Northern Arizona Celebrates National Bike Month in More Ways Than One

 Image Credit: The League of American Bicyclists

Image Credit: The League of American Bicyclists

May is National Bike Month

Communities across the country are celebrating National Bike Month. Northern Arizona is gearing up to showcase our bike-friendly communities and the abundance of bike paths and trails across the region. 

This national campaign has grown by leaps and bounds since its initiation in 1956, and for good reason! Communities are embracing this sustainable transportation method by adding cycling routines into their day to day schedules. National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of biking and to encourage more folks to give biking a try.

 Image Credit:  Strong Towns

Image Credit: Strong Towns

"Why bikes?" - From Strong Towns

Bike infrastructure is one of the most high returning investments we can make in our towns and cities.
— Strong Towns

A bike-friendly town is more affordable for residents—who can save thousands of dollars every year if they have the option to bike instead of drive. It also builds healthier communities, both financially and physically.  

A bike-friendly town is also more affordable for the whole community. Bike infrastructure is far cheaper to maintain than car infrastructure and results in more financially productive places—not to mention healthier, safer citizens (including drivers).

Read more about why a "strong town is a bike-friendly town."

Rural Communities are Embracing the Trend

Not just an urban initiative, northern Arizona communities have adopted strategies to make roads more accessible and more safe. This is encouraging community members to make cylcing their primary mode of transprotation, traveling throughout their communities in a more sustainable way. 

Bike to Work Week

National Bike Month includes an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide — including community-wide "Bike to Work Week" - MORE

40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.
— The League of American Bicycalists

Check out all "Bike to Work Week"
Events in Northern Arizona: 

Go Local for Bikes, Gear, Repairs, or a Tune Up? 

As part of National Bike Month, you can support the many local, independent businesses which supply bike enthusiasts and friendly riders with gear, maintenance, repairs and service that help keep your bike on the road. Be sure to swing by any or all of these great bike gear locations for just what you need to stay on the road.

Cottonwood has organized a bunch of fun, family-friendly events to celebrate Bike to Work Week. Check out the schedule below. For more information on registering teams and chances to win awards click here or email [email protected]

Join Flagstaff for their 17th year promoting Flagstaff Bike to Work & School Week, May 20th through May 25th.  Enjoy tons of fun events and activities throughout the week, including the "5 Days of Biking" challenge. More information on how you can participate and the full schedule of events and activities all week long can be found here.

Annual Mountain Bike Events in
Northern Arizona

Fire on the Rim - Pine - September 2018
Tour of the White Mountains - Pinetop-Lakeside - October 2018
Sedona Mountain Bike Festival - Sedona - March 2019
The Whiskey Off Road - Prescott - April 2019