everyone can take a leading role in organizing events for Bike Month, whether you’re part of a city government, advocacy group, local business, bike shop, school or any other group interested in making your community better. Thousands of organizations, many in the more than 325 League-designated Bicycle Friendly Communities, organize, plan and host events throughout the month of May, introducing bicycling to new riders and cultivating local bike culture and momentum among the already converted.
This year, we’ve revamped our handy National Bike Month Guide, a resource for event organizers looking for ideas, strategies and resources to organize in your community.
Questions about National Bike Month? Contact me at [email protected]. Check out our additional Bike Month resources here, and stay tuned for additional marketing materials you can use in your community this May!