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Happy National Bike Month!

Bike MonthDid you know that May is National Bike Month? Established in 1956, it’s a yearly event in which bicycling enthusiasts are encouraged to promote the many benefits that bicycling offers and invite those around them, who may not have really tried much biking before, to give it a spin. National Bike Safety Month, which is also celebrated in May, is a great companion event that puts a special focus on the importance of bike safety.

In honor of National Bike Month, we’d like to share some of the best reasons to get on your bike and go for a ride today:

  • Biking is heart-healthy and helps you lose weight. Biking just 20 miles a week can reduce your risk of coronary disease by 50%! It’s also an excellent, low-friction way to shed a few pounds you may have gained while hibernating this winter.
  • Biking increases your levels of vitamin D. If your doctor is telling you to get more vitamin D, biking is a great and completely natural way to check that off your to do list. Getting more vitamin D in your system can improve your mood and help reduce the likelihood of heart disease and cancer.
  • Biking to work saves you money. Especially if you live in a large metro area like New York, where we’re based, biking to work saves you plenty of money on transportation costs—whether that’s subway and bus fares or gas for your car. In fact, biking more often instead of hopping in the car can reduce wear and tear on your car. Curious to try it out? There’s no better excuse than National Bike to Work Day, which is coming up on May 20.
  • Biking makes you feel fantastic. Just like runners get in the flow state, in which they feel a great sense of calm and happiness as an endorphin rush kicks in, cyclists often report that after a few minutes of riding they begin to feel terrific. And, as with many forms of exercise, biking can ease stress and help you get to sleep more easily at night.
  • Biking gives you a sense of freedom. Here in America, there’s this mystique about driving a car on the open road. It’s said to give us a sense of freedom and independence. Well, the same thing applies to biking! Going wherever your heart takes you, on your own power, is an immensely freeing experience.
  • Biking helps you appreciate your surroundings. Sometimes life moves too fast, and biking is a great way to stop and appreciate the world around you. If you don’t know your neighborhood or area so well, taking a tour on your bike is a great way to get to know it. Biking can stimulate a sense of curiosity in you, adding to your overall sense of creativity and well-being.

bike_month_web_900x900Are you interested in getting started with bicycling, or do you know someone who might want to give it a try? Check out our full line of bicycle accessories including bicycle helmets, bicycle seat covers, sports bottles, and bicycle bells. If you’re interested in promoting bike safety, we have a number of products focused on that topic too, such as bike safety books, bike lights, and clip-on LED reflector safety lights.

Looking for some expert guidance on promotional gifts or products might be a good fit for your business? Get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook or call us at 877-881-6845 and we’ll be glad to advise you on exceptional promotional products that can represent your brand with style and grace.

May Holidays, Events, and Awareness Dates to Keep on Your Radar

May is just around the corner, and with it, the full flower of spring. We’re beginning to see some really lovely weather, and the parks here in New York are filling up with people biking, jogging, or just relaxing with a good book in the sunshine. As we did last month, we’d like to give you the heads up on several great opportunities to keep your business top of mind with clients and business partners during the month of May. Here are some of the upcoming holidays, events, and awareness dates coming up that you might want to have on your radar for promotional campaigns and giveaways—from lighthearted humorous occasions to thoughtful remembrances.


Holidays and Awareness Days

May 3 – National Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers play such an important role in helping us succeed in life, and it’s worth taking a moment each year to acknowledge everything they do for us. Celebrated as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, National Teacher Appreciation Day is dedicated to thanking the educators who have made incredible contributions to our futures and to society as a whole.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Franco-Mexican war. Although it’s not a major holiday in the country of its origin, Cinco de Mayo is a yearly occasion to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage here in the U.S.

May 6 – Nurse’s Day

On Nurse’s Day, communities honor the hard work and dedication of nurses, whose thoughtful and expert care is an important and fundamental aspect of health care. Nurse’s Day kicks off National Nurse’s Week (May 6-May 12), whose last day, May 12, is also Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

May 8 – Mother’s Day

Celebrated on various dates throughout the world, Mother’s Day has been a national observance here in the U.S. since 1914. It’s a special occasion to honor the mothers we know and love, whether with flowers and cards or a special dinner out at a favorite restaurant.

May 30 – Memorial Day

Celebrated every year on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday honoring members of the armed forces who lost their lives while serving the country. It also serves as an unofficial start to the summer vacation season, which comes to an end on Labor Day.

Awareness Weeks May 2016

May 1-7: National Pet Week. Started by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1981, National Pet Week celebrates the more than 200 million pets in America that make our lives so meaningful and bring us so much joy. It’s also intended to encourage pet owners or pet parents to care for their furry family members responsibly throughout the year.

May 22-28: National Running and Fitness Week. Celebrated each May, this awareness week is intended to encourage people to get out, get active, and get fit. It’s the perfect excuse to tie up your shoelaces and go out for an invigorating run.

May 23-27: Promotional Products Work! Week. Curious to know why promotional products are so effective? During Promotional Products Work! Week, we’ll be sharing information and resources on promotional products, trends in the industry, and how you can use products most effectively to promote your business.

Awareness Months May 2016

– National Bike Month

Established in 1956, National Bike Month is intended to generate awareness about the many benefits of biking—whether it’s to work, to school, or just out for a leisurely ride on a beautiful spring day.

– National Pet Month

If you have a pet in your family, chances are you cherish it all year long. But did you know there’s a whole month devoted to our furry companions? National Pet Month highlights the many benefits pets bring to people’s lives and vice versa. It’s a great opportunity to promote pet adoption as well as raise awareness about working companion animals’ contributions to society.

National Get Caught Reading Month

Not just for bookworms, National Get Caught Reading Month is an occasion to promote the joy of reading among people of all ages. Celebrate with a trip to the library or your local bookstore and nourish your mind with a fascinating mystery novel, biography, or work of literary fiction.

Wondering if there are promotional products that might be a good fit for the season or a particular project or campaign you might have on your radar? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for advice. If you have an idea in mind that might benefit from some creative brainstorming, we’d be happy to share some recommendations. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook or call us at 877-881-6845 and we’ll be glad to advise you on custom branded promotional products that can represent your brand with style and grace.

May is National Bike Safety Month

Ever wanted to share your passion for biking with your customers and staff? Or promote your organization or products at the same time as you encourage healthy, eco-friendly habits? May is National Bike Month and the perfect opportunity to encourage your staff and customers to start pedaling! And better yet, start pedaling safely and comfortably with our wide-selection custom branded bike products.

And for a view into the future (maybe) check out this lightweight flexible bike lock by TiGR. It’s not on the market yet so we haven’t tried it, but in form and function the “Titanium Lock as Cool as your Bike” looks very promising. Even if your bike isn’t that cool.

And for a charming view into the past check Cyclist’s Special produced by the British Rail film board in 1955.

Inspired? Want to participate in a Bike Month special event in your zip code? Find Bike Month Events from the League of American Bicyclists.