May is National bike month and Richland Public Health is encouraging area residents to take part in events throughout the week focused on bike safety and awareness. Bike to Work Day is scheduled for Friday, May 18. In an effort to build a more bike-friendly community, this annual event is a step towards encouraging an active lifestyle.
Why bike to work?
It’s a gym on wheels. The average person loses 13 pounds the first year of commuting by bike, in addition to decreasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
It reduces stress. Bike commuters are 40% less tense in the hour after arriving to work than those who drive.
It’s good for the environment. A daily 4-mile commute will save about 66 gallons of fuel per year. Bike commuting can also save on parking fees, parking tickets, fuel costs, auto maintenance costs and transit fares.
It’s fun! Bicycling is an accessible means of physical activity for all ages. When used for travel to school or work it can seamlessly incorporate exercise into daily life.