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It’s time to tune up your bikes and join your neighbors and coworkers in bicycling for work, school, errands, or recreation this May during the Sacramento region’s annual May is Bike Month campaign.

In addition to the health benefits of bicycling, you can also pedal to beat rising gas prices, help reduce air pollution, and enjoy the beautiful May weather.

Bike Month is for anyone who uses a bike. The first step to participating is to pledge miles at You can also challenge your friends to a mileage contest on Facebook or by email. If you’re up for more than just meeting your personal cycling goals, discover the online challenges where employers, schools, teams/clubs, and even cities can challenge one another to log the most miles. “Like” May is Bike Month on Facebook to find out about events, post photos, and receive bike-related updates.

This is the tenth year that volunteers, public agencies, businesses, and bicycling enthusiasts throughout the region will partner to promote bicycling. The region-which includes El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties-is home to many bicycle-friendly communities and regional trails.

No matter how frequently you ride, logging miles will help the region reach a goal of more than two million miles for 2014. Last year, over 1,100 Placer County residents registered for May is Bike Month and rode their bikes more than 232,000 miles collectively. Those from Auburn accounted for more miles ridden per capita than any city in the region.