National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
Given all of the holidays that are out there, it is no surprise to me that May is National Bike Month. Biking is a great activity that is suitable for people of all ages.
I can remember as a kid learning to ride my bike in the church parking lot across the street from my house. It was a great lot with just one pole in the middle of it (guess who hit it! yup, that would be me). When my friends would come over to play, we would use that parking lot and just ride our bikes around in circles, chasing one another and making up games about super heros. I can remember riding my bike over to my best friends house for an afternoon of playing and going for bike rides with my family across town to the local ice cream shop. The town I grew up in had a bike trail that started just outside of the neighborhood that I lived in and crossed town. (not related, but it was that same bike trail that was the top of the "hill" that we used to sled on.)
When I was in college, the guy I was dating and I decided that we would take up biking together. We went out and bought gear and biked. We would bring our bikes when we visited his family and ride on the Tow Path in Northeast Ohio. We even registered for a few bike rides and completed those.
Then, I went a few years without really riding my bike. I would say a lot of it had to do with living in Pittsburgh - have you seen those hills? - and then being pregnant and having infants. We got the kids bikes and taught them to ride.
Then, last year the new Y opened in town. I wound up taking a Spinning class, because the first week of the new year, they had issues with the lights not working in the rooms. The Spinning class didn't require the lights and the equipment is self-propelled, so class went on and since I couldn't do my intended workout, I joined them to give it a try. I was hooked. Then, my husband entered a weight loss challenge with a friend and started going to the Y and riding the bikes as part of his workout. So, when spring rolled around, we decided it might be fun to go on a family bike ride and started to explore the local bike paths. We really enjoyed it, setting our trips to about 20 miles round trip with a stop at the turn around for lunch or dinner. We invited our friends and their parents to join us a few times too. It was a great way to spend time as a family and to spend time visiting with friends. Creating memories for our family, like I had as a kid.
Last week, we had our first peek at warm weather and it was spring break, so we decided to head out and tried out a new to us trail, after buying a new 'grown-up' bike for our son, complete with hand breaks and 21 gears. It was only 14 miles round trip, but with the windy day, it was good that it was not any longer. I can't wait until the warm weather is here to stay and we can do more bike rides.
Max & Erma’s gears up for National Bike Month
Each restaurant to give away a new bike and helmet
Columbus, Ohio—National Bike Month is right around the corner and Max & Erma’s restaurants is inviting kids to join their kid-loving dog and mascot, Scraps, to “Ride with Scraps” and enter to win a new bicycle and helmet. Every kid’s meal ordered at area Max & Erma’s from March 24-April 22 will receive an entry into the drawing to Ride with Scraps. The drawing will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at all participating Max & Erma’s restaurants.
“At Max & Erma’s, we love kids and families,” said Steve Weis, President of Max & Erma’s. “Every Tuesday, kids can eat free from our kids’ menu and now, we are also giving kids the opportunity to win a new bike and helmet, just in time for spring.”
As part of the Ride with Scraps promotion, Max & Erma’s is hosting a used bike drive at its participating locations in April. Visit your local Max & Erma’s for exact bike drive date and details. A coupon redeemable for one of Max & Erma’s famous hamburgers during the month of May (National Hamburger Month) will be given with each bicycle donated. The donated bikes will benefit local children’s charities.
Celebrating its 42-year heritage, Columbus, Ohio based Max & Erma's—home to America's Best Cheeseburger—has embarked on an extensive system-wide program to reignite growth. With innovative new gourmet burgers and other new food and drink items, an all-new look, the launch of Free Cookies Wednesday and Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays, Max & Erma's is an increasingly popular neighborhood gathering spot.
More information is available at http://pressroom.maxandermas.com/, Max & Erma’s Facebook page, and @MaxErmas on Twitter.
National Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.
Courtesy of Max & Erma's to help celebrate National Bike Month and their giveaway of one new bike and helmet per participating location, I have the opportunity to give away to one A Busy Mom of Two reader, a $25 gift card to Max & Erma's.
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No compensation was received for this post. Max & Erma's provided the information about National Bike Month and their Ride with Scraps bike and helmet giveaway, as well as a gift card for my family and for the giveaway. All opinions expressed are entirely my own or that of my family.