What’s not to love about May? Spring flowers, budding trees, longer days, warmer weather…. and it’s National Bike Month!
I’ve written so much about bikes that I fear anything I have to say here will be redundant. But as we wax on about all of the seemingly intractable societal ills – global warming, pollution, traffic accidents, road rage, obesity, runaway health care costs, a flailing economy, an energy crisis, declining social connectedness, foreign wars – I am continually inspired that there is a simple, humble solution for all the above. Bicycles.
They are the perfect technology – cheap, easy to ride, energy efficient, and emission free. They require far fewer resources to produce than automobiles, and they can even be made of renewable materials like bamboo. Most people can learn to ride one, and doing so keeps the body healthy and the mind sharp. Plus, in my experience, bicycling has a way of inspiring that cheerful enthusiasm for life the French call joie de vivre.
I tend to favor vintage and urban bikes with kid seats and baskets overflowing with flowers and fresh vegetables. But really, all bikes are cool. So here’s to May! I’ll be celebrating the way I do everyday – by choosing two wheels over four. How about you?
Want some inspiration? Here’s a round up of some of my favorite bike stuff on the web:
- Alliance for Biking and Walking
- Bicycle Transportation Alliance
- Bikes Belong
- League of American Cyclists
- National Center for Biking and Walking
- One Street
- Other advocacy groups
- People for Bikes
Beautiful Urban Biking Blogs:
Awesome bicycling families:
- Carfree Family
- Carfree with Kids
- Four on a Quarter
- Full Hands
- Organic Haus
- Spokes for Folks
Inspiration for the bicycle way of life:
- Bicycle Movies
- David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries
- Inspiring Bike Quotes
- A Visual Poem to Biking : If I Ride
- Where Are You Go
Some of my writings about bikes:
- Adults on Bikes
- Bamboo Bicycles
- Bicycle Love
- Car-Free With Four Kids!
- Confessions From the Car-Free Life
- Kidical Mass!
- When Bicycle Trailers Are Outlawed…
How are you celebrating National Bike Month?