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Improve your health, help the environment and cut the costs of driving by hopping on a bicycle to celebrate Bike Month with the Orange County Transportation Authority.

National Bike Month takes place in May each year and serves as an opportunity to showcase the benefits of bicycling and to encourage more people to ride their bikes to school, work or around town. For longer commutes around Orange County, cyclists can pair biking with a carpool, OC Bus or Metrolink ride.

The public is invited to join OCTA for a 3-mile recreational group ride at its seventh annual Bike Rally from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 16. The event starts at the Orange Metrolink Station, 194 N. Atchison St., and ends at OCTA Headquarters, 550 S. Main St. in Orange. Snacks, a raffle and guest speakers will greet riders on arrival at the OCTA building.

Cyclists are also encouraged to pledge to ride their bike anytime during May on octa.net/BikeMonth to receive a coupon to Jax Bicycle Center and be entered to win a Trek FX 2 bike or a Fitbit Charge 2. Participants may also join OCTA’s Strava Club to track how many miles they’ve ridden during the month.

For more information on Bike Month and for bike safety tips, visit octa.net/BikeMonth.

This article was released by the Orange County Transportation Authority.