Want to lose weight, save money and help the environment? Ride a bike.
Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, every May since the year 1956 has been called National Bike Month. In the past decade, there has been a 47 percent increase in U.S. bicycle commuting, according to the American Community Survey (latest data 2011).
The 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report says a large percentage of commuters bike and walk to work in Alaska, Oregon, Montana, New York and Vermont, among other states.
Some biking events on the calendar for May include:
- National Bike to Work Day: May 16
- National Bike to Work Week: May 12-16
- Ride of Silence, slow-paced ride in honor of those injured or killed while cycling on public roads: May 21
Here’s a closer look at some facts behind bicycling from The League of American Bicyclists:
- Bicycle commuting burns an average of 540 calories per hour.
- The average person loses 13 lbs in the first year of commuting by bike.
- A daily 4-mile bike commute will save about 66 gallons of fuel per year.
- In Washington D.C., 83 percent of Capital Bikeshare users are more likely to patronize a business if it’s located near a Bikeshare station.
- Bicycling just 20 miles per week reduces women’s risk of heart disease by 50 percent.