From April through June, bicycle advocates nationwide are encouraging cyclists to use their bikes more to commute to work and to play.
They’re encouraging more people to ride bikes and to stop using cars altogether, with some cities even installing bike racks.
The effort, Bicycle Day, is supported by the National Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit group that advocates for cycling and transportation infrastructure.
Bike Day organizers say it’s a “positive change” and an effort to help people get out and about and ride more bikes.
But the movement also comes with some critics, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is calling it “anti-consumer.”
The National Bicycle Alliance says there’s no evidence that bicycle-sharing programs like Biking for the Future have been proven to reduce vehicle crashes or pollution.
Bike day, like other bike advocacy events, are not new.
More than 200 bike events have been held in the U to date, including Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day, and Bike to Play Day.
But Bikes to Work Days, Bike for School Days and Bike for Play Days are held annually and usually run through the summer.
The Bicycle Day events typically focus on the impact of biking on people’s lives and communities.
The bike advocacy groups that organize Bike Day events say the program is not necessarily about reducing the number of cars on the road, but rather encouraging people to use bikes more.
“There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that Bicycling for the Day will reduce the number or the severity of crashes or fatalities associated with automobile-related crashes,” said Jeff Fuhrmann, a spokesperson for the Bicycle Alliance.
“If anything, it will increase them, and if you want to get people out and bike more, you’ve got to make it safer.”
Bicycle advocates also say the number and severity of road-related injuries and deaths are rising.
A recent analysis by the Federal Highway Administration, which monitors traffic injuries and fatalities, found that the number in the United States is on the rise, especially for people aged 55 and older.
The study found that people aged 20 to 24 are more likely to be killed on the roads than people aged 65 and older, and people between the ages of 50 and 64 are more than twice as likely to die in car crashes.
In the past, cycling advocates have been quick to point out the link between the number one cause of death in the country — motor vehicle crashes — and the number that’s most frequently used to measure road safety.
The CDC estimates that there were 7.3 million motor vehicle deaths in 2016, a drop of 1.6 percent from 2015.
Some cities are planning to launch new bike lanes in the coming years, as cities with high bike populations such as Los Angeles and San Francisco plan to install them.