May is National Bike Month, and Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (GMTMA) is inviting seasoned cyclists and newbies alike to celebrate by registering for the Bike to Work Week event. Greater Mercer TMA is a non-profit transportation management association dedicated to promoting environmentally-friendly transportation options.
“Bike to Work Week serves as a great reminder that biking is more than recreation, it’s transportation too,” said Cheryl Kastrenakes, GMTMA’s executive director. “Whether you’re a long time bike commuter or just getting started, celebrate biking with our bike month activities. After a long cold winter, we hope that everyone feels motivated to get on their bike and enjoy spring weather.”
GMTMA’s biggest event is its annual Bike to Work Week, which is May 14-18. Registration for the event is open on GMTMA’s website, www.gmtma.org. The first 100 registrants will receive a free Bike to Work t-shirt. After the week is up, all registrantswho log their miles on GMTMA’s website will automatically be entered in a drawing to win one of the terrific prizes provided by Bike to Work Week’s sponsors: Kopp’s Cycle, REI Princeton, Greater Mercer TMA, St. Lawrence Rehab, Wegmans Princeton, Whole Earth Foods, and Zvelta.
Other GMTMA promotions during Bike to Work Week are the Employer Bike Challenge for groups of fellow employees, the Visions of Bicycling photo contest, and Bike to Food and Friends for people who are cannot to bike to work but want to replace as many car trips as possible with bike trips such taking kids to school or on errands. Participants in these promotions are also entered in prize drawings.
Throughout the year, GMTMA offers information and safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and can provide onsite bike safety and pedestrian education programs at corporate locations, for schoolsand camp programs, as well as seniors. GMTMA can also help your community do a walkability audit and identify concerns for pedestrians related to the safety, access, comfort and convenience of the walking environment. An audit can also help identify potential solutions such as engineering treatments, policy changes or education and enforcement.
Check out the Bike Commuter Journal series on our blog at gmtma.org, and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to share your bike commuting experiences or if you have any Bike to Work Week questions.