Lewes Mayor Jim Ford has issued a proclamation announcing that May is National Bike Month. Following the mission of the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization of bicyclists, May 13-17 is Bike to Work Week and Friday, May 17 is Bike to Work Day. Ford invites everyone to join him as he bikes to work beginning at 8:30 a.m., Friday, May 17, from his home at 910 Savannah Road.
In an official proclamation at the April Lewes City Council meeting supporting May as National Bike Month, Ford proclaimed May 2013 as Lewes Bicycle Month and also recognized May 13-17 as Lewes Bike to Work Week and Friday, May 17 as Lewes Bike to Work Day. In his proclamation he said, “Lewes residents and visitors are among millions of Americans who engage in bicycling as an environmentally sound mode of transportation and an excellent form of fitness and healthy activity for quality family recreation.”
His proclamation also recognized the efforts of the Lewes Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which is organizing the mayor’s bike to work ride and the fact that Lewes has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with a Bronze Level award as a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Bike to Work Day riders are asked to arrive at Ford’s house around 8 a.m. Helmets are mandatory, and the ride will follow an easy, flat route through town to City Hall on Third Street. Every rider will receive a commemorative T-shirt that recognizes Bike to Work Day in Delaware.
Mike Tyler, chairman of the Lewes Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, said, “Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need without having to find extra time to work out. And this year, with shifting gas prices, biking to work makes more sense than ever.” For more information contact Tyler at 302-645-7572.
Here are some tips that will help participants enjoy biking to work more:
• Have your bike checked by your local bike shop
• Always wear a helmet to protect you in the event of a crash.
• Ride in the right-most lane with traffic.
• Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings.
• Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act.
• Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns.