Pedal the Peninsula – And Beyond!

With gas fast approaching $4 a gallon, now’s the perfect time to dust off your bike and hit the road. Not to mention, it’s National Bike Month – all the more reason to trade four wheels for two.

Organized by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is marking 55 years of encouraging people to ride bikes, know the rules of the road and to bike to work.

Here are few fun biking facts from the League of American Bicyclists:
– 1960s 10-speed becomes available to general public
– 1972 Bicycles outsell cars in US (13 million to 11 million)
– 1976 Mountain Biking as a sport is born
– 1984 Women cyclists compete for first time in Olympics
– 1986 Greg LeMond becomes first American to win Tour de France
– 1991 Congressional Bike Caucus is formed
– 1996 Bikes Belong Coalition founded

How can you get involved in National Bike Month?
– Bike to Work Week is May 16-20 and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20. It’s the perfect day try biking to work. You might just find you like it.
– Follow the hashtag #BikeMonth on Twitter to see what’s happening around the country.
– Check out the National Bike Month webpage for more ideas and web banners and logos you can download for your website or blog.

Locally, join us for a special biking event during Park Week. Be part of the Peninsula Pedal on Monday, May 9 and tour some local parks. The bike tour begins at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Beaufain Street and Ashley Avenue. Although all levels and bikes are welcome, this event is for adults only. The ride begins at Colonial Lake with stops at Cannon Park, Waterfront Park, and Chapel Street Fountain Park. The Conservancy’s resident cyclist, Kellen Goodell, will lead participants on a scenic ride with prizes and giveaways along the way. There also will be a brief bicycle safety talk to review the rules of the road. Free.

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