The weather is beginning to change, and it’s time to come out of hibernation here in Seattle. Fortunately, May is National Bike Month, and Group Health has a fun and free way for you to get outside, get in shape, go green, and maybe join in a friendly competition.
It’s simple. Go to http://www.commutechallenge.cascade.org and register. You can roll with a team, go solo, or form a team with your friends or co-workers. Commit to ride a minimum of four days this month, and track your trips online. If bicycle commuting is new to you, this is a great program to get you started. The workplace teams are a source of information and inspiration to keep you riding all month-long. For seasoned commuters, it’s about the challenge. Challenge yourself to recruit new riders, challenge your co-workers to ride more, and challenge other local businesses to go green and commute on bikes to work.
If you live in Snohomish County, they have their own Commuter Challenge – http://www.communitytransit.org/Programs/BikeToWork.cfm#Challenge starting on May 16. You can go to the preparedness class on Thursday, May 12 to learn Bike Commuting 101. It’s at the Snohomish County PUD, 2320 California Street in Everett.
Tacoma and Pierce County have teamed up with REI for their commuter challenge – Pierce Trips. Along with the commuting events, there are movie nights, a spandex-laden bicycle fashion show, and lots more. Check it out at their website http://www.piercetrips.com.
Bicycle Sundays is also coming back this year, thanks to the Seattle Parks and Rec and Cascade Bicycle Club. You can ride your bike or walk along Lake Washington Boulevard from south of Mt. Baker Beach to Seward Park. It’s a great day for families to ride along the waterfront. The boulevard is closed to through traffic between 10am and 6pm. Dates for the rides are:
May 8, 15
June 5, 26
July 3, 10, 17
August 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18