Bike Month is a national celebration of the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons to ride, including:
- Efficient way to commute to work or school;
- Save money by not having to spend for gas;
- Can save time by avoiding traffic congestion;
- Health benefits – biking keeps you active and fit;
- Environmental benefits – Burns no fossil fuels to bike;
- Explore your community by seeing things from the seat of a bike you might not see while driving a car.
Many events are planned for Bike Month, including Bike to Work Day with the Mayor on May 17. The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Papa’s Grill parking lot on the west side of Columbus. The route is about 3 miles into downtown and will primarily use the People Trail along State Road 46. The route ends on Fourth Street, where breakfast will be served.
Other events scheduled for Bike Month begin May 2) with “Handlebar Happy Hour” from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Smith’s Row. The event offers the chance to socialize with other bicyclists while enjoying free appetizers. Laurence Brown, director of Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, will be speaking at the event.