Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Two-Wheeled Fun | National Bike Month

Each May, National Bike Month is celebrated across the United States to promote the benefits to biking and rights to cyclists.

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

Many events are held during National Bike Month, including Bike to Work Week, the week of May 16, and Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20. In Lafayette, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux made a proclamation that the city will recognize both events. (Just another step on our path to being a bicycle-friendly city!)

Graphic: National Bike Month

Why is it awesome to ride a bike?

  • You save gas money
  • You don't have any fuel emissions
  • You get exercise
  • It's a cheap, but fun date
  • You get to explore and see the sights of your hometown or your vacation spot, better than if you were driving or riding in a car
  • To borrow the saying from a bike shop t-shirt, you can put some fun between your legs!
  • You don't have to worry about parking
  • You can bring your pets along
  • You can take your children along
  • You can rock a helmet

So, are you ready to celebrate bike month? Get started by equipping yourself with everything you'll need.


GET A BIKE (OR A TUNEUP)

If you're in the market to get yourself a bike (or another one), choose a local shop. And most local shops will also service your existing bikes!


MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE BASIC ACCESSORIES

Because safe riding is fun riding.
  • Headlight/tail light
  • Lock
  • Air pump
  • Basket
  • Bicycle horn (Because a bell just is not going to stop a car... Check out my blog post from last May on the LoudBicycle horn that is proven to work!)




ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES

  • Water bottle mount
  • Wine bottle rack
  • Music player/speakers (My fiance has one like this and we love it for its wireless capability, headlight function and alarm sounds.)
  • String lights (to get the party started!)
 
I'll be writing more posts during this month on bicycle safety, local routes and tips, and Bike to Work Week/Day!

And, since the weather is 150% amazing outside, grab your bicycle and go for a ride with your boo or a group of friends tonight or this weekend.

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