Wrought with complication and controversy, the tale of the bicycle is not easily told. Today’s modern bicycle has seen many iterations since its early ancestor was built in the 1400s. And we’re not even sure you could call that 14th century human powered machine a bicycle.
In the early 1800s, adaptations of the Velocipede took off, with an early model of the creation we recognize as a bicycle. Now over 100 million bikes are produced each year, and nearly 1 in 6 people worldwide use a bicycle.
We think that’s worth celebrating!
Each May the League of American Cyclists host events across the country for National Bike Month. They also encourage individuals to plan events in their community. Here’s how to plan a Bike Month Event in your city:
Decide on the Event
With only a month or so to plan, pick an event with few logistics. Create a Bike to Work competition. Connect with local businesses to offer incentives to your coworkers or employees. Contact a local bike shop and host a bike maintenance class. Or pick a night to gather your friends and bike to the movies or the local brewery together.
Work Out the Logistics
Do you need to contact local businesses? The more time you give them to think and respond, the better. Will you serve food at your event? Leave time during that week to visit the grocery store. Also wrangle in some of your friends to help plan and spread the word.
Spread the Word
Thankfully, our world of technology makes event planning easier than ever. Make an event page on Facebook and invite everyone you know in the area. Ask your friends to invite their friends. Put up a flyer in the break room. If you’re event is big enough, consider sending out a press release in the local paper.
Check out the League of American Cyclists for more tips on planning your Bike Month event!