Riding your bike to work is a great way to stay fit while you go green as long as your workplace is close to home and easy to get to via less traveled side roads. I wouldn't try it if your main route to work is I-71 or U.S. 23. I just received a bike for my birthday and while riding to work (I have to travel down U.S. 23) is not feasible I have been using it to go to the grocery store and other errands around town.

As an added bonus, bicycle commuters are eligible to receive a monthly $20 reimbursement from their employers under the new economic stimulus. Companies can deduct the expense from their federal taxes. The Bicycle Commuter Tax Provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 went into effect on January 1, 2009. Ask your HR office about participating.

Exactly how employers will structure the incentive program can vary, so to help cyclists take advantage of the new legislation, the League of American Bicyclists will provide updates and tips in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section of its Web site. Even though there's no "billion" following the $20 reimbursement, proponents of the program hope the measure will raise awareness of the benefits of bicycling.

Did you know that May is National Bike Month? Bike-to-Work Week isMay 11-15 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 15.

Happy cycling!