May is National Bike Month. Across the U.S. more than 43 million people enjoy riding their bikes. However, most of us still drive to work, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Maybe the gas prices will change that this summer, eh?
Believe it or not, your University Library has materials on many different aspects of bicycling, which you can find using the online catalog. For example, check out The economic impact of bicycling in Wisconsin online or in print (2nd-floor Wisconsin Documents GO BIC.6/2:E 36/2006), Bicycle repair by the editors of Bicycling magazine (3rd-floor Main Collection TL430 .B53 1985) or Fitness through cycling (3rd-floor Main Collection GV1043.7 .F57 1985). There is even the book The bear’s bicycle (2nd-floor Curriculum Collection, Easy Books E Mac) to read to your young children. For somewhat older children there is an online bicycle safety “comic” book from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Sprocket Man. There’s also Bicycling Magazine, available online through the MasterFile Premier database.
The University Library is a federal depository with many federal, state, local, and international documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in print, microfiche, CD-ROM, and electronically. Come check out your government at the University Library!