Celebrate Bike to Work Week
May 12-16, 2014
May is National Bike Month, a celebration of the importance and benefits of cycling and a time to encourage communities to be more bike-friendly.
Bicycling has numerous health, economic, and environmental benefits. Studies show that adults who biked to work were fitter, less likely to be obese, and had better blood pressure, triglycerides, and insulin levels than adults who did not bike to work. Biking as transportation allows you to fit your daily physical activity into your daily schedule and acts as a great stress reliever!
Bicycling can also save you money! On average, the annual operating expense of a bike is only $308, compared to the more than $8000 in car expenses. In 2012, Americans saved around $4.6 billion by bicycling instead of driving.
Keep an eye on the Access Health Facebook Page for helpful tips on biking to work or around your community, walking to work if biking is not your style, and info for cyclists and drivers about safely sharing the road!
Enter to win a $20 gift certificate to a local bike shop - comment on our page every time you walk or bike to work in May, and you could win 1 of our 4 certificates.
For more info about biking visit: www.bikeleague.org
The Physical Activity and Nutrition Committee is creating communities that support active living and healthy eating. For more information, contact Colleen Fuller, 373-6925.
Brunswick Walking Map - highlights walking and biking routes and bike and pedestrian safety features in downtown Brunswick
Healthy Maine Walks - find a local walk or hike that fits your ability and lifestyle
Maine Trail Finder - find a Maine trail to walk, hike, snowshoe or mountain bike
Map My Ride - share your favorite bike rides or find a recommendation from others
Physical Activity Guide - learn where to be active in Sagadahoc County, Brunswick or Harpswell
Explore Maine by Bike - find popular Maine bike tours
Walk and Bike to School - contact Colleen Fuller, 373-6925 to see if your school participates
Matter of Balance - reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels of older adults. Contact Jessica Loney, 373-6592 to schedule a class
Be a Safe Walker, Be a Safe Biker - tips to be safe while being active
Get Involved in Local Efforts!
Bowdoinham Walking, Biking, Paddling Committee
Merrymeeting Trail Initiative
Androscoggin Brunswick Topsham Riverwalk
Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club
Maine Outdoor Adventure Club (MOAC)
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Find out more about Access Health by contacting Partnership Director Melissa Fochesato, (207) 373-6957.