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May is National Bike Month

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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Celebrate the benefits of bicycling at Florida’s state parks and trails throughout May.

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is celebrated all throughout America this month. First established in 1956, National Bike Month offers an opportunity to showcase the benefits of bicycling and encourages avid bicyclists and non-bicyclists to get outside and ride a bike. Biking not only preserves personal health, but also promotes health for the environment.

The most important day of National Bike Month is Bike to Work Day on May 16. Statistics show that more than half of the United States population lives within five miles of their workplace. With interests in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options increasing, the number of bicycle commuters has grown 47 percent in 11 years.

During the month, bikers can participate in the National Bike Challenge, which unites bicyclists and encourages new riders to take part. It serves as a free and easy way to personally challenge yourself, colleagues or community to ride more often and allows you to compete on a local, state and national level.

Last year, more than 30,000 bikers rode almost 19 million miles in the 2nd annual National Bike Challenge. The goal for 2014 set by the League of American Bicyclists is aimed for 50,000 riders and more than 30 million miles of pedaling between May 1 and Sept. 30.

Whether you choose to pedal alone, with a friend or with your community, you can sign up and join the more than 12,000 riders already signed up for the event at the National Bike Challenge homepage.

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