Celebrate Bike to Work Day on May 19

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated all over the country. National Bike Month was established in 1956 as a way to recognize and showcase the ways in which cycling is beneficial to the environment, our communities and our physical and mental health, and to encourage more people to give biking a try.

National Bike to Work Week takes place within National Bike Month. This year it will be held May 15-19, with National Bike to Work Day taking place on the 19th.

Cities all over the country are hosting Bike to Work Day events. For instance, in the Washington D.C. metro area, there will be over 85 pit stops set up for bicycle commuters with beverages, snacks and prizes. Other cities are offering similar setups, as well as offering free bike share services.

Some areas, such as San Francisco, will be celebrating Bike to Work Day on May 11 instead of the 19th, so double check online to see when there will be an event near you.

Use the hashtag #BTWD to share your experience, and don’t forget to hashtag #bicycletimes and tag us @bicycletimes too!

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Need a little extra motivation? Check out our series on overcoming commuting obstacles here.

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Join an inflatable Bike to Work Day ride

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The world’s only inflatable bike ride is celebrating Bike to Work Day in San Ramon, California, at Bishop Ranch on Thursday, May 14, 2015. (Technically Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 15, so you can still commute. -Ed.)

Known as the Aeolian Ride, Aeolian is a Greek word which means “to be caused or carried by the wind.” The costumes inflate as you ride—don’t worry, you won’t get carried away—at least not by the wind.

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According to ride founder Jessica Findley, the ride has a magical effect, transforming everyday streets, while creating a loop of joy between the spectator and the riders. The first Aeolian inflatable bike ride was organized in New York in 2004, and has since visited 19 cities.

Because there are a limited number of inflatable suits, participants are asked to get tickets and join the ride at www.aeolian-ride.info. The ride begins at 11:30 a.m.

See it in action

 

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