On a typical morning, most North Texans drive to their destinations. Whether they are going to work, dropping the kids off at school, or running errands, the day usually starts behind the wheel. There are opportunities throughout May to try something different. May is Bike Month.
Take a spin around the neighborhood. Explore a nearby trail. Even ride your bike to work.
This year, there are two separate Bike to Work Day observances for North Texans to consider.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit is holding a local event May 12 with giveaways and free snacks from 7-9 a.m. at the following four rail stations: Akard, CityLine/Bush, Downtown Garland and Parker Road.
In addition to the DART event, the League of American Bicyclists is asking workers to extend their focus on bicycling into the next week. Bike to Work Week begins May 15, concluding with Bike to Work Day on May 19.
If people find it difficult to ride their bicycles to work, they could use them for the first and last miles of their trips, riding to and from the nearest transit stop. All three of the region’s public transportation providers allow bicycles on their buses and trains. For more information on Bike to Work activities, including safety tips and advice on how to get started, visit www.nctcog.org/biketowork.
May is also National Bicycle Safety Month, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges bicyclists and motorists to share the roadways by obeying the traffic laws and respecting each other’s rights. The safety of all roadway users is an important emphasis area in North Texas and across the state. For more on the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign, visit www.lookouttexans.org.