May is National Bike Month. You know the drill.
The highlight of Bike Month is “Bike to Work Day,” celebrated in most locales on May 15. (Some places choose another day; SF Bay Area is May 14)
There’s also Bike to School Day (May 6),
Cyclofemme (May 10),
Bike to Work Week (May 11-15),
Ride of Silence, (May 20),
And the month-long National Bike Challenge.
Follow the links to learn more about these events.
Essentially, the idea is to encourage people to get on their bicycles to commute and run errands during the month. If it is a pleasurable experience, maybe they’ll make a habit of riding bicycles.
“Whether it be for fitness, the environment, finances, or community resolve, we’ve seen the bicycle unite people and help them accomplish their many varied goals.” Andy Clarke, president of League of American Bicyclists.
Here in Washington state, many state and local organizations are leading the effort to encourage people to ride this month.
Seattle’s Cascade Bicycle Club presents the Bike Month Challenge, which requires individuals to join a team, commute at least four times during the month, and record your stats. Participants are eligible for prizes and can attend the Group Health Bike Everywhere Breakfast on May 7.
Bike to Work Day is celebrated on May 15 in Seattle, and Cascade is organizing a list of bike commute stations throughout the Puget Sound region where riders can stop for refreshments and swag that day. Find a map of aid stations here.
Washington Bikes, the statewide bicycle advocacy group, has a list of bike challenges held in communities across the state this month. There are challenges in Bellingham/Whatcom County, Cowlitz County, King County, Snohomish County, Tacoma/Pierce County, and Thurston County, as well as the cities of Pullman, Spokane, Yakima, Wenatchee and the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco).