National Bike Month


Bicycle Safety Lessons, 1938

May is National Bike Month. Follow these safety measures published in the Minneapolis Tribune, October 2, 1938, as illustrated by a group of local boys. Top to bottom:

  1. The law says that a bicycle should be manned by a single rider. This group tried to make a bicycle into a passenger vehicle, and in so doing created a serious hazard.
  2. One of the most serious offenders is the “hitcher” who hangs onto an automobile pulling into the curb. Walter Scott, 814 Hawthorn Ave, shows a hazardous practice.
  3. The driver of the truck doesn’t know it, but there is danger behind. Donald Bedunah, 814 Hawthorn Ave, shows a major cause of accidents.
  4. This type of bicyclist causes many motorist’s heart palpitations. He’s riding on the wrong side of the street, a perfect target for automobiles. Roy Christenson, 804 Hawthorn Ave, is demonstrating.
  5. The bicyclist who mounts his wheel while it is out in the street without a cautious backward glance is courting trouble. Jimmy Smith, 108 Bryant Ave. N, shows the wrong method.
  6. The bicyclist who whizzes out of an alley into the street, heedless of heavy traffic, often needs an ambulance. Joe Sweeney, 74 Lyndale Ave N., posed as the rider.
  7. This risky scene is posed by Dan Lindley, 819 Hawthorn Ave, who backs a bicycle into the street without first looking for automobiles.
  8. Wilmar Lux, 1710 Hawthorn Ave, shows why some young bicyclists end up in the hospital. The street is no place for use as a bicycle repair shop.
  9. The center of the street is no place for the bicycle rider. Joe Sweeney, 74 N. Lyndale Ave., and Charles Justesen, 2012 Laurel Ave., show where bicyclists should not ride.

This week is Minneapolis Bike Week, May 11-17, 2015. Celebrate cycling safely!

Photos from the Minneapolis Historic Photographs Collection.

Psst. May is National Bike Month. Bust your bike out of storage, strap on your helmet, and hit the road! It’s good for you and it’s good for the planet.

I’m riding to work (~11 miles each way) all month and we’re going to try to leave the car at home when we run our errands. I’m also putting together all sorts of info for our library display so I’ll share it here when I’m done.

How’re you guys celebrating?


Travel the streets of Tokyo, Japan with a U.S. Department of State employee in honor of National Bike Month in May 2013.

Happy ‘Bike to Work Day’ NYC at the end of 'Bike to Work Week’. Hope you’re enjoying more than just commuting on two wheels during this wonderful 'National Bike Month’ with so many great events to get on a cycling high with! A first finding a this tattoo on my way to ISCP Open Studios in Williamsburg last Friday, courtesy of Alona (sp?) who happily allowed me to snap this cool expression of our common passion.

U.S. Diplomats Promote National Bike Month Around the World
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Do you enjoy biking on weekends, or do you bike to work?  Did you know that the U.S. Department of State has the second largest number of Federal government employees who bike to work each day?  Whether we’re in Washington, D.C. or serving at one of the 250 Foreign Service posts around the world, many of our colleagues are taking advantage of alternative options over driving to work. 

In May 2013, as U.S. diplomats did their part to promote National Bike Month, we asked our colleagues around the world to submit short videos of their daily bike commute to show not only how cool it is to ride a bike to work in London or Tokyo, but how we all have to play our part, however small, to protect the environment, promote healthy living, and prove how beautiful our neighborhoods can be when we experience it from a bike.  Check out these videos offering street views from our colleagues bicycling in the following cities:

National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month! In celebration, we present to you some pages from Lars-Peter’s Bicycle, a Danish children’s book  written by Virginia Allen Jensen and illustrated by Ib Spang Olsen. Published in 1968, it tells the story of Lars Peter, his new bicycle, and the people he encounters in his town who share their stories about the history of bicycling.

Is My Stationary Bike Good for Burning Calories?
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Riding a stationary bicycle needs the use of the quadriceps muscles in your legs and the gluteal muscles of your butt. Biking will certainly burn calories depending upon the time invested exercising, the speed and the intensity. The typical American lady weighs 164.7 pounds according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention. An average American female biking on a stationary bike for one hour will burn an estimated 595 calories according to the American Council on Workout.

Body Weight

The heavier you are, the more calories you burn at rest according to the Mayo Clinic site. A person weighing 250 pounds would burn 907 calories in one hour biking at twelve to thirteen miles per hour compared with 595 calories for a lady of average weight. If the speed is used up to sixteen to nineteen miles per hour, the 250-pound individual would burn 1361 calories and the 167-pound lady would burn 909 calories in an hour.


The more time you invest on the stationary bike, the more calories you’ll burn. While riding for thirty minutes, the typical 167 pound woman will burn 454 calories as compared to the 595 calories burned in one hour. The American College of Sports Medicine suggests thirty minutes a day of cardiovascular workout 5 days a week to prevent disease and to maintain health. The college suggests sixty to ninety minutes for calorie burning.


Apart from the basic upright bike, you can get stationary bikes that have handlebars efficient in moving at different speeds and intensities. These bikes have actually been shown to burn more calories per session than the conventional upright bike. Recumbent bikes have bucket kind seats that permit you to lean back on a back rest while biking. This position permits you to engage your stomach muscles and make use of the calf bone muscles more while cycling.


Once you feel comfy using a stationary bike alone, think about signing up with an indoor cycling class. The courses include differed regimens and intensities to keep things intriguing. The American Council on Exercise suggests that you wear cushioned shorts to shield you from any pain, and bring a large bottle of water to stay hydrated throughout of the exercise session.