Friday, May 1, 2009

Riding the Trails

Hard to believe it's May already? I am. April flew by on my calendar in a total blur, whether it was from slightly improved weather conditions (I had had enough of winter) or just busy every week and weekend while not training for a particular race or having an event to attend. While I am a little sad that April sped by, I am looking forward to one event in particular that May brings. And it's an excuse for me to ride my two wheels and keep the car in the garage.

May marks the League of American Bicyclists National Bike Month, promoting a bicycle-friendly environment across the country. The fun with this is that several cities get involved with their own programming to encourage cycling to work and for play. Think events like Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day, community bike rides and races, workshops that often included fixing flats or simple bike maintenance, contests and more.

For any Chicagoans out there, you have to wait until June for the bike celebrating to begin, but no worries, the city and the Active Transportation Alliance (formerly known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation) go all-out with the events and cycling opportunities. And the city celebrates cycling beginning now and lasting through September, encouraging residents and visitors to bike the Lakefront, tour the city via bike, cycle to festivals with convenient bike valets and more. For everyone else, the fun starts as early as this weekend with bike valets at farmer's markets, bike commuter safety courses, mountain biking outings, bike maintenance and tuning workshops, and century rides. The League of American Bicyclists has compiled a great list of resources with events across the country.

With the weather promising to be nice here at home and my bike finally tuned, I think I'm ready to hit the roads. Will you? Posted by Kate

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