May is National Bike Month!

If you’re not a regular bike rider, it’s time to get your bike out of the garage, dust it off, pump up the tires and hop on, because May is National Bike Month! There are a multitude of ways to participate, for the occasional rider, the sometime rider and the every-day rider. We’ve gathered information about some of them here to help you navigate through the choices.

>>> One place to start is Cascade Bicycle Club, your one-stop shop for “Bike Everywhere Month“, including a terrific calendar of events.

>>> Take a Challenge! Like this one from Washington Bikes. Challenge yourself and others to ride as much as possible each day from May 1 to 31 in this fun and free trip-tracking contest. To participate, you need only to start or join a team on Lovetoride.net, ride for at least 10 minutes, and track your trips online. It’s simple and fun!

>>> Take the Preservation Month Bike Tour from Ballard to the University of Washington. Learn about local landmarks, historic districts, adaptive reuse, and more!

>>> Bikes + Transit = A great way to go! Learn more about combining a bike and bus trip from King County Metro.

So, why ride a bike? The list may be endless, but here are a few good reasons: Keep fit (it’s really, really good for your heart) … save money (no gas, no parking fees) … increase your Vitamin D intake (yes, even in cloudy Seattle) … have fun! … get to know your community on a human level.

The League of American Bicyclists wants to know … with so many reasons to ride, what’s yours? Use the hashtags #WhyIRide and #BikeMonth on social media and also tag @BikeLeague! They’ll be sharing submissions on their blog and social media throughout the month of May.