May is National Bike Month, the perfect time to celebrate the sport we know and love.
Established in 1956, National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and is an opportunity to showcase bike safety and the benefits of bicycling, while encouraging people to give it a try.
As communities from coast to coast hold events and activities, we are celebrating by sharing some important safety tips, 3 great benefits of bicycling, and community events going on in and around Orange County.
We hope you’ll take the time to get out on your bike this month and share your appreciation of cycling with someone new.
Bike Safety Tips
First up, some safety reminders. At Bike Legal, we help clients who have been in cycling accidents to recover and get the settlements they need to move on with their lives. Trust us when we say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While the sport is fun and has many benefits, it also presents risks. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
- Always obey traffic laws
- Stay alert
- Wear a helmet
- Make yourself visible
- Use hand signals when riding in traffic
- Make sure your bike is in good working condition
By riding responsibly, you can reap all of the positive benefits of riding a bike.
Benefits of Cycling
Why ride? Here are three great reasons.
It makes you healthier
Consistent riding will improve your overall fitness level by improving bone strength, mood, stress levels, joint mobility, muscle strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and more. Plus, it’s fun, and who couldn’t use a little more fun in their lives?
2. It saves you money
By riding your bike instead of driving a car or paying for transportation, you can keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket. Further, once you have a bike, it is a free way to entertain yourself.
3. It helps the environment
Riding a bike has practically no carbon footprint and does not cause pollution. While it might not be practical for every trip, if more people substitute car trips for bike trips, we can become more environmentally- and eco-friendly.
Now, let’s take a look at how you can join in the fun of Bike Month and even win some prizes!
2018 Bike Month Events and Drawings
The Orange Country Transportation Authority is celebrating Bike Month with a number of activities to promote the benefits of improving your health, eliminating the cost of driving, and helping the environment. Here’s how you can participate:
Pledge to Ride and Win
If you pledge to ride your bike at any time during the month of May, you will be entered to win:
- $100 gift card
- Movie tickets
- A 30-day bus pass
- A 30-day Metrolink pass or Waze Carpool package
- Trek 2 FX bike
- Morpher Helmet
May 14-18: Bike to Work Week
May 14th to 18th is the national bike-to-work week, where Americans are encouraged to change up their morning commutes by riding their bicycles to work.
May 16: Ride of Silence
The ‘Ride of Silence’ is a silent ride meant to honor those who have lost their lives or been seriously injured while cycling. Rides are scheduled across the country. Groups will be taking off around 7 p.m. from locations in Orange, Irvine, and Fullerton.
May 17: OCTA Bike Rally
OCTA is hosting its sixth annual bike rally which will begin at 7:30 a.m. and go until 9 a.m.
Start point: Orange Metrolink Station
End point: OCTA Headquarters
May 18: Bike to Work Day
As the finale of bike-to-work week, May 18th is the official bike-to-work day. If you are going to choose one day to commute via bicycle, this should be it.
Join Bike Legal in Celebrating Bike Month 2018
Cycling has many benefits for individuals, the community, and the environment. May is the month for us to bring attention to the activity while connecting with others for a positive purpose. We hope you will come out to participate and also remember to stay safe while out on the road.
If you have any questions about bike laws, safety or been in an accident, our team at Bike Legal is here to help. We are avid cyclists and bicycle lawyers. We have a deep understanding of the sport and the laws that protect injured cyclists.