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Bikes Have The Power To Create Better Cities

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.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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3:08PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

if only bicycle were made mandatory

5:29PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

Ta.

12:27PM PDT on May 27, 2011

True ! our Mayor in London has done a lot to encourage londoners to use bikes.Thank you Mr. Mayor.

2:23PM PDT on May 22, 2011

Thank you, good work!

7:33AM PDT on May 21, 2011

thanks

10:43PM PDT on May 19, 2011

I love riding my bike! It's strange seeing the hundreds of cars drive by, but not one person on a bike.

9:50PM PDT on May 19, 2011

Haven't owned a car since 2001 and was biking around even at 7 months pregnant!

6:56PM PDT on May 17, 2011

I would love to ride a bike. Too bad mine was stolen 2 years ago and I'm too broke to even buy a used one. Hoping to find one on Freecycle,but not holding my breath.Maybe I can afford some in-line skates...

1:21PM PDT on May 17, 2011

Like in Dutch cities? Hope they don't run into the walkers.

6:28AM PDT on May 17, 2011

thank you for the information

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