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.
When is Bike to Work Day?
National Bike to Work Day is Tuesday, September 22, 2020. However, National Bike to Work Week is September 21 - 27, 2020. Some organizations choose a different day that week that works best for their residents or employees. To submit your plans for a Bike to Work Day event, click here. Your plans will be featured on this page and our new Commute Solutions website.
Why bike to 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. You can even bike part of the way, for instance to your local transit station or park and ride.
How many people bike to work?
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).