Not that we don’t love Mother’s Day, but there is more to May than flowers, spa treatments and breakfast in bed. May is National Bike Month so we’ve collected tips, safety information and ideas on how you can enjoy bicycling as a family. Happy Riding!
Celebrate Bike Month!
Are you and your family already big fans of the bike? Then check out The League of American Bicyclists list of 50 Ways to Celebrate Bike Month – here are a few of our favorites.
- Ride with your child to school
- Organize a group to clean the local bike trail
- Attach a playing card to your bike wheel and ride around like you did when you were a little kid
- Decorate a cake or cookies with a bicycle theme
Other activities include…
- Learn the “10 Best Bicycle Jokes of All Time”. (Adults will appreciate these more than kids.)
- Get your hands on more Bicycle Clip Art
Bike Week is May 12-16
Events are happening all over the country to celebrate Bike Week (especially since fuel is SO expensive these days). Visit BikeLeague.org and check out the “special events” section to see what Bike Month and Bike-to-Work-Week events are going on in your community.
Break out of your biking rut.
So, your and avid rider – want to break out of your race routine? Here is a fun list of events that will have you seeing organized bike rides in a whole new light.
Teach Your Kid to Ride a Bike
Have you heard the expression, ‘It’s as easy as falling off a bike”? Teaching a child to ride a bike is about much more than just taking off the training wheels. Here are a few articles to get you started:
- A well tuned bike is a safer bike. Read “Four Easy Bike Tune-Up Tricks” and “Five Things to Check Every Time You Ride”.
- Ten Tips for Safe Bike Riding
- How Parents and Kids Should Pedal Their Way To Bike Safety
- Bicycle Safety: Myths and Facts
- Bike Safety Trivia for Kids
In the market for a new bike or scooter for the kiddo?
- What every parent must know before buying a bike
- Top 5 Girls Bikes and Scooters
- Top 5 Boys Bikes and Scooters
Get Your Craft On
Want to pay homage to Bike Month with a little glue and glitter? Here are a few do-it-yourself ideas…
- Make your own PRETEND bike helmet
- Use paper plates and make bike wheels to hang around the room.
- Use streamers, paint and other craft goodies to decorate your bicycles for a special ride.
- Make a Bike Chain Key Ring
Oh, did we mention, May is also Get Caught Reading Month.
Let’s combine reading and biking, shall we? Here’s a list of biking must-read articles:
- How To Bike Your Way to a Better Body
- Why Bike? The Top 5 Reasons to Ride a Bike
- Bikes – An Illustrated History
- Women’s Cycling Fashions circa 1894
Bicycling book recommendations from Bicycling.About.com:
For Young Children
- Franklin's Bicycle Helmet by Paulette Bourgeois
- Mind Your Manners at the Park by Arianna Candell
For Older Children
- Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best and Christine Davenier
- The Mystery of the Stolen Bike by Marc Brown (This book is part of the Arthur chapter book series.)
- Go Fly a Bike! The Ultimate Book of Bicycle Fun, Freedom, and Science by Bill Haduch
Books About Lance Armstrong: “There are a number of terrific books about American cycling legend and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, including several written by Lance himself. Check out the list for titles that will appeal to every type and age of reader.”