For all you bicycle enthusiasts out there, the winter is officially over! Spring means, dusting off your trusty steed (unless you brave the winter months) and hit the pavement.  In celebration of one of the cheapest forms of transportation, May is National Bike Month! National Bike Month actually began as a National Bike-to-Work Day, which turned to National Bike-To-Work Week and has now been extended to include the entire month of May! In 2009, Bike commuting was at an all time high and this year the trend is expected to rise.  With gas prices high, street congestion, worry about the environment, and exercise needs, many people are jumping on the bicycle bandwagon. It is pretty encouraging to see year after year the numbers increase and with the recent announcement about transportation policy changes, the hopes of many bicycle lovers have multiplied.

If you are an avid cyclist, an occasional rider, or even a beginner, next week is a very exciting week. May 17th through May 21st is National Bike-To-Work Week. People all over the country are leaving their cars in the dust for a healthy and less pollutant way to commute to work. This nationwide community event will flood the streets of this country with bikes and send a message that it is possible to find other means of transportation than oil based cars. With the oil leak stunning us all in the Gulf, taking a stand with alternative transportation is imperative.  To learn more about commuting to work, check out this Guide to Bike To Work Week put out by the League of American Bicyclists.

Celebration of National Bike Month has also gone local. Cities and towns across the country are holding their own events in celebration of the month, including some bike shops offering free tune ups and bike parades. Some even host their own webpages such as Bike Month NYC and LA County Bicycle Coalition.    To find a local event in your area the League of American Bicyclists has put together a National Bike Month events page. If you don’t find anything in your area listed, as they don’t cover all areas, try a quick Google search for a local Bicycle Coalition or Club or even a stop into a neighborhood bike shop might do the trick!  If you are still unsure how to spend your Bicycle Month of May, read this handy guide titled, How to Celebrate National Bike Month.

Whether you cycle in to work one, seven, or thirty days this month, any ride is considered a vote with the wind.  If the recent oil accident, rising oil costs, wars, and climate change aren’t reasons enough for you to at least try out a bicycle commute, then think of your health! Biking to work is a great form of exercise and takes the same amount of time or sometimes an even faster route than commuting by car, especially if your area is bumper to bumper. Please participate this year and hopefully a positive cycling experience this month will lead to a continual commute for you. So hop up on that steed, slap on your helmet, and ride into the wind…

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The annual fundraiser for our local Boston based organization, Bikes Not Bombs is rapidly approaching! Every year Bikes Not Bombs holds a fundraiser: Bike-A-Thon and after party: Green Roots Festival! This year it will be held on Sunday June 7th! There are 3 different races going on this year: 15 mile, 25 Mile, and for the avid rider the 62 Mile! The purpose of the race is to raise money for the organization and all the great work they do! Pre-registration is required to race, don’t worry there is still time! But if you are looking to support the organization or just wanting to partake in the activities, you are welcome to come watch the riders or come for the big after-party celebration,  Green Roots Festival. There will be food, vendors (including AP), environmental information, speakers, live music, and children’s activities. Everyone is welcome to the festival and it is of course free!

In case you are curious who exactly is Bikes Not Bombs and what do they do, we will lay it all out for you. Bikes Not Bombs was founded 25 years ago and has been promoting economic and environmental stability in the lower income Boston neighborhoods as well as international communities. They are also active in Boston youth and promoting bicycling as an alternative to war and environmental destruction. If you want to learn more about their mission and work both in the local community and abroad, check out their About Us information or the video below.

If you are as impressed as we are with this organization, there are many ways to get involved. If you can not make the event, think about volunteering with them, set up a bike drive or donate to a drive, buy a great recycled bike from their Bike Shop, or get your repairs done at their shop! There are hundreds of ways to get involved with this great organization, so check them out today!

And we really hope to see you at the Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival this Sunday! We love to support them and are a vendor at this year’s festival. So come on by,  support at great group, and say hello to us. Bike on!

WHEN: SUNDAY JUNE 7th, 2009
(Raindate June 14th)

WHERE: In the park in front of the Stony Brook T station
Boylston & Lamartine Streets, Jamaica Plain
12:00 – 5:30 pm


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