Many local people, experienced cyclists and those new to cycling are expected to hit the streets on Thursday, May 16, for Bike to Work Day, the centerpiece in a month of events promoting bicycling.
“Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out. And this year, with gasoline prices as high as they are, biking to work makes more sense than ever,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists.
During the morning Bike-to-Work pit stop, local riders will be greeted by volunteers at Bicycle John’s Lancaster, where they will receive refreshments, help with mechanical problems or flat tires, and lots of encouragement.
LA Metro is providing Pit Stop giveaways, such as Metro bike maps, Clif Bars, patch kits to repair flats, “Watch for Bikes” car window clings, “Every Lane is a Bike Lane” bumper stickers and RydeSafe reflective decals.
The following are some tips that will help you enjoy biking to work more.
- Have your bike mechanically checked by a 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 travelling.
- Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings.
- Look before you change lanes or turn and indicate your intention by signaling.
- Wear bright clothing to be visible to motorists.
- Be predictable riding your bike at all times.
The Antelope Valley High Desert Cyclists was founded in 2005 to promote cycling within the Antelope Valley. The group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at Nick’s Pizzeria at 7 p.m. and holds weekly rides every Saturday and Sunday morning. Find out more about their weekly rides on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/bicyclejohns/
May is National Bike Month, May 13 through May 17 is Bike to Work Week, and Thursday, May 16, is Bike to Work Day. In Los Angeles County, participating cyclists may register for Bike Week events at http://www.metro.net/bikes/bike-week/.
(Information via press release from Antelope Valley High Desert Cyclists.)