National Bike Month is designated by The League of American Bicyclists, an organization dedicated to, “representing bicyclists in the movement to create
safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Through information, advocacy and promotion, LAB works to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to members everywhere.” The month is celebrated across the country with an emphasis to replace car trips.
Nationally, since 2005, states have seen a 46% increase in the amount of people commuting by bicycle. The state of Maryland saw a 70-100% increase in bike commuting in less than 10 years. TAM members across the state of MD promote cycling as an alternative method of transportation and as a first/last mile connection to transit. During May, events will take place throughout the month with a focus on National Bike to Work Day. Two regional groups sponsor events in the DC and Baltimore regions:
The relationship between transit and cycling allows for stronger opportunity to reduce congestion and improve air quality. Many transit agencies offer free or reduced trips for those who cycle on Bike to Work Day and coordinate with local bicyclists groups/organizations.