Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as Bike Month in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim May 2013, as Bike Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months that are set aside to increase awareness of issues that affect
the lives of citizens of New York State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as Bike Month in
the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, In conjunction with Bike Month are events to promote bicycl-
ing, including May 8, 2013, is being designated as Bike to School Day,
and May 17, 2013, is being designated as Bike to Work Day; and
WHEREAS, The mission of Bike Month is to support a safe and healthy
transportation alternative that is paramount to achieving sustainability
and enhancing the quality of life in New York State; and
WHEREAS, For more than a century, the bicycle has been an important
part of the lives of most Americans; today, millions of Americans engage
in bicycling as an environmentally sound form of transportation, an
excellent form of fitness, and quality family recreation; and
WHEREAS, Biking is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you
need, without having to find extra time to work out; and
WHEREAS, Biking is green; it reduces your carbon footprint, reduces
traffic congestion and can save you money; when bicycling is substituted
for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted
into the atmosphere, and 10 bikes can park in the space used by a single
motor vehicle; and
WHEREAS, Biking is healthy; active employees are more alert, take
fewer sick days, and are more productive; and
WHEREAS, Bicycle commuters get to work on time more often and are
happier and more productive; 80% of people who switch from sedentary
commuting to cycling improve their heart, lungs and blood vessels great-
ly in 6-8 weeks; and
WHEREAS, Furthermore, over 66% of the adult United States population
is overweight and 32% of our nation is obese, costing America $68
billion in health care and personal costs annually; and
WHEREAS, Medical research has proven that a minimum of 30 minutes of
moderate physical activity three days a week can reduce incidents of
heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension and improve mental
health and cardio-vascular fitness; and
WHEREAS, Biking is fun and biking to work builds morale, encourages
camaraderie, and is a great way to get active in your community; and
WHEREAS, It is essential that there be greater public awareness of the
benefits to bicycling, and all New Yorkers are urged to bike to work, or
try cycling for fun, for fitness, even for transportation; now, there-
fore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as Bike Month
in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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