With gas prices on the rise, and the weather warming up, there’s no better time to start biking to work. Studies have found that cycling even just a few days a week to work can have a significant impact on one’s overall cardiovascular health. Cycling is not only good for your health, but it’s good for the environment too. To help promote bicycle commuting in the Houston area, bike sharing company Houston BCycle is hosting free rides for Bike to Work Day on May 18. How can you get involved?

The easiest way to participate in Bike to Work Day in Houston is to go to any one of the 60 Houston-area bike share stations. On Friday, May 18, anyone can swipe a credit card to create a free guest account at any of the Houston BCycle kiosks and check out a bike for free using the promotion code 51818. Rides under 30 minutes will remain free, while rides longer than 30 minutes will incur a $3.00 service charge for each extra 30 minutes.

Henry Morris, Marketing & Communications Manager at Houston BCycle, says that the Bike to Work Day promotion is all about spreading the word about the numerous benefits of commuting by bike:

We’re thrilled to offer everyone a chance to use bike sharing on Bike to Work Day. Since launching our partnership with CHI St. Luke’s Health, our riders have been collectively burning millions of calories each month on our bikes. We hope that a day of free rides will introduce even more people to biking as a healthy, fun, and sustainable transit option.

New members who sign up for a Houston BCycle account during the month of May will have their access extended through June at no additional cost. Memberships provide unlimited 60-minutes-or-less rides from any station. Monthly memberships are available for $9.00 through the BCycle mobile app or on Houston BCycle’s website. Additionally, annual Houston BCycle memberships can be purchased for $99.

Don’t miss this promotion and an easy way to get out and enjoy the Texas sunshine while biking to work. Your gas bill will go down, as will your waistline. What are you waiting for?