The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and we’ve even spotted a flock of ducklings parading around our rooftop garden at the MyDomino office. Spring is in the air! It must be National Bike Month.
Are you celebrating?
National Bike Month was established way back in 1956, yet many people aren’t aware of it. These days, though, it’s starting to get more attention — especially with Bike to Work days in many areas.
The League of American Bicyclists sponsors National Bike Month to highlight the many benefits of bicycling, and to encourage more people to try it out.
Why you should bike more
How do we love bicycling? Let us count the ways! Here are a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy on your bike:
- You’ll save time. Cycling is often the fastest way to travel in a city, for trips of up to 6 miles — and 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than 2 miles long.
- You’ll avoid parking hassles. Imagine not having to pay for parking, or spend time circling the block looking for it!
- You’ll reduce your stress. You’re 40% less likely to be tense in the hour after arriving at work on a bike than if you drive or take public transit.
- You’ll have fun! More Americans ride bikes for recreation than for any other reason.
- You’ll get more fit. You’ll get the same cardiovascular benefits from biking as from other aerobic exercise, and you might have more fun in the process. Plus, it can be easier to fit biking into your day, if you’re using a bike to get somewhere you have to go anyway.
- You’ll save money. Bikes are much cheaper to buy and operate than cars, and riding a bike is also cheaper than taking public transportation.
An easier way to bike
Maybe you’d like to ride your bike more, but you live in a hilly area. Or maybe your commute just feels a bit too long for comfortable biking.
You’re in luck! These days, you have a number of great electric bike options that give you the convenience and other benefits of a bike — without the extra work. For details, check out our e-bike buying guide.
An e-bike is much like a regular bicycle. But it comes with an electric motor attached to one of its wheels, and a battery pack hidden somewhere in, or on, the frame. The motor can be used to give you a boost when you need it — so you can still get a good amount of exercise with an e-bike.
That extra boost makes an e-bike a great option if you wouldn’t normally consider using a bike to get around. Ebikes cost more than regular bikes, but you’ll still save money — and still be helping the environment — if you commute with an e-bike instead of driving or taking public transit.
Important biking dates this month
So are you ready for National Bike Month?
Here are a few other biking dates to put on your calendar:
- National Bike to School Day: Wednesday, May 10
- CycloFemme: Weekend of May 13 – 14
- National Bike to Work Week: May 15 – 19
- National Bike to Work Day: Friday, May 19
- Local Bike to Work days: Check your area to see when this is happening near you!