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May 8, 2014

Milledgeville club embracing National Bike Month

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Bicycling Club of Milledgeville (BCM) has numerous engaging events planned for National Bike Month.

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

With more than half of the U.S. population living within five miles of their workplace, bicycling has become a feasible and fun way to get to the office.  

As the interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options increases, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. has grown by more than 47 percent in the last 10 years.

Hundreds of American communities have increased bicycle commuters by working to create a more Bicycle Friendly America through use of encouragement programs and events, like Bike to Work Day. Of the 51 largest U.S. cities, 43 held Bike to Work Day events in 2010.  

The National Bike Challenge runs through the end of September as well. The goal is 50,000 riders and 30 million miles, May 1- Sept. 30.

In 2013, more than 30,000 riders logged nearly 19 million miles in the second year of this friendly online competition.

Here is a list of local options coordinated by the Bicycling Club of Milledgeville:

• Month of May, National Bike Challenge

Milledgeville and the Bicycling Club have always made a great showing for this event and placed high in both state and national rankings. This year the local club wants to be even better.  

In order to encourage riders to not only get out and ride their bikes, but to also log their rides with the challenge, the bicycling club will give away prizes to riders who join the competition.  

For every day that a competitor rides their bike, they will receive 20 points plus 1 point for each mile.  For each of these 20-point rides, their name will be entered once into the prize drawing.  

A June 2 prize drawing at Oconee Outfitters includes a free bicycle tune-up from Oconee Outfitters, BCM club jersey, free entry into BCM ride, GA Bikes Pannier (with BCM April Fools Ride logo on it), cycling jacket and an Oconee Outfitters gift certificate.

• Bike to Work Week (May 12-16)

During National Bike to Work week, the Bicycling Club of Milledgeville will host a local competition to encourage more riders to use their bicycles for transportation by commuting to work.  BCM will award the top five commuters for the week with a $15 gift certificate for RoadID. The top commuter for the week will also receive a $25 gift certificate to Dough Boys Pizza in downtown Milledgeville.

• Ride to City Hall (May 16)

Riders will commute to downtown Milledgeville and meet in front of City Hall at noon, where Mayor Richard Bentley will deliver a proclamation for National Bike Month. After the proclamation, will receive a buy one get one free coupon for Gringos' tacos.

• Ride of Silence (May 21)

The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event meant to honor those cyclists injured or killed in a cycling accident. The 7 p.m. ride, starting and ending at Oconee Outfitters, will consist of an approximately 5-mile loop throughout town. Riders will wear black or red armbands to honor those who have fallen or been injured.

• BATTY Ride (May 30)

The BATTY ride, Bikes Are Traffic Too, Y'all, is an awareness ride in and around downtown Milledgeville at 7 p.m. Cyclists will stay together along the route, obeying all traffic laws to show that bikes belong on the road just the same as any other vehicle. The 5-mile route also starts and ends at Oconee Outfitters. Afterwards the BCM will host a National Bike Month Social immediately after the ride at Metropolis Café with appetizers and drinks for all club members from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

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