April showers bring May flowers and…National Bike Month! May is recognized as National Bike Month and as sustainability consultants, we couldn't be happier! Bike commuting, or green cycling as we call it at Taiga Company, is part of a sustainable lifestyle, alternative transportation, helps the environment, and also raises eco awareness. It seems that most people think of bikes as recreation but in our sustainability consulting with business and individuals, we encourage employers and workers to consider cycling as alternative transportation as well as part of a sustainable business strategy. Cycling to work is an easy way to integrate sustainability concepts into the workplace.
Kicking off National Bike Month we will be posting educational resources on bikes, cycling, and gear as well as sharing mountain bike race photos from our Taiga Cycling team exploring the great outdoors in Colorado.
Here’s how you can participate in National Bike Month.
Begin by marking your calendar:
- Bike-to-Work Week 2012 from May 14-18
- Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 18.
- Do you want to know how many people ride bikes in America , who's riding, and how many miles of bike lanes there are? The Census Bureau collects American Community Survey (ACS) data from a sample of the population in the United States and gives us this insight. Find out who's riding bikes in the largest 244 cities in the U.S.
Resources and worthwhile reading: For Business/ employees:
- Bike Commuting Trends are UP: Here's Why
- 10 Reasons to Bike Commute to Work
- Easy Ways to Become a Bike Friendly Office
- Top 10 Benefits of Bicycle Commuting Programs for Businesses
- The Bike Commuter's Guide to Stay Fresh and Clean at Work
- Get Paid to Bike to Work
- Green Resources for Bike to Work Week
- Live Green! Ride a bike!
Want to get more involved? Get Up & Ride- Take the National Bike Challenge! Launched by a powerful alliance between Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong and Endomondo, the National Bike Challenge aims to inspire and empower millions of Americans to ride their bikes for transportation, recreation and better health. The Challenge is simple: Sign up as an individual or as a team, log your miles, share your stories and encourage others to join you. Riders will compete for prizes and awards on the local and national level, including a Grand Prize trip through California wine country from Trek Travel.
What are you waiting for? Pump up your tires, lube your chain, and put your pedal power to good use! Ride ON!