Whether you live in a city, suburb or small town,
on your bicycle is where you should be found.
Two wheels, the breeze, and lots of fun,
jealous stares from everyone.
Biking is a sport, a hobby, or exercise,
just hop on and make your destination a surprise.
You can ride with a basket, helmet, or Guilden CarryAll,
make sure to tie your laces so you do not fall.
Look around when you ride and what you see may be a surprise,
other bikers of all genders, ages, and backgrounds pumping their thighs.
The best part about biking is it's open to all
so crank those gears, get out there and have a ball!
See you at Bike to Work Day 2013! We will be at the Arlington Transportation Partners Rossyln, VA stop from 6:30am - 9:00pm and Transportation Alternatives Bike to Work Party, NYC starting at 5:00pm.
How are you celebrating Bike to Work Day?
Mother’s day is the special time of year when you get to tell Mom how much you appreciate her. If you have a mom that bikes or would like to bike more often, give her the gift of encouragement with some great gear she can be proud of on and off the bike. We’ve compiled the top gifts for Mom this biking season.
For the Mom that bikes rain or shine Iva Jean makes a gorgeous, fashionable Rain Cape that makes biking in the rain a breeze
For the stylish mom that hops on/off her bike and wants to make sure she is always styling. The GLC WonderWoman Cuff is hand made in NYC of solid brass with a Swarovski crystal detail
This small inexpensive antibacterial towel made of bamboo is packed in a compact round shape that makes it easy to throw in your bag. It is inexpensive and also reusable
This gorgeous skirt will keep mom ready for anything –work, lunch with friends or her bike. The Reveal Skirt has a zip on the back that gives it 12 extra inches so that you can bike in comfort.
Vespertine is known for their innovative reflective, fashion forward clothing. Get mom this skinny belt that will shine through the night while she is biking but also look great with her favorite outfit during the day
The GLC Verstile Guilden Large is the perfect bag for any mom on the go. Wear it over the shoulder, on the crook of your arm, cross body or as a comfy backpack. Never run out of room to store things with its various compartments and luxe, vegan, waterproof shell and lining. Perfect for the bike, the board room or a weekend away, this bag takes mom anywhere in style
May 1st marks the start of spring time weather, beautiful flowers, and most importantly, BIKE MONTH! Here are a few ways GiveLoveCycle celebrates #BikeMonth.
Over the past few years, I have been a big advocate for commuting on bike. “You don’t need your car to go there”, I often said without understanding why everyone didn’t want to get on their bikes and get their blood pumping and enjoy some wind in their hair. What I didn’t realize is that I was speaking from the point of view of a city rider. Everything is so accessible to me. Even if I am forced to ride on a street with no bike lane, I don’t feel discouraged, as there is sure to be a bike lane around the next turn. It wasn’t until we stayed in NJ for a small stint to get our apartment renovated that I understood why it is hard for people in suburban areas to get on a bike and go. I tried riding from my sister’s house to my parent’s house, a nice 7.5mile ride each way and I have to say it made me nervous. Not only were there absolutely no bike lanes some of the roads do not even have a shoulder. It got me thinking that perhaps I should help promote the addition of bike lanes. But how? I did some research and found some great tips on how to get started.
1. INFORM YOURSELF
In order for a government agency to take you serious, first inform yourself on the system that is in place (if any) and get together with a community bike group and see what they feel the needs are
2. CONTACT CITY OFFICIALS
Make a phone call to the appropriate official –someone in the transportation department, to let them know you are a concerned citizen and would like to have bike lanes put in and ask what the next steps would be.
3. CREATE A PLAN OF ACTION
If the City was open to your request, set up a meeting and push for a timeline to get the bike infrastructure going
If the City was not open to your request and feels it is something they will not move forward with in the near future, you will need to prove to them why the bike infrastructure is important and can benefit your city. This will involve petitions and attending Town Hall meetings to understand City planning
4. SET UP A TIMELINE AND DELEGATE TASKS
Get together with your group and set a timeline up for when you want to get the job done. This will help you create specific target goals to ensure you are on track with the planning. Delegate tasks to each individual so you are all simultaneously working towards the same goal but not duplicating your efforts.
5. BE PERSISTENT
Dealing with a city agency and the bureaucracy that comes with that is a tedious task. Don’t give up your efforts or hope. Make sure that the City and their officials know you will not give up your fight. Go on public forums that involve your city like online discussions and make sure everyone knows what you are trying to do
Hope these few tips can help you get started. We would love to hear from you if you have any experience with this.