It’s time to tune up your bike because May is Bike Month! Riding a bike to get around isn’t just better for the environment, it’s better for you too! Cycling at a leisurely pace for just one hour a day can burn 500 calories or more. Cycling to work instead of driving reduces air pollution and traffic congestion. Weekend cycling is a great family activity and Sacramento County boasts miles of off-road bike paths in addition to many bike-friendly county streets.
Bike month is filled with friendly challenges, events and even prizes! Start a challenge at your workplace, school or among friends. Cyclists that register and log miles are eligible for weekly prizes.
Bike month events include:
- May 9 – Urban Bicycling 101, a great introduction or a refresher for people who bicycle on-street in Sacramento. This is an in-classroom course held at 915 I St., Room 1119, and participants do not need a bicycle.
- May 16 – National Bike to Work Day. Biking to work is easy with trails and bike-friendly lanes all over the region. For a full map of bike trails in the Sacramento region, check out the Sacramento County Handy Bikeway Map. Sacramento bike trails are relatively flat, so don’t worry about working up too much of a sweat in your suit!
- May 19 – Ride the Parkway 2019. Grab your friends and your roadie, fixie, single-speed or cruiser and choose from 3 different routes along the paved Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail, stretching from Downtown Sacramento to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.
- May 22 – Sacramento County Bradshaw Complex Ride. Meet at the Sacramento County Department of Transportation and receive a free bike tune-up! Tune-ups start at 11:15 a.m., at 4100 Traffic Way, Sacramento, CA 95827. Registration is open!
For a full list of events, including exact dates, locations and times, visit the May is Bike Month events page.
Bike Month is full of fun, fitness, challenges, prizes and a chance to help the environment and cut back on roadway congestion. Talk to your family, friends and co-workers about how you plan to reduce vehicle usage and take full advantage of bike month!Stay up to date with the latest news, a full list of events and details by checking out the May is Bike Month website.
KEN CASPARIS, SACRAMENTO COUNTY COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA, 916-874-1319