Thursday, May 19, 2011

May is National Bike Month

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Hurray for bikes!
May is National Bike Month and to that end, the next bunch of days is chock full of great events and actitivities designed to promote bikes and get more people out riding. It's a chance for people to consciously promote cycling and the many ways bicycling is such a fun and useful way to get around.
The League of American Bicyclists has a nifty page where you can find all the events taking place near you, as well as a list of 50 ways to celebrate bike month in a PDF file. A couple examples:
  • Wear spandex to your next work meeting.
  • Plan a vacation on your bike
  • Put on a bike rodeo at your kid's school
  • Ask your employer to install bike racks
As you can see, some are silly, some are serious, but all fifty suggestions are ways to celebrate cycling.
Many events in National Bike Month are clustered around the week of May 16-20. In particular, Friday, May 20 is celebrated as National Bike to Work day in many places. Many communities make a big deal out of this, with refueling stops along the way for cyclists to grab a bagel or some coffee, mingle just a bit and celebrate the event.
There are a number of terrific resources available to help with this. These might be useful to you or just good to pass along for someone considering taking their bike out more.
  • 50 Ways to Celebrate Bike Month
  • Bike to Work: the Hows, Whys and Simple Pleasures of the Two-Wheeled Commute
  • Special events taking place across the country - State-by-state listing
Whether or not you participate in an "official" event, let National Bike Month be a reminder that the weather is getting better, and that it's always a good time to get out on your bike.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Paris, France

Everyone who visits Paris for the first time probably has the same punchlist of major attractions to hit: The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, etc. Just make sure you leave some time to wander the city’s grand boulevards and eat in as many cafes, bistros and brasseries as possible. And don’t forget the shopping—whether your tastes run to Louis Vuitton or Les Puces (the flea market), you can find it here.

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New York City, New York

The first time you go to New York, go ahead and be a sight-seer—everyone should visit the Statue of Liberty, the Met, Times Square, etc. But on a return trip, pick a neighborhood and go deep. You’ll find hole-in-the-wall bars, great delis, quirky shops… exploring the non-touristy side of New York is an incredibly rewarding experience for a traveler.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Venerable, dramatic EDINBURGH, the showcase capital of Scotland, is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city. The setting is wonderfully striking: perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags which rise from the generally flat landscape of the Lothians, with the sheltered shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north. 


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