It’s that time of year. The trees are full of leaves again, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming. Not to mention, National Bike Month is here! For those of you that don’t ride on a regular basis, it’s great motivation to ditch your car keys, dust off your Schwinn, and pedal your day away.
We, at KEEN, try our hardest to enjoy nature and reduce the impact we have on our playground. I love my car as much as the next guy. It takes me to the great outdoors, and to the corners of the country. But it also takes me to the grocery store down the street, too often.
Just under 2% of Americans commute on their bicycles to work daily, while the average American lives less than 5 miles from their work. The average number of barrels of oil consumed daily in America is 17 million, while only 47% of that is consumed while driving — an estimated $24 billion dollars annually spent during traffic jams alone.
We all have to do our part, and luckily riding our bikes is a lot of fun.
If you’re wondering what you can do to spread the word about Bike Month in your community, or if there are any events near you, our friends over at the League of American Bicyclists are providing bike loads of information for ways to get the word out and get connected. From New York to Portland, from fashion shows in NYC to fundraising rides in Santa Cruz, from kid’s classes to bike polo; there’s plenty to get involved with this month. All you need to do is get out there. Will you?