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Ride a Bike!
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"The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind." ~ William Saroyan, American dramatist and author
Did you know that May is National Bike Month? Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists (http://bikeleague.org/bikemonth) and established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more people to give biking a try.

The League's site gives you promotional materials, event planning guidance, and many other resources to help you become a cycling enthusiast. For instance, did you know that the number of bicyclists is growing rapidly from coast to coast? The National Household Travel Survey showed that the number of trips made by bicycle in the U.S. more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009, and the number keeps growing.

Bikes cut down on emissions by six percent. You can get through traffic 50 percent faster than if you are driving a car. Cyclists are usually healthier by virtue of the exercise they get from biking. Cycling doesn't cause noise pollution, saves forests because bicycle tires require much less rubber than car tires, not to mention fewer natural resources in total during the manufacturing process, keeps land space free (less room needed for parking), and helps save animals, unlike cars which kill thousands of animals each year on the road.

And if you're concerned about safety, Bicyclesafe.com has real-world safety tips and collision diagrams to help you avoid being hit while cycling. Of course it goes without saying that every cyclist must wear a helmet. Helmets can be outfitted with mirrors and lights to further ensure your safety while cycling.

Just starting your bicycling adventure? Here are some great tips on the eight most common mistakes beginner bicyclists make. 

Get out there and enjoy National Bike Month!

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