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May is National Bike Month

Remember to be safe when cycling

Sheri Bollinger, NCC director of fitness, recreation and physical education,

National Bike to Work Day originated in 1955 by the League of American Bicyclists. Traditionally, May is designated as National Bike month, Bike to Work Week is the third week in May, the Third Friday in May is designated as National Bike to Work Day, and National Bike to School Day takes place the second week of May.

This year’s celebration of everything bicycling has been changed to September, due to our current public health crisis. Bike to Work Week will be September 21-27, with Bike to Work Day coinciding with National Car Free Day on September 22.

Bike to Work Day has been sponsored by the American Medical Association for all of the physical and mental benefits bicycling offers those who participate. And, many people who participate in this yearly national event continue to add bicycling to their lifestyle, as a means of recreation.

Some of the many benefits of bicycling include enhanced heart health, gentle on your joints, strengthens muscles, burns calories, boosts mental health, and improves balance and coordination.

Whether you choose to celebrate this nationally designated day in May, September, or any other day, be sure to perform the ABC safety check before heading out.  “A” is for air, check your tires have adequate air pressure, “B” is for brakes, check they are working properly, and “C” is for chain (and cranks), make sure they are properly lubricated and functioning.

And, if you haven’t had your bike checked for several years, support your local bike shop and have them do a basic tune-up to enhance your safety and enjoyment. Most bike shops have remained in operation during the pandemic, with slight changes to operating procedures.

If you’re thinking of heading to one of the many local trails in the area, be sure to follow good trail etiquette, especially since you may find your local trails and parks busier than normal these days.

Ride on!