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It’s time to dust off your bikes and join your neighbors and co-workers in bicycling for work, school, shopping, recreation or training this May during the Sacramento region’s annual May is Bike Month campaign. This is the eleventh year that volunteers, public agencies, businesses, and bicycling enthusiasts will partner to promote bicycling for all types of trips.

In addition to the health benefits of bicycling, you can also pedal to avoid traffic congestion, save money on gas, help reduce air pollution, and enjoy the beautiful May weather.

Participate by pledging miles at Mayisbikemonth.com, ride your bike for any reason and then log those miles on the website. Challenge your friends to a mileage contest on Facebook or by email. Or challenge yourself to ditch your car and ride your bicycle to all your destinations. “Like” May is Bike Month on Facebook to find out about events, post photos and receive bike-related updates.

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On Friday, May 1, the region will kick off the month with organized Rides-to-Work that will start in various parts of the region and end at the Capitol Rose Garden in downtown Sacramento. Check the website for details. Then after work, pedal over to HOT ITALIAN on 16th Street, to continue the festivities with music, cool giveaways, May is Bike Month shirts, fun bike-themed activities and of course, pizza!

On Thursday, May 14, the region celebrates Bike Month with a BikeFest at the State Capitol. In addition to prizes and music, the Sacramento BikeFest will feature booths by bike shops and bike groups, as well as commute information.

Throughout the month, there will be weekly prize drawings; individual, group and employer challenges; rallies; awards; safety clinics and organized rides.

Visit Mayisbikemonth.com for information about events, a bicycle trip planner, and safety information for kids and adults.

May is Bike Month is coordinated by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the region’s transportation management organizations. For more information, visit www.mayisbikemonth.com or call (916) 321-9000.