Bike Month

BIKE TO WORK WEEK, MAY 14-18, 2018                                     

May is National Bike Month. Take the challenge by biking to work! Richland Public Health’s Communities Preventing Chronic Disease Program invites the public to take part in National Bike to Work Week, May 14 through May 18.

In partnership with Richland Moves! and Linden Road Presbyterian Church, the featured events throughout the week are focused on bike safety and awareness, all leading up to Bike to Work Day on May 18.  In an effort to build a more bike-friendly community, this annual event is a step towards encouraging an active lifestyle.

Here’s the Schedule for the Week:

Monday, May 14   (all 2018 Events)

  • Bicycling Basics and Safety Education in the Community Room at the Main Branch of the Mansfield Richland County Public Library at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15

  • Slow Roll group bike ride starting from the Richland Public Health Parking lot at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16

  • Ride of Silence with Cycling Sports Center. Group ride in silence to honor individuals that have been killed while riding. Starting from Cycling Sports Center at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 17

  • Slow Roll South group bike ride starting from Y-Not Cycling at 6 p.m.
  • On-Road Bicycling Education Ride. Starting from Mind Body Align at 6 pm. Registration required. To register call Ellen at 419-774-3542 or email eclaiborne@richlandhealth.org

Friday, May 18  

  • Bike to Work Day!
  • Is work too far for you to commute by bike? Park your car at the Linden Road Presbyterian Church location (160 South Linden Road, Mansfield) and ride your bike the rest of the way into work.
  • Pick up your “swag bag” at Linden Road Presbyterian Church. Bags have healthy snacks and other goodies, including your 2018 “Bike to Work” reflective bike sticker.

10 Reasons to Bike to Work

  1. Fun!

Biking to work is fun, plain and simple. Biking to work allows you integrate that simple feeling of exhilaration into your daily grind.

  1. Fitness

Biking to work is good for you. Cycling improves cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy, builds muscle, and improves coordination.

  1. Happiness

Biking to work makes you happier. Numerous studies have shown that daily exercise can reduce stress, alleviate symptoms of depression, improve sleep patterns for individuals with insomnia, and reduce anxiety.

  1. Brain-power

Biking to work makes you smarter. Research has proven that moderate, daily exercise can prevent cognitive decline, sharpen memory and learning, and improve overall brain performance.

  1. Money

Biking to work saves you money. Lots of money. Think gasoline, car repair and maintenance, insurance, parking.

  1. Money Again

Not only does biking to work save you money, it saves everyone money. It can lead to lower healthcare costs

  1. Fresh Air

For you and others! The transportation sector accounts for nearly 30 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions, with cars and trucks delivering nearly 1/5th of those emissions. While a solo driver in an average North American vehicle releases about 1.2 pounds of C02 per mile, the average cyclist releases only 0.7 grams through respiration.

  1. Convenience

One of the most common misconceptions about biking to work is that it’s inconvenient. But what’s more inconvenient than spending 10 minutes looking for parking every morning or getting stuck in an unexpected roadblock on the way? Panniers and cycling bags make carrying your work materials easy, and many workplaces are now including secure bike parking, showers, and other facilities to make things even easier for employees who cycle to work.

  1. Safety

The more cyclists there are on the roads, the safer they will be. As more people ride in a given city, the number of collisions between drivers and people riding bikes decreases in absolute terms in that city. Driver behavior actually changes to include safer driving practices when the number of cyclists and pedestrians increases. Because the perception of the relative safety of cycling improves with a decrease in collisions, more people then begin riding bikes. Virtuous cycle!

  1. Freedom

For most kids, the moment that they first lose the training wheels and go flying down the road on their bicycle feels like freedom. It is a defining moment of many happy childhoods. Then the teenage years roll around and the car comes to define a new sense of freedom. But after a few years and far too many hours wasted in traffic jams or circling a city block looking for parking, the car begins to feel more like a prison. Toss off the shackles and find that feeling of freedom again. Explore the city at your own pace, try a new route, stop for coffee on the way to work and check out a new neighborhood on your way home. Cycling opens up avenues, both literal and figurative, to see your city in a whole new way. It’s your community, go live in it!

Questions or Comments?

Have a question about Bike to Work Week? Contact Community Health & Prevention Sciences.