May is National Bike Month in the United States, including Bike to Work Week from May 16-20 and Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. To celebrate, we’re posting a weekly article about cool bikes, benefits of biking, biking tips, and pro-bike legislation! Find Bike Month events in your area.
Right now, the American people face more than a few daunting issues: unemployment, obesity, failing infrastructure, and rapidly rising food and fuel prices. The government is mired in politics, and too slow to react, meaning these problems keep getting worse.
Our cities are congested and unhealthy, but what can one person do to change it? Ride a bike. That’s the position of alternative-transportation advocates People For Bikes, an organization that’s dedicated to improving the future of bicycling in this country.
Every six years, the federal government allocates billions of dollars to expand and improve America’s transportation infrastructure. People For Bikes wants to unify the voices of bicycle advocates from all over the country to urge U.S. Senators and Congressmen to make new, cost-effective investments in bicycling facilities and programs that will benefit us now and well into the future.
Biking makes people healthier, saves money on gas, drastically reduces pollution, reduces wear and tear on roads, relieves urban congestion, alleviates the need for massive parking garages, and improves the local economy by encouraging people to patronize businesses and stores located in their own neighborhoods.
Whether you’re a bike commuter, a roadie, a mountain biker or just a casual rider, by uniting your voice with a million others, you can help build a national movement to improve bicycling in our country. We can make a statement through our sheer numbers by raising public awareness and demonstrating our passion to our leaders in Congress and local government.
Imagine a place where one bike lane leads to the next. Where trails, bridges and underpasses lead safely to exactly where you want to go. And regardless of your bicycling experience and fitness, you can pedal smoothly across the street, across town, or even across the country. This would make transportation almost free, and open up a world of possibilities to people who can’t afford or don’t want to drive a car.
In celebration of National Bike Month, People For Bikes released a truly unique video about the joys of biking and the positive and lasting change it can bring to communities and people across America. The film uses colorful animations projected onto streets, parking structures, overpasses and a 12-story building to transform a lifeless urban cityscape to demonstrate how bikes make life better.
Watch it below, then join thousands of others by signing the pledge to stand for bikes, now and always.