According to the League of American Bicyclists, it's Bike Month, but according to AAA it's Bicycle Safety Month, which does kind of change the focus. Several news organizations, including our own Washington Post, took the bait and ran a AAA story. In the Post's case, it didn't even talk to any cycling organizations.
Anyway, AAA's message isn't bad
“National Bike Safety Month is a reminder to share the road with cyclists, who are often our neighbors and also other drivers,” said John B. Townsend II of AAA Mid Atlantic. “Taking the time to slow down for a cyclist helps ensure that everyone makes it home safely.”
Even if Halsey's lead in about 4,734 dead is. What statistic is he referring to? [Last year, nationwide, there were 726 reported cyclist fatalities].
The whole article is kind of weird and feels like it is just there to remind everyone that cycling is very very dangerous.
The AlexTimes has an article on it too, and if feels like it's closer to the press release. In addition to the morbid list of area fatalities, it includes this line
Numerous studies show that bicycling is no longer just for recreation, exercise and fun, but an alternative, cheaper and greener way to commute to the workplace.
That must have been some easy research. "Studies show that knives are no longer just for stabbing people, but are also useful for things like eating, fishing or cutting rope."
I eagerly await May 17th when WABA will kick off "National Boat Safety Week".