What started as Bike to Work Day has grown over the years until it is now a month of events aimed at helping people get back in the saddle, whether they fell out of the habit during the winter or haven’t been on a bike since they were young.
Bike to Work Day is May 17 this year, and is on track to be the biggest ever. You can still start or join a Commute Challenge team (or, if you are a journalist without a team, email me to join The News Cycles).
For a full list of official Bike Month events, check out Cascade’s calendar. Here’s a preview of some of those events, from Cascade:
Thursday, May 2
Bike to Work Breakfast
7 – 9 a.m.
Sheraton Seattle Grand Ballroom
Elected officials, business leaders, and community members like you gather for an inspiring breakfast featuring keynote speaker Governor Jay Inslee. All proceeds benefit the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation.
Wednesday, May 8
Ride with your child to school! Encourage your school to get involved today. www.cascade.org/bike-to-school.
5 to 8 p.m.
Pike Brewery, 1415 1st Avenue, Seattle
Commute Challenge team captains are invited (+ one guest) to this legendary happy hour party at Seattle’s iconic Pike Brewery. The first two beers and hors d’oeuvres are on us. Awesome door prizes compliments of our generous Bike Month sponsors.
Friday, May 10
Ride on, eastside! Choose Your Way Bellevue prize patrol will be giving away great prizes all day to people on their bikes in Downtown Bellevue
Bikes and Bagels
7 to 9 a.m.
McGraw Square (5th Ave & Stewart St, Seattle)
Bike commuters are invited to stop by a celebration station hosted by Commute Seattle at McGraw Square (5th and Stewart streets) from 7am-9am to receive complementary coffee, bagels and fun prizes on your way to work.
Friday May 17
F5 Bike to Work Day Commute Stations
6 to 9 a.m.
All around the Puget Sound region
If you only commute by bike on one day per year, make it F5 Bike to Work Day. Stop by one of dozens of Commute Stations throughout the Puget Sound region to pick up free swag, treats and local bike maps. Have your bike checked for free by our fantastic bike shop partners, and enter the F5 Bike to work Day drawing for your chance to win great prizes. Find a station on your commute route on our online map.
F5 Bike to Work Day Mayor’s Ride
KEXP Radio Station. 113 Dexter Ave N
Once again this year riders will meet at KEXP Radio Station to ride downtown together in an awe-inspiring mass of cyclists. While you’re at KEXP, you be able to enjoy music and complimentary coffee, Seattle Bagel Bakery mini-bagels, and bike checks from Performance Bicycle. After a live on-air interview from the Mayor, we will be joined by several prominent local government officials and depart by bike to City Hall at 7:45 a.m. for the big rally!
F5 Bike to Work Day Seattle Rally
8 to 8:30 a.m.
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle
Join Cascade Bicycle Club, your elected officials and other fun guest speakers for an inspiring program to recognize Puget Sound’s F5 Bike to Work Day.
Everett Celebration Ride
7:30 to 8 a.m.
Depart from Wall and Oakes Ave for a fun-filled ride to Everett Station. All participants receive a commemorative gift and are eligible to win prizes.
Thursday, May 23
UW Trail Party
4 to 7 p.m.
On the Burke-Gilman Trail at the UW campus
This annual event will be held in a bike commuter-friendly University of Washington park, adjacent to the Burke-Gilman Trail between Brooklyn Ave & University Way. We’ll feature music, free drawings every hour for great prizes, bike tune ups, and other fun giveaways.
Friday, May 31
Commute Challenge presented by Adobe ends
Ballard Bike Street Party
3:30 to 7 p.m.
Bergen Place Park, Ballard
Don’t miss this massive bike block party in one of Seattle’s coolest neighborhoods to wrap up Bike Month. Bring your enthusiasm, grab a friend and take to the streets for an evening of bicycle-themed fun for everyone.
In partnership with KEXP we’ll have a live family-friendly music stage featuring local bands, and at 6:30pm you’ll have the opportunity to get up on stage and show off your riding outfit in our “Share Your Style” Fashion Show sponsored by Hub & Bespoke. Great prizes for all who participate! We will also be announcing several special Bike Month awards, including Team Captain of the year and the Top School from Bike To School Day