In May, communities across the country celebrate Bike to Work Day and Bike to Work Month by encouraging people to leave their car keys at home, put on their helmet and get on their bicycles. Riding a bike is great exercise and in addition to your body benefiting, the environment also benefits. Not only that, you will be saving money by not using your car which may cost over $9000 annually to operate and contributes to greenhouses gases. Bike to Work Day was initiated in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage bike riding. This year it is celebrated on Friday, May 16. It has now become part of Bike-to-Work Week, which is in turn part of National Bike Month. In our town, city transit buses usually have bike racks on the front of their buses so people who have to go long distances can combine bike riding with using public transportation.
Some people don’t have so far to go – like Dean Evenson who can ride his bike all the way from his house to his studio in the barn.
Others like those in the Fremont Parade ride their bikes naked! So whatever your commute, please consider riding a bike and get some healthy exercise. Your heart will be happy and who knows, you may come across some naked bikers in the bike lane. And of course, you will benefit most by riding your bike often, not just once a year. Happy riding!