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National Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 16, 2014

National Bike to Work Day

When: Always the third Friday in May

National Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity to get some exercise, and to save gas.

Here is what National Bike to Work Day is all about. This information is straight from the League of American Bicyclists...........

National Bike Month was started by the League. 2006 was the 50th anniversary. The event was timed to coincide with the arrival of warmer weather. It has inspired countless bike rides, safety inspections, commuter challenges, ribbon-cuttings, "share the road" promotions, and other varied celebrations of bicycling in communities across the nation.

One of the most popular activities in Bike Month, is encouraging people to bicycle to work and forsake their motor vehicles for just one day. Bike to Work Week is the third week in May, and the third Friday in May is designated as National Bike to Work Day.

The League was founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880. Bicyclists, known then as "wheelmen", were challenged by rutted roads of gravel and dirt, and faced antagonism from horsemen, wagon drivers, and pedestrians.

Here is another similar holiday of interest: Walk to Work Day. (First Friday of April.)

Origin of National Bike to Work Day:
League of American Bicyclists create National Bike Month, Week, and Day. For more information, visit the League of American Bicyclists website.

We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day by either an congressional records or a presidential proclamation.

This Day in History May 16th

A 14-year old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France. (1770)

The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called The "Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina. (1771)

The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri. (1843)

The U.S. Congress eliminates the half dime coin and replaces it with the five cent piece, or nickel. (1866)

United States President Andrew Johnson is acquitted in his impeachment trial by one vote in the United States Senate. (1868)

A flood on the Mill River in Massachusetts destroys much of four villages and kills 139 people. (1874)

Nikola Tesla delivers a lecture describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances. (1888)

The International Electrotechnical Exhibition opens in Frankfurt, Germany, and will feature the world's first long distance transmission of high-power, three-phase electrical current (the most common form today). (1891)

The Sedition Act of 1918 is passed by the U.S. Congress, making criticism of the government during wartime an imprisonable offense. It will be repealed less than two years later. (1918)

A naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight. (1919)

In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc. (1920)

In Hollywood, the first Academy Awards are awarded. (1929)

The Holocaust: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ends. (1943)

The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines. (1951)

Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser (a ruby laser), at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California. (1960)

A report by United States' Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine. (1988)

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom addresses a joint session of the United States Congress. She is the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress. (1991)

In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks. (2003)

STS-134 (ISS assembly flight ULF6), launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the 25th and final flight for Space Shuttle Endeavour. (2011)
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    I wish I could ride a bike again, but with all of my "bent up" disabilities it is impossible! Even though I no longer work outside the home, this seems like it would be a wonderful activity to do! Thank you for sharing!

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