|Posted:||March 20, 2017 03:29 PM|
|From:||Representative Madeleine Dean|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Bike Month and Bike to Work Day/Week Resolution|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating the month of May 2017 as “Bike Month,” the week of May 15 through 19, 2017 as “Bike to Work Week,” and May 19, 2017 as “Bike to Work Day” in Pennsylvania.
The League of American Bicyclists has declared the week of May 15th through the 19th as “Bike to Work Week” in our Nation. During this week, employers across the country will hold events that encourage employees to bike to work as a healthful, economical, and environmentally friendly means of commuting.
As we all know, employees who are physically active are generally more alert, take fewer sick days, and are more productive than sedentary employees. The practice of biking to work provides an efficient and enjoyable way to get the exercise we need in the course of our daily commute without having to schedule additional time to “work out” at an exercise facility. Biking also reduces each individual’s “carbon footprint,” helps to reduce traffic congestion, and can save commuters fuel and other expenses associated with driving to work. Adding to these benefits is the fact that bicyclists typically arrive sooner to their workplace than their driving counterparts, particularly if their commute is three miles or shorter.
With the passage of Act 89 of 2013, Pennsylvania has become a leader in transportation and infrastructure funding, including a portion allocated for multimodal projects throughout the state. We should continue to support alternative means of transportation, including bikes, which improve our communities and encourage multimodal transportation options.
I hope you will join with me to support this community and environmentally friendly initiative.
Introduced as HR301