Cycle to work during National Bike Month

Posted May 10, 2011, at 10:55 p.m.

May is National Bike Month. Experts say any individual, from beginner to someone with years of experience, can reap the benefits of cycling.  Stronger, more toned legs and a healthier heart, and not paying for gas are a few of the benefits. A person also saves time not searching for a parking space in an overcrowded parking lot or trying to parallel park on the street. As much as this pastime is able to improve an individual’s health, additionally, cycling provides great benefits for the environment.   If just one person chooses biking over driving a car as their mode of transportation, they are greatly lessening the amount of pollutants being emitted into the air

Use these tips to insure safe biking:

  • Always wear your helmet securely along with knee pads and elbow pads.
  • Bicyclists should obey all traffic laws, stop signs and traffic lights.
  • By law, bicyclists must have lights when biking after dark.
  • Don’t talk or text until you have safely pulled off the road.

Friday, May 20, is National Bike to Work Day. People throughout the United States will participate.

Take part in the American Lung Association’s Trek Across Maine Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19, from Sunday River to Belfast, and enjoy picturesque views. The trek is open to cyclists of all skill levels, and participants are encouraged to go at their own pace. Accommodations are provided along with food, beverages, medical staff and entertainment.

The registration fee for the ride is $55 along with a $500 fundraising minimum to participate. Proceeds will help the American Lung Association promote lung health and fight lung disease. For more information, or to register for the trek, visit http://www.biketreknewengland.org/ or call 888-241-6566, ext. 0312.

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