May is National Bike Month

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Marissa Hollowed
Photojournalist - Jason Thomason
Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

The weather is warmer and the days are longer, which means it's the perfect time to get outside.

For 55 years, National Bike Month has been the perfect time for new or returning riders to get back in the saddle and ride their bikes to work, to school or just around town.

More Americans are peddling to and from work each day. The U.S. Census Bureau found that commuting by bike increased 47 percent between 2000 and 2010.

The League of American Bicyclists estimates bikers in the U.S. saved $4.6 billion last year in commuting costs. Plus, you'll get a cardiovascular workout and just might arrive at work and back home in the evening with a little less stress.

Part of the goal of National Bike Month is to promote safety for both drivers and cyclists. Here are a few tips from the League of American Bicyclists on how to stay safe.

- Follow the rules of the road. That includes riding with traffic and obeying all traffic lights and stop signs.

- Be visible by wearing brightly colored clothing and riding where drivers can see you.

- Make sure to always wear a helmet.

Check out the video for more on National Bike Month, including Local 6's Marissa Hollowed's visit to a local bike shop.

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