Are You a Biker?
May is National Bike Month. Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, it includes an ever-expanding series of events in communities nationwide; but the biggest day of the month is Bike to Work Day.
Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try. Understanding bicycling skills and safety is paramount to having a safe biking experience.
Whether you bike to work or school, to save money or time, preserve your health or the environment, or simply to have fun and explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
National Bike Month Events
- Bike to Work Week (May 15-19)
- Bike to School Day (May 10)
- Bike to Work Day (May 19)
According to the League of American Bicyclists, many who commute to work for the first time during Bike to Work Week become regular riders to their places of employment. The popularity of bicycling to work in the U.S. has grown quickly in recent years, and it has more than doubled in many bicycle friendly communities, such as Washington, D.C.
Tips for planning an event during National Bike Month are available.
Interesting Biking Statistics
- 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work.
- With increased interest in healthy, sustainable, and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.
Want more information on biking? Take a look as some of the following resources.
- League of American Bicyclists website
- Bike Commuters website
- Commute by Bike website
- Bike Forums
- Bicycling Life
- Bicycling website
UMB’s Bike Parking Facility
The University’s Parking and Transportation Services provides a secure bike cage in the Pratt Street Garage to encourage bicycle commuting by staff, faculty, and students.
The cage holds up to 44 bikes, is open 24/7, and is monitored by security cameras to keep bikes, and riders, safe. Registration and a small fee are required to utilize the cage. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and users have access to shower facilities at URecFit in the SMC Campus Center.
Carey School of Law Bicycle Club
The Francis King Carey School of Law Cycling Club, also known as UMB Law Bikes, promotes bicycling and other alternative forms of transportation. The group also advocates for the protection and recognition of bicycle commuters at the school, provides education to UMB students about bicycle safety, and organizes group rides.
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