Sample resolution or proclamation: Bike Month

This is a sample Bike to Work Week Proclamation or Resolution that you can adapt for your own city and present to your mayor or city council member to ask them to proclaim Bike to Work Week (or Bike Month, Bike to Work Day, or Bike to School Day) in your city.

Most proclamations of this sort are made when a citizen like you asks his or her elected official to sponsor the proclamation.

Bike to Work Day is always the third Friday in May and Bike to Work Week is the week of Bike to Work Day.  May is National Bicycle Month and Missouri Bicycle Month each year.  The second Wednesday in May in Bike to School Day.

Bike Month, Bike to Work Day, and Bike to Work Week are all officially designated in Missouri's state holidays calendar.

          Whereas, the bicycle is a viable and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent form of recreation; and

          Whereas, millions of Missourians will experience the joys of bicycling during the month of May through educational programs, races, commuting events, trail work days, helmet promotion, charity events, or just getting out and going for a ride; and

          Whereas, Missouri's Katy Trail attracts hundreds of thousands of bicyclists each year from all 50 states and from across the globe, providing economic, health, and scenic benefits to citizens of Missouri and the world; and

            Whereas, Missouri hosts four major cross-country bicycle tourism routes that attract thousands of cross-country and local bicyclists each year, including the Mississippi River/Great Rivers Trail, the American Discovery Trail, the Lewis and Clark Trail, and the TransAmerica Trail; and

             Whereas, these bicycling activities and attractions have great potential to have a positive impact on Missouri's economy and tourism industry and to stimulate economic development by making the state attractive to businesses and citizens who enjoy the out of doors and healthy lifestyles; and

             Whereas, creating bicycle-friendly communities has been shown to improve citizens' health, well-being, and quality of life, to boost community spirit, to improve traffic safety, and to reduce pollution and congestion; and

             Whereas, May has been declared National Bike Month for each of the last 56 years, and is so again in 2012; and

             Whereas, the League of American Bicyclists, the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation, bicycle clubs, schools, parks and recreation departments, police departments, hospitals, companies and civic groups throughout Missouri will be promoting bicycling as a leisure activity as well as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the automobile during the month of May 2012; and

             Whereas, the education of bicyclists and motorists as to the proper and safe operation of bicycles is important to ensure the safety and comfort of all users; and

             Whereas, the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian  Federation, the Kansas City Share the Road Safety Task Force, BikeWalkKC, St. Louis Trailnet, the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation, GetAbout Columbia, the Columbia PedNet Coalition, Velo Girardeau, SpringBike, Ozark Greenways, Parkland Cyclists, St. Joseph Bicycle Club, Quad States Trails of St. Joseph, and other organizations across the state will promote bicycle safety during the month of May 2012; and

             Whereas, the Missouri General Assembly has duly passed, and the Governor of Missouri has signed, legislation designating May of each year as Missouri Bike Month and the third week of May as Missouri Bike Week:

            Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the [THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY] hereby recognize the month of May 2012 as National Bike Month and Bicycle Safety Month, and the week of May 14-18, 2012, as Bike to Work Week; and

              Be it further resolved that the [THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY] urges all who support bicycling to participate in the events planned and urges all road users to share the road safely with bicyclists.

 

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