May 21 is Bike to Work Day in the United States and Michigan

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Help Us Celebrate National Bike Month

Michigan - April 29, 2010 – With spring in the air, the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB), Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA) and Michigan Mountain Biking Association announce that May is Bike Month, May 17-21 is Bike to Work Week and Friday, May 21 is Bike to Work Day.

May Is National Bike MonthRepresentative Jon Switalski (D-Warren), who introduced H.R. _____ declaring May as Bike Month in Michigan, said, “Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need without having to find extra time to work out; and this year, with gasoline prices as high as they are, biking to work makes more sense than ever.”

Americans have been commemorating National Bike Month each May for 54 years. Timed to coincide with the arrival of warmer weather, the event has inspired countless bike rides, safety inspections, commuter challenges, ribbon-cuttings, “share the road” promotions, and other varied celebrations of bicycling in communities across the nation.

One of the most popular activities in Bike Month is encouraging people to bicycle to work and forsake their motor vehicles for at least one day. Friday, May 21 is designated as National Bike to Work Day, although many communities pick other dates in the month for this particular event.

“Commuting by bicycle is rewarding on so many levels.  Whether it is improved health, helping the environment, saving on soaring energy costs or simply enjoying a ride, it is worth being part of the solution,” said Rich Moeller, Executive Director of the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

Bike Month will culminate on May 26 at the State Capitol where all three organizations will co-host the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day. The event is an opportunity for all cyclists across the state to join together with one voice to promote cyclists needs to their local legislators.

During Bike Month, LMB will distribute thousands of copies of their popular What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know guide booklet, a publication designed to help bicyclists safely and enjoyably share Michigan’s public roads and trails with other users.

LMB, MTGA and MMBA remind all roadway users that:

  • Bicycles are vehicles with the same rights, rules and responsibilities of other road users.
  • Motorists should only pass a bicycle when it is safe to do so. Slow down and give bicyclists at least three feet of passing room.
  • Motorists should never cut off a bicyclist.  Bicycle riders have the same rights as motorists, so motorists should yield to bicycles like any other vehicle.
  • Bicyclists must obey all traffic laws, stop signs, and traffic lights, and ride in the right-most lane in the direction of traffic.
  • State law requires bicycles to have lights at night and common sense necessitates cyclists wear helmets and be visible.

Whether you ride or drive, please share the road!

For more information about bicycle safety and to request a copy of What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know, please visit www.LMB.org.