Since May of 1956, The League of American Bicyclists has sponsored National Bike Month “to showcase the many benefits of bicycling—and encourage more folks to give biking a try.” It’s also a great way to meet other cycling enthusiasts, be environmentally friendly, avoid commuting traffic and save money on gas.
Each year, National Bike Month grows in momentum and offers more ways to celebrate, from commuting challenges to biking adventures in the U.S. and beyond. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways you can observe this month, and save money, exercise more and avoid traffic woes along the way.
Tupelo, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee
Beginning in the heart of the south and the birthplace of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” this bike tour is a self-proclaimed “Elvis Pilgrimage.” A bike tour between Tupelo, Nashville and Memphis, the journey has 12 stops marked significant in Elvis Presley’s life including Reed’s, the general dry good store where Presley’s mother worked, Elvis’ birthplace, which doubles as the Elvis museum, and Tupelo Hardware, where the rock ‘n’ roll star’s mother bought his first guitar.
South Walton, Florida
Walton County, Fla. is home to breathtaking views along the Gulf Coast, including rare coastal dune lakes, endangered bird species, bald cypress swamps and 25-foot high sand dunes. Riders can begin at the local bike shop, Bamboo Bicycle Company, and see all that South Walton has to offer, from ancient oak trees on the Eden Gardens State Park Trail to preserved coastal areas in the Beach Tram Path at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The New Mexico Chile Bike Tour spices up National Bike Month with a three-and-a-half hour bike tour of Albuquerque’s most scenic destinations and best restaurants. As bikers ride through the cottonwood forest along the Rio Grande River, they can stop and smell the chile on this culinary-focused adventure. The bike tour partnered with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to ensure bikers will savor the best of the locally grown chile crop, and the restaurants will make sure bikers enjoy the best local recipes. Learn, bike and savor the taste of New Mexico for $65, or $60 if you BYOBike.
For any biker who wants to see the best—or a brief overview—of Austin, the Austin in a Nutshell tour is the perfect adventure. This two-hour tour gives travelers the chance to ride 10 miles of trails along the Lady Bird Lake shoreline, and then take on the city via bike for site-seeing. Check out the Texas State Capitol, Zilker Park, South Congress and Rainey Street.
Hamilton County, Indiana
Experience the rolling hills, iconic farm fields and quaint downtown scenes on a bike tour through Hamilton County. The USBR35 and the Monon Trail offer Indiana’s best views and experiences, from the Main Street Art and Design District in Carmel to Indiana cuisine at Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream. Rent a bike for just $3 from Zagster bike share station and pedal away to witness the best of Indiana.
BIKE MONTH EVENTS
Bike to School Day: May 9
National Bike to School Day started in 2012 with nearly 1,000 events in 49 states and D.C. Inspired by Bike Month and National Walk to School Day, Bike to School Day won’t just save parents a trip to school; a morning bike ride also makes students more energized and ready to perform their best in the classroom.
National Bike to Work Day: May 18
Join the movement that started it all. The League of American Bicyclists will celebrate Bike to Work Day May 18, encouraging bikers across the country to get more exercise, emit fewer fumes and save on gas and frustration by beating the daily commuting traffic. Find one of the hundreds of American communities hosting Bike to Work Week.