May is National Bike Month in the United States, and one doesn't need to be a paid advocate or club member to promote bicycle use the next 31 days.
Several organizations, including the League of American Bicyclists, have developed national calendars of events designed to stimulate bicycle awareness and use. Group rides, seminars, breakfasts, safety clinics for children, swap meets, art museum hops and more are planned.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, they have five key national strategies for advancing bicycle safety:
- Goal #1 Motorists Will Share the Road
- Goal #2 Bicyclists Will Ride Safely
- Goal #3 Bicyclists Will Wear Helmets
- Goal #4 The Legal System Will Support Safe Bicycling
- Goal #5 Roads and Paths Will Safely Accommodate Bicycling
There's something for everyone, and for the two-wheeled introverts out there, keep flying the flag by doing what you do best: pedal, pedal, pedal.
For an event listing, visit http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/events.php. There are several related links on the upper right of this article.