Why Bike to Work?
- Participants get an awesome souvenir grocery bag filled with lots of swag!
- Our roadways cannot hold any more cars! Alternative solutions are a must.
- Biking to work builds morale, encourages camaraderie, and is a great way to get active in your community.
- It’s healthy; and active employees are more alert, take fewer sick days, and are more productive.
- It is an active way to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce traffic congestion, and can save you money, especially when gas prices are approaching $4 a gallon.
- Hundreds of U.S. cities have been successful in increasing bicycle commuters by offering enticements on Bike to Work Day. A study published by the San Diego Association of Governments showed that 1 out of 5 people who participated in a Bike to Work Day event became regular bike commuters.
The History of Bike Month
For fifty-five years, National Bike Month has been the perfect time for new or returning riders to get back on the saddle and ride their bike to work. Originally the Cycle Trade Association called the month American Bike Month but in 1956 it evolved to Bike Month. Along with the name change, Bike Month became more about promoting cycling and safe bicycling, not just selling bicycles. History per the League of American Bicyclists.
In Austin, Bike to Work Day has traditionally been organized by the Austin Cycling Association and takes place on the third Friday in May. Look for stations on Friday, May 17th!
Austin Cycling Association
The Austin Cycling Association is a charitable organization that supports and encourages cycling in central Texas through our ticket referral Defensive Cycling Course, our Helmet Grant program, and over 600+ rides offered each year. More than 3,000 Central Texas heads have been protected to date.
For more information, see our website at www.austincycling.org