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Welcome To Bike Month 2013

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As I say every year, EVERY month is National Bike Month – we all know that. However, it’s nice that national organizations like The League of American Bicyclists (who originated National Bike Month) and People For Bikes, are focusing their efforts on May – one of the best months to bicycle – just so that they can get some good traction and be more effective with their messaging.

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Speaking of messaging, they’ve even come up with some helpful things (pdf) that advocates can post on Facebook and Twitter. Here are a few:

• Where will the ride take you? Join us this Bike Month to find out! [link]*
• Bike Month is here! What’s your favorite way to celebrate cycling?
• What are your favorite places to ride in [your community]?
• Do something different this Bike Month. Download the League’s BIke Month Bingo card and join the fun! bikeleague.org/bikemonth
• Are you grabbing your morning coffee on two wheels this morning? What’s the best thing about Bike to Work Day this year?
• Hopping on your bike instead of the bus to school this morning? Let us know how your celebration of Bike to School Day is going!
• Honor the past and empower the future of women in cycling! Join the Cyclo- femme movement and spread the word!
• More than 80% of bike commuters say they feel healthier & less stressed. How has biking improved your health?
• Average annual operating cost of a bicycle? $308. A car? $8,000. How do you spend the extra cash?

You can download League of American Bicyclists promotional materials here.

Even People For Bikes is doing a great push for National Bike Month. Their Roll Together  – with two wheels or four wheels, let’s build the next generation of safer roads where we can all roll together  – campaign is pretty impressive.

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Well, I hope you get to take part in National Bike Month, and that you get a chance to enjoy a good ride or two (or 31).

“We’ll Have To Work Harder To Grow Bicycling Outside Of Cities”

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I first saw this link over at EcoVelo, and figured it would be relevant to post over here.

According to this article by People For Bikes, even though there has been positive growth of urban bicycling, it’s much more difficult to bike for transportation in the suburbs (and rural areas). I think most of us who live in the ‘burbs could agree that there are fewer opportunities for short trips compared to our urban neighbors. But even with car-friendly suburban sprawl – making destinations farther apart and less attractive by bike – it’s not impossible. We just need to work harder.

I also found a some of the statistics very interesting.” 50% live in a metropolitan area but outside of the central city (a.k.a. the suburbs.).”  I witness this every time I commute.

And, “according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics,… suburban (77%) residents are more likely than urban residents (55%) to say bike lanes are important to them.”  You’ve got to wonder why such a difference. Is it a confidence/experience thing or is it environment?

Written by dickdavid

September 4, 2011 at 5:45 am

Bikes Make Life Better – From PeopleForBikes.org

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Check out this cool video made by the folks at People For Bikes. It’ll make you want to break out the laser pointer the next time you do a night ride.

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From their site:

When we ride good things happen.
We all know that when people ride bikes, life is better. Communities grow stronger. People feel healthier, happier and more alive. In this short video, we bring this idea to life in an artful way as riders trigger projectors throughout a city, transforming an urban environment into a vibrant, colorful world. A world made better, by bikes.

People For Bike on the web.
People For Bikes on Facebook.
People For Bikes on Twitter.

Written by dickdavid

May 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

People For Bikes

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Our friends over at pedallas posted about a cool little site called People For Bikes. They’re dedicated to channeling that passion to improve the future of bicycling. They’re also trying to gather a million names of support, to speak with one, powerful voice—to make bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone.

Sounds like a good cause, and there has got to be a million cyclists out there. Be counted – head on over there and sign their pledge.

Written by dickdavid

April 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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