May 1st marks the beginning of Bike Month, a 31-day celebration of cyclists. Bike Month has been around since 1956, encouraging more people to adopt biking into their lifestyles. There are a ton of cool activities going on to celebrate. To help you find the best, we’ve curated a list of our favorite bike month events to check out.
May 1st – 31st: Bike to Work Challenge
The Bike to Work Challenge is a competition to find the workplace that bikes the most in New York City during the month of May. The competition will take place in all five boroughs and teams of any size are encouraged to get involved. Prizes will be awarded to the companies that have the highest number of trips logged against the number of employees. You can use your own bike, a Citi Bike, rent a bike from Unlimited Biking, or borrow a bike for free for a week from Brompton Bicycle.
May 3rd: Central Park Moonlight Ride
10:00pm – 12:00am
Join other bikers for a scenic group ride through Central Park. This leisurely trip allows you to see the park in a whole new light. There are bike guides in the front and rear to ensure a safe ride. The moonlight ride finishes before midnight and the total mileage is under 10 miles. All you need to bring is yourself and a bike. Bike lights are highly recommended.
May 18th: New York Bike Jumble
10:00am – 4:00pm
You’re not going to want to miss the seventh annual New York Bike Jumble this year. You can find everything from collectable pieces to beginner bikes by searching through hundreds of different new and used equipment, accessories, clothing, and more. If you’re looking for a good deal on anything bike-related, this is where you’ll find the best bargains. You can even test out bikes before purchasing!
May 17th: Bike to Work Day
May 17th marks the nationwide event: Bike to Work Day. Hop on your bike, throw your work shoes in your bag, and peddle to the office. Biking to work is not only good for your heart, but can also be a great way to conserve energy and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. You’re encouraged to go out and find out what your community is doing to celebrate. Stay up to date with information from Transportation Alternatives.
Katie Machia is a freelance writer who recently moved to New York City. She writes about everything from the outdoors to fashion. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Adirondacks and searching through racks of clothes at thrift stores around the city.