May is National Bike Month in the United States, but you don’t have to live here to make the decision to take the world on two wheels.

The Matador team is fired up by biking.

Not only is traveling on two wheels better for the environment than almost any other form of transportation, it’s an activity that creates almost instant communities, as the bike documentary, “VEER,” makes evident:

Matador has dozens of cycling articles in its archives. There’s advice about how to choose a bike and gear up for the road, as well as expert insight about which cities are friendliest to cyclers.

Here are some other favorites:

6 Reasons to Go By Bike

8 Steps for Successful Self-Supported Bicycle Tours

Cycling guides for destinations as distant as Montana and Vietnam’s Highway 1.

If you’re in the US, check out local meet-ups and other Bike Month events in these cities:

New York City


Washington, D.C.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

San Francisco and Bay Area

Portland, OR