PULLMAN – National Bike Month is celebrated in communities across the nation each May. Established in 1956 and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is a celebration of biking as a means of transportation, a recreational pastime, and an essential part of our well-being and everyday lives. On May 1, 2022, the League encourages the public to join them in celebrating the second annual National Ride A Bike Day.
The 2020 State Report Cards produced by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership lists Washington State with the fifth highest score (saferoutespartnership.org). No matter the time of year, we ask drivers to be extra cautious and to watch out for bicyclists. We encourage all bicyclists to follow these safety rules:
-Follow the Law – Your safety and the public image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic and use the rightmost lane in your direction of travel.
-Be Predictable – Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
– Be Conspicuous – Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light, and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others.
-Think Ahead – Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
-Ride Ready – Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride.
-Wear a Helmet – Your best defense against serious injury.
National Bike to Work Week is May 16-22, and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20, 2022.
For more information, visit WABikes.org, bikeleague.org, and cascade.org.