May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities throughout the country. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling, such as less pollution and cleaner air, improved health, reduced traffic, economically friendly, and fun for the rider.
In 2021, Bike to Work Week takes place May 17 – 23, with Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 21. City of Hilliard employees and residents are encouraged to participate by biking to work all week long.
The City of Hilliard has three regional trails: Hellbranch Trail, Heritage Rail Trail, and Hayden Run Trail. See the map here.
According to Deputy City Engineer Letty Schamp, the City is working on connecting trails and building new ones.
“We’re trying to create a network so people have the option to ride their bikes or walk places, and not always get in their car,” Schamp said.
Before every trip, bicyclists are reminded to:
- Give your bike a quick ABC check (air pressure in your tires, brakes and chain)
- Wear a helmet and bright colored or reflective clothing. Don’t wear headphones or earbuds
- Ride with traffic not against
- Obey all traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns and stop at lights
Meanwhile, drivers should:
- Reduce speed near bicyclists
- Use 3-foot rule when passing a bicyclist
- Look both ways at stop signs and signal lights
- Be extra cautious of children bicyclists
Whether riding for fun, fitness or with family, or taking essential trips to work or shop, those who cycle are part of the movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people.