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May is Bike Month!

National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Greater Mercer TMA’s Bike Month activities!

Check out the Bike Commuter Journal series on our blog, and email jfoster@gmtma.org if you’d like to share your bike commuting experiences.
  1. Bike to Work Week: Bike to work May 12-May 16, log your miles, and win prizes! CLICK HERE to sign up today!
  2. Swap A Ride: Can’t, Won’t or Don’t ride a Bike to work – No Problem. You can still participate in the fun. Swap out car trips when you can by taking your bike instead to run your errands, visit friends, etc… And, you still get a chance to win prizes from our sponsors, just complete the Swap–A-Ride registration form. CLICK HERE to sign up today!
  3. Employer Bike Challenge: Bicycling is better when we’re ALL together. Why not form a group of fellow employees to participate in Bike To Work Week. Enjoy the camaraderie and the great outdoors with co-workers by commuting to and from work together. AND, a chance to win our EMPLOYER WHEELS award. Sign-Up for the Employer Bike Challenge by CLICKING HERE, and checking the 'I am an employer team member' box below the 'Place of Employment' field.
  4. Visions of Bicycling: To celebrate Bike Month and the beauty that is bicycling, GMTMA is hosting a photo contest! CLICK HERE for information.
  5. Bike to School Day: In 2014, Bike to School Day will be May 7. Let the bike bells ring – event registration is now open at www.walkbiketoschool.org!

Sign up for Bike to Work Week Today!

Bike to Work Week is May 12-16 and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16. Sign up, get a free t-shirt (for the first 150 registrants), bike to work and enter to win great prizes!

Report Your Miles for the Week

AFTER you complete Bike to Work Week, come back here to report your miles by May 25, 2014 and be registered to win great prizes. Just enter the email address you used to register and the miles you rode to work the week of May 12-16. Show form.

Swap A Ride

Don’t bike to work, or can’t, but still want to celebrate Bike Month? No problem. Register here and replace as many car trips as possible with bike trips – taking your kids to school, to the post office, to the store, or any other errands. Keep track of how many car trips you replace with bike trips for the month of May and at the end of the month, we will enter you into our Bike to Work Raffle! Additionally, all participants will receive a certificate of participation with their travel miles and CO2 savings noted.

Report Your Miles for the Month

AFTER you complete Swap Your Ride during Bike Month, come back here to report your miles by June 6, 2014 and be entered in our Get On Your Bike raffle. Just enter the email address you used to register and the miles you rode and car trips replaced for the month of May 2014. Show form.

Other Bike Info

U.S. Bike Commuter Data

Do you want to know how many people ride bikes in America, who's riding, and how many miles of bike lanes there are? The Census Bureau collects American Community Survey (ACS) data from a sample of the population in the United States and gives us this insight. Find out who's riding bikes in the largest 244 cities in the U.S.

Ride Smart

Are you planning on riding this Bike Month but need to freshen up on your bike safety and riding skills? The League of American Bicyclists has several bike education resources to help you ride confidently and safely this May. The League's Ride Smart page has detailed the Rules of the Road and commuting tips to making riding fun and safe for all new and returning riders. Simple bike maintenance and fix-it info is also located on the Ride Smart page. For local bicycling lessons, contact the the West Windsor Bicycle-Pedestrian Alliance, which often offers bicycling lessons for adults and kids.

And of course, GMTMA offers information and safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and can provide onsite bike safety and pedestrian education programs for schools and camp programs, as well as seniors. GMTMA can also help your community do a walkability audit and identify concerns for pedestrians related to the safety, access, comfort and convenience of the walking environment. An audit can also help identify potential solutions such as engineering treatments, policy changes or education and enforcement measures.
For more information on our programs, call us at 609-452-1491 or click here to send an email.
Questions? Problems? Email Jerry Foster at jfoster@gmtma.org.

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