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Ride to work this week and celebrate 61

by Ruth Kaser for Cycling Articles

It is a N.A.C.I.T.S.*(* Not a cloud in the sky), kind of day. What a great start to Bike to Work Week! The entire month of May is celebrated as National Bicycle Month. Did you know that National Bicycle Month turns 61 this year?  It was in 1956 it was established by the League of American Bicyclists. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

The Friday of Bike to Work Week is National Bike to Work Day. This years date is May 19. As the Harvard Medical School says, biking is easy on the joints, provides an aerobic workout, builds muscle and bone density, and makes tasks such as walking, standing and climbing stairs easier. It might also keep you alive longer. A study in last month’s British Medical Journal found that cycling to work was associated with decidedly lower mortality rates when compared to those who drove or took public transportation. The study followed more than 260,000 people over five years and found cycle commuters had a 46 percent lower risk of developing heart disease and a 52 percent lower risk of dying from it. They had a 40 percent lower risk of dying from cancer and a 45 percent lower risk of developing it at all.

We have had some great riding weather recently, hopefully you have had a chance to get a ride or two in prior to this week. If this weeks riding is the first time your bicycle tires will see the outside be sure to inspect your bicycle prior to the start of your ride.


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