For bike lovers around the country, May is the time of the year that commemorates the greats of the bicycling world and aims at educating the public about the green nature of biking in general. This , sees the global promotion of a special event that will inculcate feelings of gratitude and remembrance in onlookers and participants.
Each year, thousands are lost to biking accidents on the road. These are souls who were enjoying the nature on bicycles, living a happy and healthy life. They were students cycling to college or school, employees hitting the road for work and enthusiasts just enjoying the free run of the terrain. In commemoration of such lost souls, friends, family members, May this year will host an event of global proportion no longer limited to the US shores. Called the Ride of Silence, bikers can gather together at a meet up place and ride out under police escort through the streets in silence and in honor of cyclists who lost their life to motoring accidents.
Started about ten years ago, this event takes place every May and now covers over 26 countries and 50 states in the United States alone. Each year participants burgeon in numbers and this year is expected to draw in thousands of riders in every city.
The month of May does more than just remember people who lost their life on a bicycle. It also increases the awareness of the public, enthusing in them the desire to live a healthier and fitter life. Bicycles might be slower than motor vehicles but they are clean and good for the health.
Considered as a cardiovascular exercise, this sport is taken up by millions around the world, either from compulsion or out of vocation. Such folks tend to be leaner, fitter and healthier with lower cardiovascular and other body problems. Biking is in fact known to promote a healthier immune system with an improved immune response of the body. Folks with asthma and other similar diseases find immense relief biking. This is the motto behind May’s National Bike Month event — the promotion of cycling in general.
Since we just bought a bike for Truett at Walmart, we plan to just ride our bikes around here on the ranch, as a family; thankful to have each other, for our health, and for some fun! Yes, even cowboys ride bikes! My husband is riding Toby’s bike that he bought at Walmart last Summer!
How do you plan to celebrate National Bike Month? Do you encourage bike riding? Do you ride with your kids?? Share with me y’all!
Disclosure: I am an official Walmart Mom. Walmart has provided me with compensation and gift card in return for my time & efforts to create this post. Opinions are my own, always.