Bike Month 2015 is almost upon us; Bike To Work Day is May 15th!

Last year’s expansion to Bike Month in Central Oklahoma was so successful, we’re doing it again!

There is so much more to bicycling in the region than commuting. From families who bicycle together for ice cream after dinner, to group social rides, to urban exploration on two-wheels, to racing at the old downtown airpark, we have so much to celebrate.

Check out the calendar of events (and let us know if we’ve missed something). Join in where you can. Or just hop on your bike and enjoy! Happy Bike Month to you all!

Bike To Work Day 2014 is May 16

BTW2014PosterBike To Work Day arrived in Central Oklahoma on May 20, 2005. This year marks the 10th anniversary of our regional celebration of biking. We’re so proud of our baby!

This year marks some significant changes. In recognition of all the exciting bicycle-related things happening in the region, we are expanding our celebration to all of Bike Month. This way we can celebrate the communities that have a good thing with their Bike To Work Day events (NormanYukon) as well as communities that are moving to events that celebrate bicycle riders of all ages (MooreMidwest CityEdmondPiedmont). Some communities are keeping the focus on bicycle commuting, but tweaking their routes (EdmondOKCGuthrie). New this year is a calendar of all bike-related events in Central Oklahoma in May 2014. You might be pleasantly surprised at what all is going on here. You can find information about all of these at bikedayok.com!

May 2014 is Bike Month in Central Oklahoma!

BikeMonthMedlyBike To Work Day arrived in Central Oklahoma on May 20, 2005. This year marks the 10th anniversary of our regional celebration of biking. We’re so proud of our baby!

This year marks some significant changes. In recognition of all the exciting bicycle-related things happening in the region, we are expanding our celebration to all of Bike Month. This way we can celebrate the communities that have a good thing with their Bike To Work Day events (Norman, Yukon) as well as communities that are moving to events that celebrate bicycle riders of all ages (Moore, Midwest City, Edmond, Piedmont). Some communities are keeping the focus on bicycle commuting, but tweaking their routes (Edmond, OKC, Guthrie). New this year is a calendar of all bike-related events in Central Oklahoma in May 2014. You might be pleasantly surprised at what all is going on here. You can find information about all of these at bikedayok.com!

Maps Maps and More Maps

We here at Bike to Work Central have been hard at work. Check out our communities pages — one for each of the communities participating with official events. You will find a map of each community’s BTW route, plus a downloadable map flyers for promotional purposes and a link to the Google map so you can use Google maps to find bicycle (or driving) instructions to get to the starting locations.

We also have a BRAND NEW interactive map (not Google, at least not yet, but pretty whiz-bang just the same) of the existing bicycle infrastructure in ACOG’s member communities. Should be useful for finding your own Bike To Work route, from your home to place of employment! Anything else you’d like to see mapped?

2013 Bike to Work Day is May 17

Bike to Work Day Central Oklahoma

The League of American Bicyclists has designated Bike to Work Day 2014 as Friday, May 16. Additionally, the National Center for Safe Routes for Schools is coordinating National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7.

Annual Bike to Work Day events are coordinated by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, regional bicycle advocates and the cities of Oklahoma City, Guthrie, Midwest City, Moore, Norman, Yukon and Edmond.

Each community plans separate events that often include giveaways and door prizes.

Bike to Work Day is part of a national campaign to promote bicycling as a healthy and efficient transportation alternative. The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the month of May as National Bike Month since 1956 and National Bike to Work Day annually offers metropolitan areas the opportunity to call attention to the benefits of bicycling and to increase safety awareness among bicyclists and motorists.

Complete details including routes and event schedules for Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day events can be found at BikeDayOK.com or on our Facebook page. For more information contact Kate Brady at ACOG, 234-2264.

Details about the national campaign can be found online at www.bikemonth.com.

Rain or Shine

Sudden thunderstorms occur often across Central Oklahoma in the spring. The Bike to Work event is a rain or shine event. In case of heavy rain, ride leaders will be responsible for calling a weather delay of 10-15 minutes for the rain to pass. Please take the necessary precautions if there is an electrical storm.
A few tips about lightning…

  • Do NOT seek shelter under tall isolated trees! The tree may help you stay dry but will significantly increase your risk of being struck by lightning. Rain will not kill you, but the lightning can!
  • Do NOT seek shelter under partially enclosed buildings
  • Stay away from tall, isolated objects. Lightning typically strikes the tallest object. That may be you in an open field or clearing.
  • Know the weather forecast. If there is a high chance of thunderstorms, think twice about riding your bike.

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