Sample proclamation: Bike to Work Week

This is a sample Bike to Work Week Proclamation 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, or Bike to Work 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.

Bike to Work Week Proclamation

Whereas,

            For more than a century the bicycle has been an utilitarian, economical, environmentally sound and effective means of personal transportation, recreation and fitness; and

            Whereas, the City of Kansas City, Missouri encourages the use of bicycles as a means of transportation; and

            Whereas, the City of Kansas City, Missouri recognizes the bicycle as a legitimate roadway vehicle and therefore is entitled to legal and responsible use of all public roadway facilities in Missouri except highways constructed to interstate standards; and

            Whereas, the City of Kansas City, Missouri encourages the increased use of the bicycle, benefiting all citizens of Kansas City by improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion and noise, decreasing the use of and dependence upon finite energy sources, and fostering exercise; and

            Whereas, the City of Kansas City, Missouri recognizing the use of bicycles as a viable mode of transportation, endeavors to promote safe and responsible bicycling and is committed to incorporating the development of bicycle facilities in the vision for revitalizing downtown Kansas City; and

            Whereas, the League of American Bicyclists has established May as National Bicycle Month, the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation has established May as Missouri Bicycle Month, and the Mayor establishes May as Bicycle Safety Month in Kansas City; and

            Whereas, the Mid-America Regional Council’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation and the Mayor encourage all citizens to ride their bicycles to work, to the store, to the park, around their neighborhoods and with friends and family to promote the personal and societal benefits achieved from bicycling.

            Now, therefore, I, Mark Funkhouser, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, do hereby proclaim May 17 to 21, 2010, as:

            “Bike Week” in the City of Kansas City, Missouri

            In the witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, this  13 th day of May, A.D. 2010.