May is National Bike Month! The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 12-16 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 16. On Friday, May 16 at 7:00 a.m., a bicycle commuter convoy will depart from the fountain at Five Points South (Birmingham’s Southside). The group will ride a 7-mile route throughout Birmingham’s City Center to tour ongoing and future downtown revitalization projects and to raise cycling awareness. The ride will terminate between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. at the Center for Regional Planning and Design, 1735 1st Avenue North, where there will be a photo opportunity, news media, cold drinks, and distribution of giveaway items for all participants. For complete route information visit the Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization’s website: www.bhammpo.org The event is sponsored by the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham with the support of the Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Birmingham Bicycle Club, GC Cycling, Vulcan Triatheletes, Jefferson County Department of Health, and CommuteSmart. Citizens throughout many American cities and towns participate in this annual initiative by conducting “group rides” to highlight the benefits of cycling as a viable mode of transportation and means of regular exercise. Bicycling is one of the most popular activities in the United States, and it’s healthy too! Bicycling can help in weight loss, reduce stress and improves cardio-vascular function. Taking your bike to work instead of the car also improves regional air quality by reducing vehicular emissions. Biking to work can be an efficient, safe and fun way to get the exercise you need while also providing a broader public health benefit. For many bicycle commuters across the country, biking to work makes for good use of commute time and reduces costly fuel consumption. For metro Birmingham it makes more sense than ever! The League has set up an event website providing information on events all across the nation at www.bikemonth.com.