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May is National Bike Month!

May is National Bike Month!

National Bike Month

Since 1956, the month of May has been National Bike Month. It's a time to showcase the benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give it a try. Many people use bicycling as their primary mode of transportation and regularly bike to work or school. Bicycling frequently is a great form of exercise and is also good for the environment.

According to The League of American Bicyclists, bicycle commuting rates in bicycle-friendly communities increased up to 80 percent from 2000 to 2011. In all communities throughout the United States, bicycling trips more than doubled - from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009.

If you plan on getting out and biking this month, be sure to implement the following safety tips to maximize your chances of a smooth ride:

  • The distance between a bicyclist and a motorist should be at least 3 feet.
  • Riders under the age of 16 must wear a bicycle helmet.
  • If traveling at a speed slower than traffic, ride as close as possible to the right ledge of the roadway.
  • Always use bike lanes when they are available.
  • When riding on a sidewalk, watch out for pedestrians and always yield the right of way to them.
  • In Florida, bicycles are considered vehicles too, so the same drinking and driving laws apply.

Roman & Gaynor encourages you to get out and bike during National Bike Month! Remember to stay safe by following the rules of the road and staying alert at all times.

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