Effective Date: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
WHEREAS, the bicycle is an affordable and viable form of transportation, as well as an excellent form of recreation and physical activity; and
WHEREAS, the United States Census Bureauís American Community Survey shows that Alaska ranks sixth in the nation in the proportion of adults who bike to work; and
WHEREAS, Alaskans in record numbers are turning to bicycling for transportation, recreation, and exercise. As bicyclists take to the roads, it is important to acknowledge and practice road safety, and both bicyclists and motorists should always be careful and conscientious of their surroundings; and
WHEREAS, many Alaskans will experience the joys of bicycling this summer through educational programs, commuting events, trail workdays, recreational bicycle rides, and other bicycling events; and
WHEREAS, during the month of May, bicycle clubs, schools, parks and recreation departments, police departments, hospitals, businesses, and civic groups throughout Alaska will promote bicycling as a wholesome transportation activity, as well as an environmentally friendly supplement to automobile travel.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim May 2012 as:
May 14-18, 2012 as:
May 9, 2012 as:
Bike to School Day
May 18, 2012 as:
Bike to Work Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to participate in Bike Month activities and to practice bicycle safety throughout the year.
Dated: April 26, 2012