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National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage bicycling in communities all over the country. Bicycling saves money and helps to preserve your health and the environment. Celebrate locally in Tampa Bay as a variety of biking events take place:

International Bike to School Day is May 4th, 2014, and several Tampa Bay area schools are partnering with Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay to help students pedal their way to class. Students are required to bike safely and wear helmets.

May 10th is the inaugural Strava Global Bike to Work Day! Log on to Strava and record your commute to work!

Cyclovia Temple Terrace is May 15th and 56th street will be closed to motor vehicles between Bush Boulevard/Bullard Parkway and Whiteway Drive. Cyclists of all kinds are free to ride through the open streets and participate in bike tours, giveaways, and other fun activities. This is Temple Terrace’s 2nd annual Cyclovia and it’s free fun for the whole family, so save the date!

Make your commute more enjoyable the week of May 16th and commute to the office by bike for Bike to Work Week. Find a safe, scenic route that is low traffic and practice the route to clock your time. Bike to Work Week is a great way to kick start healthy habits. And don’t forget to end the week with Bike to Work day on May 20th. The Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF will offer free snacks and water for cyclists who ride to campus that day.

Other events include a History Bike Ride through Tampa and Ybor City, Bikes Blues and Brews, the St. Pete Mayor’s Ride, and local Critical Mass events. Click here to view all Bike Month events in the Tampa area. Then tune up your bike, check your brakes, and get your helmets and bike lights, because there’s no better time to go for a ride!

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