Bike to Work Day is an initiative to lower our impact on the environment. The League of American Bicyclists created and holds National Bike Month (established in 1956) every year, but the biggest day of the month is Bike to Work Day. Out of the 51 largest U.S. cities, 43 hosted Bike to Work Day events in 2010.
You are probably asking yourself what the numbers look like when it comes to biking commutes - a 2012 study showed Copenhagen has one of the highest percentages of its residents commuting by bike, a whopping 37 percent. Whereas, a 2015 study showed major cities in the United States is less than one percent. However, from 2005-2013: across the board - all 50 states in the U.S. there has been a 46 percent increase of commuting by bike.
There is great evidence that shows replacing more car commutes with bike commutes would benefit the environment. A 2015 study by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy concluded that an increase of about 20 percent in cycling worldwide could “cut carbon dioxide emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11 percent in 2050.”
Tips for Bicyclists from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
Always wear a properly-fitted helmet that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.
Check your bike equipment before heading out: check for proper fit and function including tires, brakes, handlebars, and seats.
Ride in the same direction as traffic as a vehicle on the road.
Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings; signal all turns; and follow local laws.
Be predictable; ride in a straight line and use hand signals when changing lanes or turning.
Stay focused; look ahead for traffic and obstacles in your path.
Be visible: wear bright colors, reflective materials and lights on your bicycle at night and in low light conditions.
Stay alert: don’t use electronic devices.
Ride safe; riding impaired by alcohol or drugs affects your judgment and skill; it affects your safety and others on the road
Bike to Work Day
This day isn’t just a good way to help lower our impact on the environment, but to also establish healthy lifestyle habits, connect with our community, and find new hobbies and make new friends. Plan your own local event - The League of American Bicyclists share some tips and how to do it yourself.