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There is a reason why learning how to ride a bike is such a milestone for children. It is not only a fun way to explore and connect with friends, but it can also be a regular means of commuting. In terms of shrinking your carbon foot print there are few better things you can do than drive your car less. While carpooling and public transportation are great alternatives, riding a bike is even better. Celebrating this month is a great way to start! Within the month-long celebration May 15th – 19th is National Bike to Work week and May 19th is Bike to Work Day.

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Cities have taken note of the benefits of biking. In efforts to cut down on pollution and mitigate traffic congestion, many urban areas have adopted bike share programs. These eliminate having to buy a bike and worrying about storing and locking it. There has also been a recent effort in urban planning to implement bike lanes and paths to make commutes safer and more convenient than ever.

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Biking doesn’t have to be purely practical, however. It can be social and philanthropic too! Here are some biking events in New York City, but check out events in your area here – tons of cities are celebrating!

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When you are cruising around this month remember these tips:

  • Always wear a helmet; it could save your life.
  •  Wear reflective gear or have a light on your bike so you will be seen after the sun goes down.
  • Know the rules of the road. Familiarize yourself with the bike paths and lanes in your area so you can ride in harmony with cars and pedestrians.

Happy pedaling!