by Todd Delk
Author H.G. Wells once said, “Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the human race.” If that is the case, then May is the month for abandoning despair! This month, as the weather warms and we all get to shake off the melancholy of winter, we celebrate Bike Month all across the nation. We in the Bike/Ped world get excited to see the ever-increasing number of cyclists out on the roads and trails, construction starting on projects we bid over the winter, and ribbons being cut on new greenways.
Each year, National Bike Month helps highlight cycling as an important and sustainable way to travel and as a way of life. While commuting trips by bike increased 60% from 2000 to 2013, cyclists still only account for 0.6% commuters across the US (2016). At the same time, over 14% of commuters travel less than 10 minutes to work, and almost 30% less than 15. This month offers a great opportunity to encourage people of all ages to bike to work or school, or just integrate biking into their daily routines.
The Stewart Bike/Ped Team will be doing our part this month with numerous events and activities aimed at increasing the bike commute share for our offices and communities across the state:
• Wednesday, May 9 – Bike to School Day at Walter L. Parsley Elementary School in Wilmington
• Monday, May 14 – Friday, May 18 – Stewart Bike to Work Week Challenge
• Friday, May 18 – Bike to Work commutes in conjunction with Bike Raleigh and Free Wheelin’ Fridays (Charlotte), including a Bike to Work Day pit stop at our future home, The Dillon
We invite everyone to stop by our pit stop at The Dillon to get a sneak peek of the new office while enjoying some treats and drinks from our Warehouse District neighbors. If you can’t bike with us, be sure to check out our social channels for some exciting highlights of Stewart projects, including the Charlotte Uptown Cycle Track, Durham’s Belt Line Trail, Tanyard Branch Greenway, and the Crabtree Creek connection to Umstead State Park in Raleigh. Our Bike/Ped team members will also be sharing their inspiration stories as we wrap up the month, featuring what inspires them on a daily basis and why they are passionate about working in the field.
So, saddle up and join us throughout the month during these cycling celebrations, and don’t forget to check out community events in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte. We hope to see you soon – if not on two wheels, at least online as we share our projects and inspiration stories, and celebrate throughout the month of May. And we promise not to tease you if you don’t show up in Lycra!