Do you ever get yourself from point A to point B using pedal power? If so, you may know this week marks Bike to Work Week, a part of the broader Bike Month sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists.
Whether biking to work or school, a run to the grocery store or just a fun ride on a local trail, biking not only saves time and money but also your health and the environment too. There are many benefits to leaving your gas guzzling car behind every once in awhile and exploring your community from a bicycle.
As part of Bike to Work week, I’m giving away two different books on bicycling to two different winners!
Bicycling A ReIntroduction is an awesome visual reference to help you choose, repair, maintain and operate a bicycle. The big visual reference book packs more than 125 pages of information on everything from why you should get on a bicycle, choosing the right bike and even how to fix a bicycle. This guide seems perfect for a person just looking at getting into bicycling and is a well-rounded guide that will lead you through all the do’s and don’ts with plenty of pictures too!
Complete Bike Maintenance: New and Expanded Edition is another fantastic, full-color reference guide focused on bicycle repair. Packed with giant photos, this book contains nearly 200 pages of detailed instructions on how to maintain and fix road, mountain and commuter bikes. From braking systems to gears and hubs, this reference guide seems better aimed at more advanced bicyclists who are interested in taking the time to fix and repair any issues with their bicycle themselves.
Unfortunately in the Tri-State region there are no Bike to Work Week events listed or planned. The Evansville community doesn’t sport much in the way of bike lanes or even bike friendly streets which is a shame. I hope city leaders will one day decide to overhaul some of the city’s major thoroughfares and make them more accommodating to people on bikes. Out of 244 ranked communities, Evansville ranks 184th. Are you curious to know which communities are the most bike friendly? Check out the breakdown here.
|Population: 116,217 Rank: #184 of 244|
|Percentage of bicycle commuters||0.70%||#104||See top 10|
|Est. number of bicycle commuters||409||#145||See top 10|
|Percentage of bike commuters
that are female
|37%||#40||See top 10|
|Percentage of population
in college or grad school
The Evansville Trails Coalition is continuously fighting an uphill battle to construct and introduce more trails for outdoor recreation in the Evansville area. The group has already helped to spearhead a trail across the downtown riverfront which is super but more needs to be done. View local trails and efforts at the Evansville Trails Coalition website. In the meantime, check out the Bike to Work Commuter’s Booklet or Smart Cycling Brochure.
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