Want to lose weight, save money and help the environment? Ride a bike.
Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, every May since the year 1956 has been called National Bike Month. In the past decade, there has been a 47 percent increase in U.S. bicycle commuting, according to the American Community Survey (latest data 2011).
Locally, Bike Cleveland is participating in the Rust Belt Battle of the Bikes in the National Battle of the Bikes. Find out how you can help beat Pittsburgh here.
The 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report says a large percentage of commuters bike and walk to work in Alaska, Oregon, Montana, New York and Vermont, among other states.
Some biking events on the calendar for May include:
- National Bike to Work Day: May 16
- National Bike to Work Week: May 12-16
- Ride of Silence, slow-paced ride in honor of those injured or killed while cycling on public roads: May 21
Here’s a closer look at some facts behind bicycling from The League of American Bicyclists:
- Bicycle commuting burns an average of 540 calories per hour.
- The average person loses 13 lbs in the first year of commuting by bike.
- A daily 4-mile bike commute will save about 66 gallons of fuel per year.
- In Washington D.C., 83 percent of Capital Bikeshare users are more likely to patronize a business if it’s located near a Bikeshare station.
- Bicycling just 20 miles per week reduces women’s risk of heart disease by 50 percent.