I was pretty pleased to hear the Nebraska governor’s support of bicycling in his 2016 proclamation of Bike Month in Nebraska.
Here’s the proclamation he signed:
And a transcription of that proclamation:
WHEREAS, Residents of all ages throughout Nebraska engage in bicycling for transportation, recreation, physical activity, environmental preservation, competition and fun; and
WHEREAS, The State of Nebraska recognizes the bicycle as a legitimate roadway vehicle and therefore is entitled to legal and responsible use of all public roadway facilities in Nebraska except where prohibited by law; and
WHEREAS, Bicycling offers an unique perspective from which Nebraska residents and visitors from across the nation may discover Nebraska’s natural beauty, history and culture; and
WHEREAS, LB 716, a bill that clarifies the law with regards to the right of way for bicyclists, has been passed by the Nebraska Legislature; and
WHEREAS, Nebraskans participating in the National Bike Challenge in 2015 pedaled over 1.7 million miles, placing 2nd, and intends to participate again in 2016.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the month of May 2016, as
in Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to recognize the benefits of riding a bike for the health, fitness, well-being and improved quality of life, and to participate in the National Bike Challenge as a way to work together to raise awareness of the joys and benefits of bicycling.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and cause the Great Seal of the State of Nebraska to be affixed this Second day of May, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand Sixteen.
Note the challenge in there: Nebraska placed SECOND in the 2015 National Bike Challenge. We have a rivalry with Wisconsin – they keep trying to knock us further down in the rankings.
Hey, Nebraskans – are YOU participating in the National Bike Challenge? No??
Well, you can sign up here.
The National Bike Challenge is easy – all you have to do is ride your bike, then log the miles. (If you use the Strava app and link it to your NBC account, your rides will upload automatically.) You get points for the number of days you ride between May 1 and September 30, as well as for the number of miles. This means that, even if you “only” ride your bike a mile to the library or grocery store, it helps Team Nebraska!
I’m going to try to get in a ride every single day in May. (I have to figure out how I’m going to do that on days I’m traveling/working.)
To date, I’m in 3,290th place, nationwide.
If you’ve been meaning to get out there on two wheels (and I’ve heard several of my friends mention this!), this is a great opportunity to get some exercise to both improve your health and help Nebraska come out ahead in a national competition.
Go, TEAM NE!
Copyright 2016 by Katie Bradshaw