On National Bike to Work Day, May 20, 2016, thousands of U.S. commuters will leave their cars at home and try out another way to get to work.

Experts from local bicycling associations will lead convoys to downtown business areas, offer safety tips and man “pit stops” where bike lights will be distributed. The annual event has contributed to increased cyclist traffic in U.S. cities. Encouraging bike ridership is one way city governments are acting on climate — and helping us all breathe easier.

An infographic explaining the benefits of biking to work (State Dept./J. Maruszewski)
(State Dept./J. Maruszewski)