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National Bike Month: How to Make the Most Out of May

Take part in the bicycling celebrations this month with tips on choosing the right bike, routes around Berkley and Huntington Woods and safety reminders.

May is National Bike Month and several celebrations mark the joys and perks of bicycle riding.

According to The League of American Bicyclists, there are plenty of reasons to bicycle to work, school or just around the neighborhood — from saving money or time, preserving your health and the environment, to exploring the community. 

Courtney Whitinger, who does sales and bike servicing at Berkley’s  shop, says bicycling has been rising in popularity around the area — both for recreation and to save money.

“We’re definitely getting more commuters, with people riding to work, especially with the gas prices,” he said.

“Here, we’ve been getting more recreational riders, too. A lot more families are coming in now, with moms and dads looking to go out with the kids.”

Whitinger offers his tips on choosing a new bike, how to maintain one that's been in storage and popular trends in bicycling.

In response to the rising number of riders, the  also released a map of a suggested bicycle path around the community and safety tips to check out.

If you're looking to get involved with the action of National Bike Month, here are the special dates coming up

  • May 9: inaugural Bike to School Day
  • May 14-18: Bike to Work Week
  • May 18: Bike to Work Day

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