May Is National Bike Month

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May Is National Bike Month

Since 1956, the League of American Bicyclists has designated May as the National Bike Month to encourage more people to ride bikes by getting the word out about the many benefits that come with cycling, hosting a variety of programs throughout the month, assisting people and/or communities and organizations to plan their own events, provide free promotional and educational materials, and provide facts about bicycle commuting data.

The biggest event that takes place during National Bike Month is the Bike to Work Day. This year the National Bike to Work Week is May 11-15. If you prefer to show your support in one day rather than a full week, May 15, 2015 is the National Bike to Work Day.

More than half of employees in the U.S. live within five miles of their workplace, making cycling a healthy, fun, economic and sustainable way to get back and forth to work. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent. Communities across the U.S. have helped grow the number of cyclists that commute to work through their participation in the Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day events. Many people who take part in their Bike to Work Day promotion as first-time commuters become regular bike commuters.

To find out how to get your community involved, read more and download free materials, visit the League of American Bicyclists website or contact Liz Murphy, Communications Director at liz @ bikeleague.org.

Remember when riding a bike, safety always come first.  According to a report prepared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of bicyclist fatalities in Florida has increased from less than 85 bicyclists killed in 2010, to close to 150 bicyclist fatalities in 2011. These numbers are extremely high, making Florida the most dangerous state in the entire country in which to ride a bike.  Find out why Bicycle Accidents All Too Common in Florida.

NHTSA has urged each state to develop and implement comprehensive bicycle safety programs that promote safe practices, and educates drivers to share the road with others. These safety practices are important to remember in light of Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day. Remember, when a bike and a car collide, the car usually wins!

Unfortunately, you can be the safest bicyclist out there and still end up in an accident. If this happens, and you have suffered an injury, or worse, the attorneys and staff at Wolf & Pravato, P.A. are ready to provide swift and immediate representation to ensure you receive the appropriate medical care and ultimate compensation to make you whole again.

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