May is National Bike Month! It’s time to dust off that nifty bicycle in your garage and ride it to an event in your community. The Houston-Galveston region is huge and there are events happening in almost every corner to celebrate bicycling. This web page will provide you with basic how-to information on hosting or participating in bike events across the region.
The National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17, 2018. However, some organizations choose a different day that works best for their residents or employees. For example, H-GAC’s Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 16, 2018, and NASA’s Bike to Work Day is Thursday, April 19, 2018. Check out the “Roll into a Bike Month Event” for details about events where you live or work.
As our population and congestion increase, finding alternative ways to get to work is critical for our region. In the Houston-Galveston region, 25 percent of people live within 5 miles of their workplaces, an ideal distance for bicycling. By bicycling to work you will benefit from better health! Adults who regularly bicycle have a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Commuting to work represents a small percentage of all trips that we take. Bike Month is a great opportunity to explore biking to other destinations like coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, schools, and when visiting your friends and family members. Why not bike there? It’s easier than you think.
According to the American Community Survey, over 51,000 residents in the Houston-Galveston region bicycle or walk to work. In certain areas within our region, the percentage of people who bike to work exceeds 5% (while our regional average is 0.6%). Visit our Interactive Web Applications to find information about your neighborhood (recommended apps to check out – Historical Commuting Patterns, Activity-Connectivity Explorer, and the Demographic Data Explorer).
Now is the time to get ready. Below, you will find resources to help you get started, learn about safe bicycling, and how to plan an event.
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