(Arlington, Texas) – If you’ve been meaning to get active, May is a good time to begin.
The weather is mild.
The flowers are blooming.
And it is Bike Month.
May 20th is Bike to Work Day, and several events are planned throughout the region to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home. Bicycling is being celebrated throughout May. And whether it is taking the first step toward a more active lifestyle or trying to replace some car trips with bicycle trips, you have many opportunities to embrace pedal power this month.
Leaving the comfort of your car behind in favor of bicycling to work can be intimidating. With this in mind, the city of Dallas will host free Bicycle Commuting 101 workshops at 6:30 p.m. May 11 and May 17. Topics such as essential gear, road safety and “What about Sweat” will be discussed during these sessions at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.
Additionally, residents are invited to South Dallas/Fair Park Active 9 a.m. May 14 at Fair Park to learn about bicycle safety and enjoy other activities on two wheels, including a bike rodeo and bike expo.
In Fort Worth, city officials are encouraging individuals and teams to “take the pledge” to leave their cars at home for one day and ride their bicycles. Employers can even create routes for their employees, which will promote active lifestyles and build comradery among team members. For more information about Fort Worth’s plans, visit https://www.fortworthtexas.gov/departments/tpw/bikefw/biketowork.
The city of Denton has scheduled events to commemorate Bike Month, including:
- Brownbag Speaker Series: Presentations from local bicyclists about important bicycling topics at noon each Wednesday in May at the Civic Center
- Cycle with the City: A ride through Denton at 6 p.m. Monday, May 16 that will allow city staff members to showcase the city’s efforts to build bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure
- Bike to Work Day: Free breakfast stations from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Friday, May 20 at locations in Denton to help commuters fuel up on their rides to work
- Confident City Cycling Course: A class from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4 where residents can learn bicycle basics, maintenance and safety tips from certified instructors A street ride will follow.
See more at CityofDenton.com/departments-services/active-transportation/bike-month.
NCTCOG has partnered with Dallas Area Rapid Transit on the inaugural Bike to Work Challenge. The challenge is open to residents of DART’s 13 member cities and allows participants the chance to win prizes if they log their trips on https://tryparkingit.com/, the region’s alternative-commute and ride-matching website. The commuter with the most miles by May 31 will earn a $100 gift card from Richardson Bike Mart; second place will receive a $50 gift card; and third place will win a $25 gift card. For more information on the challenge, visit DART.org/bikes.
For a full list of activities celebrating Bike Month, visit NCTCOG.org/biketowork.
Finally, one of the best ways for everyone to celebrate Bike Month is to keep safety in mind whether bicycling, walking or driving and look out for one another on the roads. The North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Look Out Texans safety campaign is an ongoing effort to help residents learn tips on how to bicycle, walk and drive safely together. More information is available at LookOutTexans.org.
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.
For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.
About the Regional Transportation Council:
The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) of the North Central Texas Council of Governments has served as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for regional transportation planning in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1974. The MPO works in cooperation with the region’s transportation providers to address the complex transportation needs of the rapidly growing metropolitan area. The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise counties. The RTC’s 44 members include local elected or appointed officials from the metropolitan area and representatives from each of the area’s transportation providers.
Amanda Wilson (817) 608-2335, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Kokes (817) 695-9275, email@example.com