Tomorrow marks the start of National Bike Month 2013; the entire month of May is dedicated to all things cycling, including biking to work.  There are a bevy of bike month events that challenge employees to skip the car and pedal their way to work instead.  Biking to work is good for the environment and good for your health.

In New Jersey, TransOptions is hosting the third annual Bike to Work Challenge.  Just register for the event on the official challenge website and begin logging your commutes starting May 1.  Do you work too far away from home to make the entire commute by bike?  No problem; you can still participate.  Drive to a local park and ride location, drop off the car, put your bike on a bus or train and then use the bike for the final leg of your office commute.

There is also a national event, the 2013 National Bike Challenge.  This challenge isn’t specific to biking to work, it is also designed to encourage bike riding for recreational purposes.  The national challenge runs through September 30, 2013 and the event organizers have a lofty goal of 50,000 participants putting in more than 20 million biking miles over the course of the five-month challenge.

In addition to National Bike Month, National Bike to Work Week is May 13 – 17, 2013 and the official Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17, 2013.  If you can’t participate in a month-long bike challenge, consider taking up the eco-friendly commute for a week or even a day.

Although the official national Bike to Work Day event is on Friday, May 17, some communities have set aside a different day for this event including San Francisco.  The city by the bay has designated Thursday, May 9, 2013 as its Bike to Work Day.  If you’re unsure when your city celebrates this day, contact a local cycling shop as these locally owned businesses usually have their fingers on the pulse of the local biking community.

Are you planning to bike to work during National Bike Month?

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