Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed May to be Bike Month in Carrboro.
National Bike Month is a reminder that biking can be easily added to many people’s transportation routines. Transportation is now the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in North Carolina, and biking is an easy way for people to reduce their carbon footprint and advance the Town’s climate action goals by avoiding the use of single-occupancy vehicles and reducing reliance on nonrenewable resources for transportation.
High-quality bicycle facilities, together with pedestrian infrastructure and public transit, can help communities achieve equity goals by expanding the availability of transportation alternatives that are less costly and more accessible for more people.
National Bike Month is also an opportunity to experience the joys and health benefits of biking, to get outside during the spring season, and to see and experience the community at a different scale and pace.
In 2010, Carrboro became the first community in North Carolina to be designated a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Numerous Town plans include policies that support biking, such as the Carrboro Connects Comprehensive Plan, the Updated Bike Plan, and the Safe Routes to School Strategic Action Plan.
More work is needed at local and regional levels to ensure that more residents are able to participate in planning for infrastructure improvements and have equitable access to bicycle infrastructure so that biking, and biking in combination with transit, are reliable options for commuting and for meeting everyday needs.
“I encourage residents to add biking to their transportation routines; to become advocates for biking, bicycle infrastructure, and bicycle-friendly laws and policies; and to take delight in every ride,” says Mayor Seils.
Bike Month Events Rolling Your Way In May
- Wednesday, May 3: Bike & Roll to School Day
- Tuesday, May 9: Ride with the Mayor
- Tuesday, May 9: Carrboro Bike Breakfast
- Monday, May 15 – Sunday, May 21: Bike to Work Week
- Wednesday, May 17: Bike to the Carrboro Farmers’ Market
- Friday, May 19: Bike to Work Day
…and other events organized with local partners including the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, the Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill, and the Town of Chapel Hill.
Read more about Bike Month in the full proclamation here: https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12695/2023-Bike-Month-Proclamation