What is Bike to Work Week? It is a voluntary commuter challenge started in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists designed to encourage everyone throughout the US to ride their bicycles to and from work for one week out of the year. Each year in Ohio, the program becomes more and more popular and sees an ever increasing number of participants. Last year in Columbus alone, participants logged 5,209 trips totaling 30,057 miles!
Several regions around the state feature a month full of activities including workshops, clinics, tours, and block parties. Many area businesses offer free food along with discounts on their merchandise. Ceremonies and celebrations occur in many areas of the state and awards are given to the company and/or individual who logged the most rides and/or miles. To find events in your area check out the Bike to Work Links on the right side of this page.
Why should you bike to work? Aside from the free food and prizes, this is a great way to reintroduce yourself to riding again! Participating in a larger group setting will give you the skills you need to feel safe commuting on streets and on off-road facilities. The workout you’ll get is great for your physical health and helps to make you more alert and mentally active. While being a great way to help the environment, it also saves you money!
First and foremost: Be safe!
Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop
Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash
Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are traveling
Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings
Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act
Be visible at all times; wear bright clothing and equip your bike with front and rear lights