The Delaware Department of Transportation has declared May to be Bicycle Month, and will sponsor a variety of events to raise public awareness about bicycling as an inexpensive and environmentally sensitive alternative to driving.
The Legislative Bike Ride to Legislative Mall will kick off Bicycle Month on May 1. Bikers will pedal 60 miles from Newark, 30 miles from Middletown, 24 miles from Milford, and 37 miles from Milton, to the finish line in Dover. Cyclists can register for the ride at www.bike.deldot.gov.
Bike to School Day is May 8. Local children are encouraged to bike to and from school.
These events are designed not only to encourage people to bike, but also to promote safer roadways. Both bicyclists and motorists are asked to be more aware of each other and "see it both ways" while sharing the streets. DelDOT is installing new bicycle lanes on many roads, adding bicycle racks and lockers at Park & Ride facilities, and installing bike racks on fixed bus routes.
Last year, Delaware leapt eight places in the League of American Bicyclists ranking of "bicycle friendly" states. Delaware was also the only state that the League chose to profile in its recent "Bicycle Friendly America" publication.