What is National Bike Month?

National Bike Month is celebrated each year in May and is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.  National Bike Month was established in 1956 and evolved from the first Bike to Work Day, organized by the League of American Bicyclists, which is part of Bike to Work Week.  National Bike Month is celebrated in towns and cities across the US.

Here is a list of the most popular National Bike Month events:

  • Bike to Work Week scheduled for the week of May 11-15 in 2015.
  • Bike to Work Day is on May 15th this year.
  • Bike to School Day is May 6th.
  • Cyclofemme is celebrated on Mother’s Day.
  • The Ride of Silence, honoring those who have been injured or killed while riding, will be held on May 20th.
  • And The National Bike Challenge kicks off on May 1st and runs through September 30th.

What is the League of American Bicyclists?

The League of American Bicyclists began in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen.  The founding meeting was in Newport, R.I.  From the beginning, the League has been dedicated to defending the rights of cyclists, and cycling education and advocacy.   Some of the most famous members of the League of American Wheelmen were John D Rockefeller, the Wright Brothers, and Diamond Jim Brady.  As one of the League’s most notable early accomplishments, the League is credited with getting paved roads in the USA before automobiles became popular.  These days the League of American Bicyclists is the founder of and organizes the National Bike Summit, promotes National Bike Month, offers certification for Cycling Instructors, and much more.

Who’s riding?

Each year the League compiles and analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau findings on national bike commuting trends in a report:  “Where We Ride.”  The most recent report was compiled from 2013 data.  Here are a few of the findings:

Top 5 Cities with the Most Bicyclists Riding their Streets:

New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Portland OR; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL

States Which Experienced an Increase of Over 100% in Growth in the Number of Cyclists Commuting:

Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia

Top 5 Cities with the Highest Percentage of Bicycle Commuters:

Portland, OR; Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA

Top 5 Cities with the Highest Share of Bicyclists:

Davis, CA; Boulder, CO; Palo Alto, CA; Berkeley, CA; Somerville, MA

Top 5 Cities where Bike Commuting is Growing the Fastest:

Washington, DC; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Detroit, MI; Portland, OR

Largest Cities with the Highest share of Non-Drivers:

New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA

More detailed information can be found on the League of American Bicyclists’ website and in the report “Where We Ride” compiled and reported by the League.

As cycling becomes more popular as a commuting option, fitness activity, and adventure/leisure activity, it’s great that there are organizations advocating for cyclist’s education and safety.  Bike lanes and bike paths make for a better community and a better ride!  National Bike Month is a great time to find out what’s going on in local biking communities.

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