May is Bike Month: Make the Switch From Gas Pedal to Bike Pedal

Do you love a good challenge? Get ready to challenge yourself, your family, your friends, and your co-workers for May is Bike Month (#MayIsBikeMonth19, #MIBM).

Coordinated by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the region’s transportation management organizations, May is Bike Month encourages the region’s residents to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and longer days and commit to bicycling to work, school, errands, or just for recreation or training.

For the 15th year in a row, people throughout the Sacramento region are working together in opting to go from behind the wheel to cruising on two, getting some fresh air and exercise, and taking cars off the road for all kinds of trips.

Biking offers benefits for your personal health while promoting healthy communities as a whole! Riders avoid traffic congestion, save money on gas, and help reduce air pollution. Biking is also really good for your heart and soul. So, whether you’re an avid bicycle commuter, a once-in-a-while bicycle errand runner, or you just want to try something different, visit the May is Bike Month website. Even a few short trips per week add up over time and make a difference.

You can participate by pledging trips at www.MayisBikeMonth.com, ride your bike for any reason and then log those trips on the website to earn virtual badges and a chance to win prizes. Challenge your friends and colleagues to a contest on Facebook or by email. If you’re a real go-getter, challenge yourself to ditch your car and ride your bicycle to all your destinations. “Like” May is Bike Month on Facebook (facebook.com/mayisbikemonth) to find out about events, post photos, and receive bike-related updates. You can even suggest events to add to the bike event calendar (go to “Contact Us” at www.MayisBikeMonth.com).

Throughout the month, there will be weekly prize drawings; individual, group and employer challenges; rallies; awards; safety clinics, and organized rides. The website has information about events, a bicycle trip planner, and safety information for all ages.

For more information, visit www.MayisBikeMonth.com or call (916) 321-9000.

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