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(May 1, 2015) - In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out, get active and have fun. National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join in the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.
“I am greatly looking forward to Bike Month and all of the events that it includes,” said City Commissioner Novick, who oversees transportation. “Bicycles are serious business. Bicyclists are healthier than car commuters, saving millions in health care costs. Bicyclists are reducing carbon emissions and preserving the planet. Also, the bicycle community contributes millions to our local economy and to the resiliency of our city.”
A complete list of events may be found at www.pdxbikemonth.com. Highlighted events include:
“I invite all Portlanders to join in the fun, get on a bike and participate in our many events,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “All these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day. As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time for Portlanders of all ages to ride, roll and stroll through our neighborhoods and enjoy Portland’s world-famous bicycle network.”
PBOT also is holding free clinics and bike rides throughout the May and the rest of spring and summer. Topics include Cycling Essentials, Bike Maintenance Basics, Family Bicycling and Shopping by Bike.
In addition to PBOT events, many employers and organizations are holding their own National Bike Month events throughout May to kick off the fair weather bicycling season.
People are encouraged to share their ride experience and encourage others by posting to social media with the hashtag #pdxbikemonth. For more information, visit www.pdxbikemonth.com.