Happy National Bike Month

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I don’t suppose National Bike Month is a celebration Hallmark even bothers with. Too bad. But if gas prices continue to climb, every month might soon become Bike Month.

Despite what temperatures may indicate (we're having a heat wave in Los Angeles and it's snowing in Minneapolis), spring really is on its way! With the start of National Bike Month we thought we'd share some tips and new cycling accessories to get you and your family ready for two-wheel transportation.

National Bike Month

National Bike Month Notes:

  • May 16 - 20, 2011 is officially "Bike to Work Week" and Friday, the 20st is the 17th annual "Bike to Work Day."
  • Sadly, there is also an official "Ride of Silence" to honor fallen cyclists--which is also a nationwide observance on May 20. Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.
  • The League of American Bicyclists promotes awareness of National Bike Month by offering "50 ways to celebrate bike month."

Cool Bike Accessories and Other Cycling Stuff

One cool take on promoting cycling is the Bike Valet in Santa Monica offering free valet-style parking of bicycles at the Sunday Main Street Farmer’s Market, Pier Twilight Dance Series and other public events throughout the City. Residents and visitors ride their bicycles to events, give their bicycle to a bike valet attendant and receive a claim check for their bicycle. The bicycles are then parked in the valet area and monitored by attendants. When a customer is ready to claim their bicycle, the bike valet takes the claim check and retrieves the bicycle.

Also in uber-hip Santa Monica is Bike Main Street every Friday night. Visit Main Street merchants on your bicycle and park it for free with the Bike Valet from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight (bike Valet located on the east side of Main Street between Ashland and Pier Avenue). Gotta love LA.

Follow hashtag #BikeMonth on Twitter to find out what people are up to around the country.

Ride on.

@jschonb

dare to dream

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