Friday, May 13, 2011

May: National Bike Month

The soothing, warm breeze on my face. The rhythmic flutter of my shirt sleeves. The hypnotic crash of Pacific waves and the bite of ocean tang. Gliding like an albatross amidst fragrances of Eucalyptus and Pine. Grins of joy playing “follow the leader” with friends. These are my fond recollections of childhood bike rides through San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and along Ocean Beach.

So consider creating lasting bicycling memories with family and friends as May is National Bike Month. Or help reduce our carbon footprint by biking to work since May 16-20 is this year’s Bike-to-Work Week and May 20 is Bike-to-Work Day. Visit for information on how to teach your child to learn to ride a bicycle, local biking events, and bicycle maintenance and repairs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers invaluable information on bicycling safety.

The Library’s factual materials on Cycling (the formal subject heading for bicycling) are located in the adult "796.6" non-fiction section (2nd floor) and the children's "Juv 796.6" non-fiction section (1st floor). The Adult and Youth Services Desks can assist you in locating factual and fictional materials on Cycling.

According to Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" children's health initiative, almost one third of America’s youth is overweight or obese. In thirty-eight states, the adult obesity rate exceeds 25%. Bicycling can be one of many fun ways to bolster physical activity and health for children and adults alike.

As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, FUN exercise need not be considered sweaty exertion but rather glistening exultation.

posted by ac