May is National Bike Month

The month of May is quickly approaching, and with it comes something worth celebrating: National Bike Month. During the course of the month, national biking groups promote education on the benefits of biking as well as safety tips.

National Bike Month and the Benefits of Biking

Since 1956, the League of American Bicyclists has been working across the entirety of the United States to teach folks how to bike and show them what fun and healthful results come from this joyful activity.

According to their website, National Bike months is an “opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.” As such, National Bike Month is designed to tell others about why you ride, and why others should join in, too. The month is characterized by events like Bike to School Day and Cyclofemme.

Cyclists’ Safety and National Bike Month

Some tips on safe biking that the League suggests.

  • Wearing a helmet
  • Increasing your visibility by wearing reflective clothing and using bike lights
  • Paying attention to your surroundings
  • Yielding to motorists
  • Using bike hand signals to turn and stop

Additionally, make sure you always teach your children the importance of riding safely, with examples, of course!

Plan Your Route for National Bike Month

During National Bike Month, there is a week that is designated as National Bike to Work Week – May 11 through 15. To make sure that your biking commute goes as smoothly as possible, make sure that you plan your route in advance. You can plan your route using PAcommutes.com.

The website provides information about statewide bike routes, rules of the road for cyclists, bicycle safety tips, and more. Knowing your route ahead of time is something that seasoned  bicyclists know helps avoid bike accidents and injury.

Learn More About National Bike Month and Bike Safety

You can learn more about National Bike Month by visiting BikeLeague.org. And to learn more about safety for those who need to be near roads but not in vehicles – pedestrians and bicyclists – visit our pedestrian and bicycle accident blog. It covers things like how to choose a bike helmet, and how to prevent bicycle and walking accidents, and more.

For more in depth information about your rights as an injured cyclist, call Cordisco & Saile LLC today at 215-642-2335.