Bike to Work: Action Around the Region
This Friday is national Bike to Work Day, and cities and bike clubs around Puget Sound are taking part and supporting this healthy commute option.
Thurston County recently launched Thurston Here to There, a website that will help travelers of all types. Prominent on the page is a link to the county bike map, which shows their two great trails, the Chehalis-Western and the Yelm-Tenino, which together comprise more than 50 miles of road-free, paved cycling around Olympia.
The county also has a Bicycle Commuter Contest, and this Friday they’ll be hosting commuter stations for cyclists to pick up free goodies on their way to work. The contest is run by Intercity Transit which, according to a Thurston Talk article, recently was named a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.
Pierce County and Tacoma have a robust menu of events for bike month.
Every Tuesday evening there’s a beginner’s bike ride at Tacoma Bike, beginning repair classes at Defiance Bicycles, and free bike lights (while supplies last) at 2nd Cycle. The public library is hosting a talk about Tacoma’s bicycle history on May 14, there’s a bike-themed evening at the Tacoma Art Museum on May16, and two events (May 18 and 27) focus on biking and craft beer.
And, of course, the Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club has a number of rides scheduled for the month, from “cruise” to “workout.” And the Peninsula Metric Century and Gran Fondo is coming up just as bike month ends, on June 2.
Among the many commute-month events sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club and sponsors including F5 and Adobe will be a morning ride with Mayor Mike McGinn on Bike to Work Day, followed by a ceremony at City Hall. Dozens of Commute Stations will line the most popular bike commuting routes and hand out free coffee and goodies. An “after party” will cap the day at the Via6 apartments in downtown Seattle, with tours of the building’s new bike club and Velo Bike Shop, snacks and drinks from Tom Douglas restaurants and tunes spun by KEXP’s Greg Vandy.
City Hall will host the Redmond Bike Bash starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 17. There will be live music, chair massage, food samples and much more, just off the Sammamish River Trail.
A group ride celebrating Bike to Work Day is being hosted by Everett Transit on Friday, May 17, followed by a celebration at Everett Station. Riders will receive a refreshments, safety checks and giveaways, and be entered in a raffle to win special prizes.
“Most Miles in May” is the theme of the cycling contest being sponsored by the Whidbey Island Bicycle Club.
Events and free stuff for cyclists is happening in downtown Mt. Vernon all week in celebration of Bike to Work week and the Skagit Bike Commuter Challenge. It’s capped off on Friday morning with free bananas and juice at the Skagit Food Co-op.
“Join 10,000 people in Whatcom County all in a remarkably good mood” on Bike to Work and School Day, May 17, says Bellingham’s bike month event sponsor. More than 30 schools are participating. On Friday, Celebration Stations will be set up across the county.
See more events at locations around the state at the website of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.