It’s May, which means it’s time to give in to your co-worker’s constant reminders and say, “OK, fine! I’ll sign up for your Bike Month team if you just let me sit here and enjoy this cup of coffee for five freaking minutes!”
The annual online challenge is a good way to stay motivated for the whole month, biking as often as possible and logging the trips for your team. Once you build your biking habit over a month, it’s much easier to just keep it going the the rest of the year. You may also be very surprised how far you’ve biked just by running errands or going to work for a month.
Bike To School Day is May 10, and Bike Everywhere Day (AKA Bike to Work Day) is May 19.
Friday (May 5) is the Bikery Bash, a party at Love City Love on Capitol Hill to benefit the Bikery.
Bike to either Lake Union Park or Occidental Park May between 7 and 9 a.m. May 12 for a free bagel, cup of coffee and other bike swag as part of Commute Seattle’s annual Bikes and Bagels event. People who walk or take transit to work are also invited. But if you drove to work, buy your own bagel.
And get ready to close the month out with Cascade’s second Emerald Bike Ride a rare chance to ride on the I-5 express lanes, the 520 Bridge and the I-90 express lanes May 28.
You can check out more events on Seattle Bike Blog’s events calendar. And if you know of anything that’s missing, be sure to add it!
More Bike Month details from Cascade:
Roll with us! May 1 marks the start of Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual Bike Everywhere Month, a month-long celebration of pedal-powered movement. From May 1-31, communities across our great state will host events, classes, rides and more to inspire more people to get up and out on bikes.
Visit cascade.org/BikeEverywhere for more info.
Across the state of Washington, people can also find a May bike challenge to log bike trips and compete for prizes and bragging rights.
For a listing of bike month challenges across the state, visit cascade.org/bike-challenges.
Highlights of Bike Everywhere Month include:
May Bike Challenges, May 1-31: These fun, friendly trip tracking competitions encourage riders to get out and ride to work, school and everywhere else. Join a team or just challenge yourself! Track bicycle trips of all kinds using an online tracking system. Compete for prizes and encourage friends, family and coworkers to get out and ride. No matter where you live in Washington state, you can find a spring bike challenge to log your bike trips and compete for prizes and bragging rights. Find a Challenge in your area at cascade.org/bike-challenges and join the fun! If there’s no local challenge in your area, sign up for the statewide Washington Bikes Bike Everywhere Challenge at WAbikes.org.
National Bike to School Day, May 10: May is also a celebratory month for encouraging kids all over the nation to ride their bikes to school. Cascade hosts friendly statewide Bike to School competitions for students who can track their bike riding during May and earn prizes along the way. On May 10, hundreds of parents and students are expected to ride to school throughout the region. Visit cascade.orgfor more info.
F5 Bike Everywhere Day, May 19: Thousands of Washingtonians take to the streets in an all-day celebration of all things bicycling. Cascade helps coordinate over 100 celebration stations where riders can stop by and join the fun. Find a celebration station to visit at cascade.org/bikeeverywhereday
In addition, Cascade offers dozens of free classes, workshops and social events throughout the month for riders of every skill level.
To see the complete calendar listing of events and to learn more details about Bike Everywhere Month, visit cascade.org/BikeEverywhere.