Did you know May is National Bike Month? Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists
and “celebrated in communities from coast to coast” since 1956,
National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the benefits of bicycling
and encourage more people to get on their rides more often. So, why not
make the most of it with a scenic ride on your favorite two-wheeler?
Here’s a list of destinations and tips for the cycle savvy (and those of
us wishing we were) to get peddling in the right direction.
Mountain biking enthusiasts know Moab
is the place to be with tons of trails for all skill levels – including
the world famous and super tough Slickrock Bike Trail – and some of the
most stunning scenery imaginable for a backdrop for your bike ride.
there a more bicycle friendly place on earth? For advocates of
bike-friendly cities and green policy, is an exemplary destination. For
cyclists of varying abilities, it’s worth noting the Netherlands is an
extremely flat, small, safe and friendly country with beautiful
countryside, traditional villages, and dynamic cities like Amsterdam.
Despite its diminutive size, the Netherlands boasts the most extensive
cycling network in the world. Go Dutch! You’ll love it.
Ride with the Rails-to-Trails
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization based in Washington DC,
whose mission is “to create a nationwide network of trails from former
rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for
healthier people.” Cycling is the most popular activity of folks
searching for outdoor fun via the conservancy’s traillink.com website.
The site breaks down trails by state for a range of activities in
addition to cycling – including ATV, birding, cross country skiing,
snowmobiling, wheel accessibility and more.
Tour de France
you’ve heard of this humble route? Whether you want to see it as
cheering spectator or to give it a try yourself, the Tour de France is
the premiere cycling event and has offers challenging long distance
cycling routes to pros and amateurs alike. The 2015 Tour starts in early
July in the Dutch province of Utrecht before heading into France. Find
out more at letour.com.