Events across the state are scheduled this month to raise awareness about bicycling and its many, many benefits.
May is officially recognized as National Bike Month and Friday, May 15 as Bike to Work Day. Communities and organizations will be hosting events across the state.
In Albany, the City’s Common Council passed a resolution declaring May 2015 as Bike Month in the city to promote cycling safety. Included in the resolution were Bike to School Day on May 6, a Ride of Silence on May 20, and several bicycle rodeos for children hosted by the Albany Police Department.
In Buffalo, GOBike Buffalo is hosting dozens of events as part of its Buffalo Bike Month 2015. These events cover a wide range of interests from themed community rides to meetings for the Buffalo Bicycle Master Plan.
The City of Syracuse and the Onondaga County Health Department will be sponsoring several Cycle in the City rides throughout the summer, including one on May 17. These rides are open to everyone and will be a great opportunity to explore Syracuse on two wheels and gain the confidence to bike to work all year. In addition, the first of this summer’s Tuesdays on the Towpath group ride series will take place on May 12 along the Erie Canalway Trail in Old Erie Canal State Park east of Syracuse.
With dozens of events planned, cyclists in Rochester will find no shortage of ways to celebrate Bike Month. Among them are a Light UP the Night Ride on May 15 and the 5th Annual Seersucker Social Ride and Cargo Bike Rally on May 17. In addition to these group rides, there will also be several free bicycle clinics.
Bike Month events in New York City include a Bike to Work Challenge held from the beginning of the month until May 22.
These events are not only a great way to get out and ride, but they also raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities cyclists face across the state. Communities and organizations throughout New York have made great strides in recent years to increase cycling’s accessibility. Unfortunately, at 29%, New York State still has the highest percentage of traffic fatalities consisting of pedestrians and cyclists.
That’s why we continue to advocate
Parks & Trails New York works to increase safety of cyclists and all road users through the New Yorkers for Active Transportation coalition. This year we asked our state legislators to include dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the budget. While we weren’t successful, our advocacy did not go unnoticed as more members of the legislature realize the positive impact cycling can have on their constituent communities.
You can help us make New York a national leader in bicycle safety. Contact your federal and state representatives to tell them you want to increase funding for infrastructure projects that will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.