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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2011

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Leah Bucco-White, Communication and Legislative Services, DHHS (402) 471-9356, Leah.Bucco-White@nebraska.gov

Nebraskans Celebrate Bike Month and Bike to Work Week

Lincoln – May is here and spring is in the air! It’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy Nebraska’s natural beauty, history, and culture from the unique perspective of a bicycle. Many Nebraskans engage in bicycling for transportation, recreation, physical activity, environmental preservation, competition and fun.

To encourage more bicycling, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is celebrating May as National Bike Month and May 16th through the 20th as Bike to Work Week.

“Healthy and active Nebraskans have chosen another way to view our wonderful state via other transportation…the bicycle,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “People who choose to bicycle either to work, for fun, or on the local trail systems with their families are improving their health while decreasing their risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and several cancers. It’s a great way to get your daily physical activity in, but remember, you need to wear your helmet regularly to be safe!”

Many local events are being held statewide to celebrate the month and Bike to Work Week. Local public health departments, schools, local parks and recreation departments, physical activity coalitions, or businesses can help identify events and celebrations throughout the state.

Following are some tips from the League of American Bicyclists, the national organization of bicyclists, 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 organize Bike Month or Bike to Work Week events, visit: http://www.bikeleague.org/. For additional 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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