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May 17, 2010

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Nebraskans Celebrate Bike Month and Bike to Work Week


Lincoln – Spring is here and May is a perfect month to enjoy Nebraska’s natural beauty, history, and culture from the perspective of a bicycle. Many Nebraskans engage in bicycling for fun, recreation, physical activity, environmental preservation and transportation.

To encourage more trips to work via a bicycle, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services together with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are celebrating May as National Bike Month and May 17th through the 21st as Bike to Work Week.

“Nebraska has a vast network of scenic rural roads and trail systems, and pleasant weather conditions making the Cornhusker state a great place to ride, whether it’s to work or to get physically active,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Increased bicycle use promotes health and becomes another tool in the tool chest for making a healthy lifestyle.”

“National Bike Month is a great way to enjoy Nebraska’s spring season,” said Roger Kuhn, Assistant Director of Parks of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Join the celebration by getting out and biking at a state park area or local trail near you. The Nebraska State Park System offers hundreds of miles of trails for all ages and abilities as a way to enjoy some year round family fun.”

Recently, Governor Dave Heineman signed a proclamation promoting May as Nebraska Bicycle Month. Also, many local events are being held statewide to celebrate the month and Bike to Work Week. Local public health departments, local parks and recreation departments, physical activity coalitions, or businesses can help identify events and celebrations throughout the state.

Following are some tips that will help you enjoy biking to work more:

  • Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop.
  • Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash.
  • Ride to the far right side of the roadway or street.
  • Obey all traffic laws (stop signs, traffic lights, and yield signs).
  • Look before you change lanes or make a turn; indicate your intention, then act.
  • Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns.

To create Bike Month or Bike to Work Week events, visit: http://www.bikeleague.org/. Visit the Nebraska Game and Parks website to identify a trail near you at: http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/parks/guides/trails/findtrails.asp. For addition information on physical activity visit the Nutrition and Activity for Health program at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/nafh.aspx.

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