April showers wash the roads clean in order for the month of May. May, of course, is National Bike Month.  For all of the avid cyclers, occasional bicyclists, or bike commuters this month is a celebration and will hopefully be used to bring awareness to the sport and lifestyle.  The month long celebration brings rides, races, tours, and culminates in a Bike to Work campaign. Every year National Bike Month has been growing, but this year it seems to be on fire.

Possibly due to the economy, rising gas costs, and the promotion of green living, bicyclists have risen almost to first class citizens. That’s a joke of course, but really the times are a’changin’. Cities around the country are adding bike lines and paths at a rapid pace. Even Republican Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently saidBikers have as much right to the streets as anybody driving a car and I am concerned about [their safety].”  With a profile politician like LaHood on the side of bikers, it seems everything is looking up!

It’s not just the politicians, but new exciting bicycle sharing programs are finally popping up in the United States.  Bike sharing has been running quite well in world class cities such as Montreal and Amsterdam. Last fall we did a great article about the San Francisco Bay Area creating the very first US regional bike sharing program. They will begin the program within a year. We were even more excited to hear a program coming closer to home. Boston recently announced they will be implementing their own bike share initiative this July.  Their new system will be called the Hubway and will include 600 bicycles which will grow to 5,000 in the next few years. This is going to be a wonderful way to get around the city!

We can’t help but be inspired by the support the bicycle movement is receiving. It is wonderful to have people all over the country and in high places take the bicycle as a viable transportation option. If you haven’t already, bust out your helmets and celebrate your freedom on your bike! For ideas on how to celebrate, check the League of American Bicyclists Bike Month Guide.