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National Bike to Work Day

Make a difference this National Bike to Work Day - reduce your carbon footprint and get fit with a fun and eco-friendly commute!
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It's time to get your bikes ready and join the celebration of National Bike to Work Day on the third Friday in May! This day has been around since 1956, when it was first created to promote cycling as a means of transportation. It is also a great way to raise awareness about the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle. Whether you're biking for exercise or commuting to work, this day is sure to be filled with fun and excitement. So grab your bike and get ready for a great ride!

History of National Bike to Work Day

National Bike to Work Day Dates

National Bike to Work Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1817</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Invention of the Bike</div><div class='timeline-text'>Karl Drais, a German inventor, designed the "Draisine", also known as the "running machine" or "hobby horse", the first form of a bicycle.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1868</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bicycle's First Race</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first recorded bicycle race took place in Paris, increasing popularity and awareness of bicycles as not only a means of transportation, but also a sport.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1956</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Bike to Work Day Establishment</div><div class='timeline-text'>The League of American Bicyclists established National Bike to Work Day to promote cycling as a viable means of commuting.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Height of Bike Boom</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the 1970s, due to environmental concerns and a surge in oil prices, biking saw a resurgence in popularity as an environmentally friendly means of transportation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bike Commuting Growth</div><div class='timeline-text'>According to U.S. Census data, the number of people commuting to work by bicycle increased by more than 60% over the first decade of the 21st century.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bike-Sharing Programs Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>Multiple cities across the U.S. launched bike-sharing programs, providing communities with accessible and affordable options for biking.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Bike to Work Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a route</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to plan out your route for biking to work. Make sure you are comfortable with the distance, terrain, and traffic. It is also a good idea to set aside extra time to account for any unexpected delays or obstacles.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Pack snacks</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Whether you are biking to work or just taking a leisurely ride, it is always a good idea to pack snacks along with you. This will give you energy throughout your ride and help keep you energized during your work day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Invite a friend</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Riding with a friend can make the experience more enjoyable. Invite a colleague or friend to join in your bike ride and take in the sights and sounds of the city together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Shop for gear</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you are new to biking or need some new gear, National Bike to Work Day is the perfect day to do some shopping. From helmets and lights to bags and locks, make sure you have all the safety equipment and tools needed for an enjoyable ride.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Reward yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>After a successful bike ride, reward yourself with something special. Whether it’s coffee, dessert, or just some time off from work, make sure you take some time to relax and enjoy your accomplishment.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Bike to Work Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It’s good for the environment</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By opting to bike instead of driving, you help reduce your carbon footprint. Not only will this make a difference to the environment, but it can also have long-term benefits for air quality and public health.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a great way to get exercise</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Instead of sitting in traffic, you can use National Bike to Work Day as an opportunity to fit in some exercise. Cycling is a great way to get your heart rate up and start your day on the right foot! Plus, it's fun and good for your mental health too.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It saves money</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Biking to work instead of driving can save you money in both the short and long term. You'll save on fuel costs, parking fees and car maintenance expenses. So grab your helmet, hop on those pedals and reap the financial benefits!</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for Bike-to-Work Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cycling Can Improve Your Sleep Quality</h3><p class='facts-content'>Regular physical activity like cycling can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Moreover, the ride's exposure to daylight helps get your circadian rhythm back in sync and also clears your mind, relieving stress.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Biking Boosts Brain Power</h3><p class='facts-content'>Riding a bike promotes new brain cells in the hippocampus — the region responsible for memory, learning and the rider’s sense of direction.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>More Businesses are Becoming Bike-Friendly</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many modern workplaces encourage biking by providing employees with bike storage, lockers, and showers. Some businesses even offer financial incentives for biking to work.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bicycles are a Means for Social Change</h3><p class='facts-content'>Bikes are used globally as a means to provide economical, efficient, and environmentally friendly transportation. In some developing countries, owning a bicycle can even mean having access to education, health care or employment opportunities.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cycling can lead to Lifetime Fitness and Health</h3><p class='facts-content'>As cycling is low impact, it is something that can be maintained for a lifetime. As we age, exercise becomes crucial. Cycling allows you to keep fit without putting excess strain on your joints, leading to long term health benefits.</p></div></div>

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