May Is National Bike To Work Month

May is National Bike to Work Month.   In 2017, Bike to Work Week will be May 15-19, with Bike to Work Day on May 19.

40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons to ride.

One of the greatest benefits of biking to work is that you may live longer.  In fact, a newspaper article entitled  You May Live Longer if You Bike to Work reported the findings of a  British Medical Journal study that followed more than 260,000 people over five years and found cycle commuters had a 46 percent lower risk of developing heart disease and a 52 percent lower risk of dying from it.

As part of National Bike to Work Week, there will be three public open houses conducted across the county to discuss and gather public input into the Uintah County Trails Master Plan.  They will be held on the following date and locations:

  • Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM @ the Lapoint Fire Station

  • Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM @ Ballard Town Hall

  • Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM @ the USU Uintah Basin – Vernal

So, regardless of whether you want to ride your bike to work or you just want to enjoy a walk around your neighborhood come offer your input in how local trails and routes in Uintah County are planned for and implemented.

Check out our interview on KLCY regarding Bike To Work Month.

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