May is National Bike Month. Bikes are a healthy, affordable, efficient and FUN form of transportation. In fact, riding your bike is one of the easiest, most fun climate-changing actions you can take. You can ride your bike anywhere; the park, work, school, the store or just for fun – it’s amazing what a little fresh air can do for you and the climate. Let this month motivate you. Let’s get riding!
May 9th – Bike to School Day
May 14th -18th – Bike to Work Week
May 18th – Bike to Work Day
Tips to help get you started:
- For those wanting to commute to work, the Sierra Club has a great Bike Commuting Resources page.
- The League of American Bicyclists also offers a Ride Better page that lays out the “Rules of the Road” and commuting tips to making riding fun and safe for all new and returning riders. They also have bike maintenance and fix-it info.
- Our biggest safety tip as you embark on your bicycle adventures, WEAR A HELMET (please!). We know it can be tough for kids to keep their helmets on, so here are some “cool” helmets we’ve come across that just might be worthy of keeping on. Make it fun, let them pick one out that they like, one that they may find “fashionable”. Make sure you have your helmet too. If mom and dad are wearing one, they will be more apt to comply. You are their role models, so make it fun and safe for the whole family. Our favorite helmet brands include: Nutcase (lots of fun designs to choose from!), Bell and Giro. Yakkay also offers great, fashionable options for adults. Do you have a favorite? Please share!
National Bike Month has inspired Surf Sweets to take the month of May to train for Climate Cycle’s Ride to Recharge, June 16th and 17th. Climate Cycle is a not-for-profit that provides curriculum for renewable energy education and raises funds for solar panel installations in Chicago, to which Surf Sweets donates one percent of the sales of its Gummy Bears and Sour Berry Bears Snack Pack multi-packs. We look forward to taking this challenge and coming together to help our students and schools go green. If you’re in the Chicago area, click here to learn more about the Ride to Recharge.