As the world’s leading representational democracy, the United States takes seriously the idea of celebrating progressive ideals that serve the best interests of the people. National Garlic Day. National High Five Day.
Buried among these is the penultimate national day, and it comes each year on May 19. We all can understand the importance of personal health and wellbeing, the preservation of the planet, and the promotion of a sustainable economy, and on National Bike to Work Day, you can strike off all three.
When we think of transportation, we tend to think of the automobile and the internal combustion engine. Left behind in the exhaust of those oversized metallic baubles is the humble bicycle—which is, for better or worse, the most dominant form of transportation ever invented. As of the early 2000s, more than twice as many bicycles than automobiles had been produced worldwide, more than one billion. Its rightful place in history has been overshadowed by the convenience of the car, and May 19 is your opportunity to revel in its true glory.
Really, you’re doing yourself and everyone else a favor. Here’s why:
Bicycling improves quality of life for you and your neighbors, and May 19 is the one day every year when we celebrate and promote an alternative form of transportation that just might figure into a better, more sustainable future. So pull out your bike, put your helmet on, and celebrate National Bike to Work Day!