May 17 is Bike to Work Day! No excuses this year!

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Join the bike tribe

May is National Bike Month, and this Friday, May 17, is Bike to Work Day! If you already commute to work on your bike, that's great, just keep doing what you do. But if you don't, it's a great time to give it a try and see why so many swear by it. Your health, your wallet, and the environment will thank you!

Bike Month© League of American Bicyclists

If you are a bike newbie, here are some tips from the League:

Five Steps to Riding Better

1. Follow the Rules of the Road
• Ride with traffic and obey the same laws as motorists.
• Use the rightmost lane that heads in the direction
that you are traveling.
• Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs,
lights, and lane markings.
• Always look back and use hand and arm signals
to indicate your intention to stop, merge or turn.

2. Be Visible
• Ride where drivers can see you.
• Wear brightly colored clothing at all times.
• At night, use a white front light and red rear light
or reflector. Wear reflective tape or clothing.

3. Be Predictable
• Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between
parked cars.
• Make eye contact with motorists to let them
know you are there.
• Do not ride on the sidewalk.

4. Anticipate Conflicts
• Be aware of traffic around you and be prepared
to take evasive action.
• Learn braking and turning techniques to
avoid crashes.
• Be extra alert at intersections.

5. Wear a Helmet
• Make sure that the helmet fits on top of your
head, not tipped back or forward.
• After a crash or any impact that affects your
helmet, visible or not, replace it immediately.

Another tip: You can use Google Maps to plan bike trips. Here's a tutorial:

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But most importantly, enjoy!

Via League of American Bicyclists

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