Did you know that May is bicycle awareness month? Of course you did! But you may have been asking yourself, “self, what can I do to celebrate bicycle awareness month?”
Well, I’ve thought of a two key ways:
1) Ride a bike! The weather is perfect – at least here in the great Garden state – what better way to enjoy it by taking a spin around the block or even head down to your local park for some two-wheeled recreation? The trees are in bloom, the sun is.. well.. sunny – I say get out there and enjoy yourself because not only is it a near-perfect form of exercise, it’s a great way to get to know yourself and your neighborhood. Support bicycle awareness by getting on a bike!
2) Support other people who ride bikes! First and foremost, please remember to give cyclists on the road at least 3-feet of clearance – and remember that’s not really that much.. Also, please know that (at least in NJ and NY) it’s illegal to ride on the sidewalk. Sidewalks are for pedestrians, not vehicles or bicycles.
Of course you can volunteer for your local cycling association (Trenton Cycling Revolution is an example here in Mercer County, Jerz) but you can also donate your old, unwanted bikes to organizations (i.e. Boys and Girls Club’s Bike Exchange )which will refurbish them and sell them at discounts with proceeds going to benefit the needy.
Another thing you can do – and I saved the best for last here, so stick with me – is donate a few bucks to the Adventure Cycling Association’s effort to help build the U.S. Bicycle Route System.
Here is their text on the matter:
Why is the U.S. Bicycle Route System an important project for you and all cyclists?
U.S. Bike Routes will help bring the transformative power of cycling to more Americans, connecting cyclists across the U.S. with cities, transportation hubs, scenic and historic destinations through existing (and new) infrastructure; these routes will be numbered, mapped, and officially recognized by state and federal government agencies.
Adventure Cycling is working in partnership with dozens of federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofits, volunteers, and the U.S. Congress to build this visionary network, and the momentum behind it is simply phenomenal — 30 states are already working on U.S. Bicycle Routes!
The U.S. Bicycle Route System will be similar to the national and international systems blossoming across the globe (such as Euro Velo). You can learn more about this project at http://www.adventurecycling.org/usbrs.
All donations are tax deductible and will support Adventure Cycling’s organizing efforts and technical assistance for the U.S. Bicycle Route System.
**Now, forgive me for burying the lead, but you can double-whammy by helping to support me, support the USBRS!**
I started my own fundraising page as part of the ACA’s “Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It.” campaign and if I reach my fundraising goal of $500, they send me a super-cool-if-you’re-a-geek-like-me bike jersey.
If our team reaches this goal, I will take and post photographic evidence of me wearing this glorious bike jersey here on the Interwebs.
So, please – donate $10 today! You can help build something truly spectacular for cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy AND your donation could help post embarrassing photos of me in spandex.
Here is our team page: http://www.razoo.com/story/U-S-Bicycle-Route-System-3 or if you prefer offline donations, I can help set you up with a paper form – just let me know! :)
Please donate today!
Now let’s get out there and score some points!