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Time to take the bike for a spin - May is National Bike Month
(Sent: 2012-05-10 07:01:13)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Contact: Jessica Mortinger, transportation planner, (785) 832-3165
Time to take the bike for a spin – May is National Bike Month
(Lawrence, Kan.) – With spring in the air, the City of Lawrence announces that May is National Bike Month and May 14 - 18 is Bike to Work Week. The City of Lawrence would like to encourage all residents to experience the benefits of bicycling to work during this time and reminds bicyclists and motorists to safely share the road.
Why is bicycling a great activity? Bicycling is an inexpensive, convenient way to stay fit and healthy. The benefits of bicycling to work are numerous:
- The annual cost of operating a bike is just 2.5% that of a car. (American Public Transportation Association)
- Cycling is a moderate, low-impact, aerobic, physical activity suitable for all age groups. Since 25% of all trips are within a mile of home, it’s ideal to ride a bicycle for good health. (The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety)
- Just three hours of bicycling per week can reduce a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke by 50% (League of American Bicyclists)
Did you know…The City of Lawrence is also recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze Level since 2004. This designation is one with real meaning—it is difficult to earn and important to renew. For more information visit http://www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/bicycle_planning.
Need a great biking map? Get a copy of our Lawrence Bicycle Rideability Map for planning your routes. Pick one up at City Hall, 6E. 6th Street or view it online at http://www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/bikemap.
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