Contact: Patrick J. McCormick, Communication Director
Phone: 202-822-1333
Web: LAB Bike Month 2000 site
May 4, 2000

May is Bike Month; May 19 is Bike to Work Day
Announces League of American Bicyclists, Sponsors

The League of American Bicyclists, the national organization of cyclists and sponsors of National Bike Month, has designated Friday May 19 as Bike to Work Day for 2000. While Bike to Work Day has historically been held the third Tuesday of the month, the League announced the move to Friday to embrace the growing trend toward casual Fridays and encourage employer support for bike commuting employees.

Elissa Margolin, acting Executive Director of the League, said, "Of course, you don't need a casual day at the office to bike to work. Starting your morning with an invigorating ride before changing into your work clothes is second nature to many bike commuters. But casual days seem to inspire more people to give bike commuting a try and we want to encourage as many people as we can to bike to work."

With climbing gasoline prices and worsening traffic for American commuters, biking to work has become an increasingly attractive option. Bike commuting saves time, because cyclists breeze past traffic and don't need to find parking for their cars. Cycling is one of the best exercises for the cardiovascular system. The feelings of accomplishment and relaxation that follow a bike ride, combined with the physical benefits, lead to reduced stress levels and heightened self-esteem and self-confidence.

Attached are several fact sheets on bicycle commuting. For more information on bike commuting or the League, e-mail or call 202-822-1333.

[Why Commute] [How to Commute] [Bike Commuting Gear] [Support Bike Commuting]
[Bike Week 2000]

Michael Klasmeier, Program Director, League of American Bicyclists,
1612 K St. NW Suite 401 Washington, DC 20006-2802
Phone: 202 822-1333

The League of American Bicyclists promotes cycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. For more information, contact them at
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 401; Washington, DC 20006
phone: 202/822-1333; fax: 202/822-1334
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