With the rise of gas prices and the health-conscious society in which we now live, riding bike has become a popular alternative to other types of travel.
The month of May is National Bike Month here in the United States. In collaboration with the designated Bike Month, people are urged to ditch the car and ride a bike to work for the month.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the number of Americans commuting by bike has grown by 47 percent in the last 13 years.
Not only is riding a bike to work healthier and easier on your wallet, it will also save valuable parking spaces for the businesses downtown and aid in clearing congested streets.
Having been stuck inside for the past few months because of extreme cold and blizzards, now is a great time to get your bike out of storage and explore a green St. James.
There is plenty to see in this late spring. Trees have begun to bud and the rivers and lakes haven’t dried up from summer drought.
The St. James area offers a wide variety of bike routes – from paths that lead around lakes to paths that lead from city to city.
Safety gear should be worn at all times when riding a bike. The Mayo clinic Bicycle Safety Rally is being held this Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. James Federal Bank.
Education and activities, and the sale of bike helmets at a discounted price will be available at the event. Events include a bicycle obstacle course, lessons in safety skills and door prizes. This year’s event is sponsored by Minnesota Jimmies 4-H Club and University of Minnesota Extension.
Join in the fun of National Bike Month and don’t forget to wear a helmet this May in St. James!