Friday marks the start of the 15th annual Bike Month in San Luis Obispo County, with more than 70 events scheduled in an effort to bring more awareness to using bikes as transportation.
Bike Month, a program of San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare, includes free events, online challenges and prizes to encourage biking to work or school for fun, fitness or transportation, according to a news release from the organization.
Next Wednesday is Bike to School Day, followed by Bike to Work Day on May 15. Both events are celebrated nationwide.
“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,” Stephanie Hicks, program manager of SLO Regional Rideshare, said in a news release. “Thanks to a dedicated host of volunteers, we enjoy one of the largest Bike Month celebrations in the country, right here in SLO County.”
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Organizers have also launched a roadway safety public awareness campaign called #Let’sGetVisible to heighten awareness of safe road use among cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Go to www.letsgetvisible.org for more information.
Sponsors of this year’s Bike Month are the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments; SLO Safe Routes to School; Back ‘N’ Forth Club, a regional employer commute program; the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club; SLO County Air Pollution Control District; the city of San Luis Obispo; SLO Life Magazine; RTA; and The Wallace Group.
For information on events, go to www.rideshare.org/bike-month.