Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May is Bike Month!

This annual event promotes bicycling as a form of active transportation that decreases traffic congestion, improves air quality, and promotes safe bicycle commuting. Caltrans may be known for roads and bridges, but we are also paving the way for active transportation and Complete Streets.

According to our statewide research, nearly 50 percent of all trips are less than three miles. Forty percent are less than two miles, and 28 percent are less than one mile. The average commute distance is 11 miles. Why not bicycling for these trips instead? You can bicycle to commute, shop, run errands, and have fun.

Caltrans provides funding for local bike programs.

Studies have shown that of people who tried commuting by bicycle for the first time during May is Bike Month, 32 percent continued to do so six months later. Bicycling improves individual physical and mental health, but it also decreases traffic congestion, commute costs, and the amount of pollutants added to the environment. Bicycling can be a pleasant, safe, efficient, and healthy commute option.