May Is National Bike Month

According to the League of American Cyclists, the bicycle is the vehicle of the future. (We already knew that!) It has a competitive edge in urban transit: it’s efficient, it’s economic, it’s healthy, it’s ecological and fun! Cycling can save us money, help the environment and improve our health.

Struggling to fit cycling in to your busy lifestyle? How about saving money on gas (or the increased Metra fees) and pedaling your way to work? If you’ve even considered commuting by bike, the League of American Bicyclists invites you to try it this week.

To help celebrate National Bike Month (May), May 14th-18th is Bike to Work Week and Friday, May 18th is Bike to Work Day.

Too often overlooked and underrated, the bicycle is the simplest and most pleasure-inducing way to get healthier while saving our environment and reconnecting with our community in a positive way.

Visit League of American Bicyclists  to learn more about how cycling help save the environment while saving you money, and for their tips for commuting to work.

Need further convincing? Read about our local commuters and their advice for those considering cycling to work. Cylcing allows them to fit in a workout during an otherwise busy day and it saves them money without increasing their commute time significantly. You can also read about some of the items that makes their commute even better.


Here are more events to consider:

May 16th: Ride of Silence
On May 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads worldwide in a slow (max. 12mph), silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
Illinois locations include Bartlett, Chicago, Downers Grove and Joliet


May 1st-August 31st: The Kimberly-Clark Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge
Sign up now as an individual or as a team, log your miles, share your stories and encourage others to join you while competing for prizes and awards on the local and national level, including a Grand Prize trip through California wine country from Trek Travel.


Now that you’re motivated to dust the cobwebs off that bike in the garage, come in to Higher Gear. We can get those brakes working and your gears shifting smoothly, make sure your wheels are working for you (not against you) and ensure your bicycle is safe to ride. So bring your bike in for its annual/Spring tune-up. While you’re in, we can also help you accessorize – whether you need lights for an early morning commute or a fashionable bike shirt for hitting the trail.

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