|You and I know, bicycling makes life better. It makes us healthier and it makes us happier, two things that are always good for us and that are even more important in 2020.|
In 2020, we’re doing National Bike Month a little differently than our usual Bike to Work Week (which has been postponed until September). Starting today, the League encourages everyone to get on a bike, go for a ride, and share the joy online together.
For the 31 days in May, #BikesUnite us. Whether you’re riding for fun, fitness or with family, or taking essential trips to work or shop, you are part of a movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people.
Share photos of your solo or family rides on social media using #BikesUniteand share the joy biking brings you. By sharing your “reason to ride” on social media and encouraging friends and family across the country to go by bike, we can experience the joy of biking together even as we shelter at home apart.
Here’s how you can take part in National Bike Month this year:
- Go for a ride – solo! Take a photo and share it on social media and show the world that #BikesUnite
- Take a picture of yourself and your bike
- Challenge your friends to a photo contest – who can take the best photo of their bike leaning next to a tree?
- Create a scavenger hunt in your community and help people discover local sights
- Take a selfie in front of your favorite small businesses
- Join the National Bike Challenge to log your miles and see how united people are across the country by biking
- Watch and share the League’s videos about how to improve riding skills
- Connect with League member state and local advocacy groups, bike clubs, and local bike shops to discover virtual events in your area using the League’s map
- If you have the ability, consider supporting your local bicycle advocacy organization and Bicycle Friendly Businesses in your community – find them on the League’s map
National Bike Month is a celebration of the benefits of biking. Biking is good for the planet, it’s good for businesses in your community, and it’s good for you. Bonus: the bike is a “happiness machine” that brings joy to even the shortest trips. Biking together is our favorite way to celebrate this amazing machine and the communities it has helped us build, and with #BikesUnite we will show that bikes unite us even while we’re apart, so that we may get through the most difficult situations.
In addition to being National Bike Month and the start of the National Bike Challenge, May is Mental Health Month. The benefits of exercising for physical health have been promoted for decades, and it’s increasingly recognized that physical activity benefits mental health, as well. Our well-being, physically and mentally, is in focus right now. We don’t talk often enough about the mental health benefits of biking, including reduced stress and anxiety, and improved happiness, mental focus, and sleep.
You don’t have to put on Lycra or bike up a mountain (but some of us do that, too) to get these effects. Short and regular physical activity will go a long way to a cumulative effect on your health. This May, we’re not only encouraging people to bike because it is fun, but also because it feels good and is good for you. Tune up the bike in your garage or keep pedaling in the drops, but whatever you do: bike!
During National Bike Month, in addition to celebrating how #BikesUnite, the League hopes you’ll join us in logging miles in the National Bike Challenge.