You’ve heard it’s Bike Month and you’re ready to try it. Maybe your bike has been in the garage because you’ve been waiting for the warmer weather. Maybe the school calendar has kept you from riding as much as you’d like. Maybe you want to commute to work, but it’s just too far or there are no roads you feel comfortable on. Maybe you just want a reason to celebrate with your bike!
Whatever brings you to pulling out your bike, fantastic! You can be rolling around your neighborhood in no time and celebrating all the great fun May (and beyond!) has to offer.
Get your bike ready to roll. Follow these quick steps to make sure your and all of your family’s bikes are good to go!
1. Learn how to do the ABC Quick Check before every ride.
2. Make sure everyone in your family has a properly fitted helmet. (PDF download)
- Need to get your kids motivated to wear a helmet? Show them the BikeTexas CATS Safety Bling! video.
3. Get a refresher on the rules of the road with the Texas Bicycle Laws Activity Cards. (PDF download)
4. When’s the last time you changed a flat tire? Find step-by-step instructions here. (PDF download)
Ride around the neighborhood. Practice scanning (looking over your shoulder to see what’s behind you), hand signals, changing gears, braking, and stopping.
Feeling a bit rusty on your bike? No worries! Hop on for a spin around a residental block near you to remind yourself about how it feels to be on the bike. This is a good chance to teach your kids the rules of the road, too! Having trouble remembering hand signals? Check out our Share the Road handout for a refresher. (PDF download)
Try Bike to Shop, Bike to Coffee, Bike to Eat, Bike to Church, etc., if Bike to Work isn’t for you.
Who says work is the only place you can ride a bike? A tasty treat after a bike ride may be just the thing for you! Grab the family, find a friend, or just roll solo. (Image courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists.)
With so much fun stuff happening all over the state for Bike Month, you don’t want to miss a thing!
Log your miles and see how you measure up against your fellow Texans. Challenge a friend for extra fun!
… And even more.
Tried all these things and you still have some May (and beyond!) left? Awesome! See what else is happening in Texas for Bike Month. Is there a Dinner+Bikes event near you? You won’t want to miss that! Plus, try out the League’s Bike Month Bingo card— see how many you can fill in during May!