According to The League of American Bicyclists, from 2005-2013, the state of Iowa's saw an increase from 0 to 39% in people commuting by bike
May is Bike to Work Month, and every year Iowans participate in this nationwide celebration in commuting to work by biking, in efforts to sustain a cleaner and healthier way to commute to work.
This year’s Bike to Work Day is this Friday, May 19, and there are plenty of resources and activities to participate in for the holiday.
Over the course of years, thousands of Iowans have been participating in Bike to Work Day, and the numbers continue to grow at rapid rates locally and nationally.
Sponsored by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, new and classic bike month events and rides will be held across the state. You can check out their Facebook page for a list of events and further updates.
In addition, Des Moines B-cycle, a bike sharing system downtown allows you to rent bikes at the many stations planted downtown for low rates starting at $3 for the first 30 minutes.
Biking has been proved to be a low-stress physical activity that can help reduce the number cars on the road, downsize traffic congestion and help make parking more accessible in your city.
Other benefits to bike commuting including improving one’s health and fitness, saving money, easier and less expensive parking and being more environmentally friendly to your community.
And while bicycling as an alternative source of transportation have many benefits, the the growth of biking in large cities across the nation continue to rise.