When I was a kid, I had a bicycle called the Desert Rose – it was pink and mauve and white with a huge banana seat and pink and white tassles on the handlebars. Oh, and a very cool bell. (It was very similar to the one pictured here, except shinier and with more bling – thanks to whoever is selling this one on Craigslist in Columbus, Ohio, for the photo.) I logged a ton of miles on that bike, and back then, I would have definitely loved to bike to work!
May is National Bike Month and to celebrate it The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has organized Bike to Work Week this week, May 17 to 21, 2010.
For many Atlantans, biking to work is not necessarily an option – sheer distance makes it difficult to commit to a bicycle commute. But it’s about more than just biking to work – it’s also about raising awareness of using bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation, both to aid the environment and to get more physically fit! The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is using Bike Month to encourage Atlantans to try riding to the park or the grocery store or the library, to get started biking or help a neighbor get started, or just sharing the simple enjoyment of a ride with friends and family. For a list of scheduled events during Bike to Work Week, you should visit the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s website.
And better yet, if you register to Bike to Work or to Bike There! (“There” is defined as work, school, church/synagogue/mosque, or just running errands or socializing), you can be eligible to win prizes. Why not take the pledge and help the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition reach their goal of signing up 1,000 people to bike to work on May 21!
I don’t own a bike now, but thinking back to my Desert Rose kind of makes me want to get one. And what better time than during National Bike Month?
WHERE: Bike to Work Week – May 17-21, 2010 – All around Atlanta!