May is National Bike Month, so it's time to celebrate all things bike related. No matter if you;re a road cyclist, a hardcore mountain biker, a single-speed fixie rider, a recumbent rider or someone who just likes to cruise the beach, you'll surely find something cool going on this month.
National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy group representing over 57 million cyclists from around the country. Originally known as the League of American Wheelmen, the group has been at the forefront of bicycle advocacy in the United States since 1880.
The month is packed with events going on. Here are some things you and your family can enjoy:
• May 8 – National Bike to School Day: Skip the bus stop, or leave your vehicle at home. Currently, there are 58 schools around Florida that are participating in the celebration. The National Center for Safe Routes to School has a portal for community members and parents to register events. Find out more at www.walkbiketoschool.org.
• May 13-17 – Bike to Work Week: We can all use a little more exercise, right? A lot of us live within riding distance to our jobs, so why not take a week and ride to work? Not a bad idea, if you ask me.
• May 17 – Bike to Work Day: OK, so maybe you can't do the whole week, but you can surely bike one of those days. May 17 falls on a Friday, so it's business casual for lots of office workers. You can do this.
Bonus points for us Floridians: on Thursday, May 9, the Palatka-to-St. Augustine Trail celebrates its official designation as part of the 2,500-mile East Coast Greenway. If you're near Palatka, head over to Armstrong Park in Elkton at 10 a.m. for the ceremony.
Bikes aren't just great for work and school commuting; they're just plain fun to ride. If you want to get in some recreation time on your bike, Florida has an outstanding network of trails for riders of all types. For information on trails around the state, check out www.visitflorida.com/trails. Have fun!