May is Bike Month, and waves of enthusiastic cyclists are pedaling along the roads and trails in Sacramento. Cycling is a great way to stay active, get some fresh air, and explore your surroundings.
Explore seven ways to make cycling a regular part of your life this May and throughout the year.
7 Ways to Make Cycling Part of Your Routine in Bike Month & Beyond
#1: Attend Local Cycling Events
One of the best ways to get involved in the cycling community is to attend local biking events. Sacramento offers many exciting events during Bike Month to encourage people to get out and ride. Check out Love to Ride from the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates to discover events near you. Attending events is not only a great way to meet other cyclists, but it's also a way to learn more about cycling in your community.
#2: Bike Your Way Around Town
Biking to work is an easy way for Sacramentans to make cycling part of their day-to-day. However, if your commute is a little too long to bike, don’t despair.
Consider other ways to make biking part of your routine, like picking up a bike basket and pedaling to the grocery store, hopping on the bike to grab your cup of coffee in the morning, or taking a ride to unwind after the work day.
#3: Explore Bike-Friendly Establishments
Sacramento is home to a wealth of bicycle-friendly businesses. Look for restaurants with bike racks or stores offering bike parking. Knowing that a company is ready to accommodate cyclists can make it more likely that you'll choose to ride instead of drive.
#4: Connect with the Local Cycling Community
Having a friend or community to ride with can make cycling more enjoyable and help keep you accountable. According to the CDC, having a workout buddy can help you feel more motivated, adventurous, and consistent with your routine. So next time you’re ready to strap on your helmet to go for a ride, try inviting a friend along.
#5: Make Cycling a Family Activity
Get out with your partner, kids, relatives, or roommates.
Cycling is a wonderful, family-friendly activity. Get your partner, kids, relatives, or roommates involved in your Bike Month adventure to help you stay motivated and enjoy some quality time together.
#6: Invest in the Right Equipment
Investing in the right equipment can make a big difference in your cycling experience. Make sure you have a helmet and any other safety gear you need. Having the right gear can help keep you safe and help you feel more confident once you hit the open road.
#7: Gamify Your Ride
Participating in a challenge like Bike Month can be a great way to motivate yourself to ride regularly. Set a goal for yourself, such as riding a certain number of miles in a month, and track your progress.
Are you taking the Bike Month challenge? Cycling is a great way to get outside, get active, and enjoy the May sunshine. Plus, skipping a car ride or two is a great way to be kinder to your wallet and our atmosphere. Ready to hit the trail? Get outside and celebrate bike month by exploring some of the best cycling trails in the Sacramento area.