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May is Bicycle Month in Seattle

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Seattle is one of the largest bicycle friendly cities in the US. May is National Bike Month, and thanks to the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation and local businesses we can enjoy a month of cycling, reduce our carbon footprint, and pedal our way to better health! Here are some of the month’s events!

2012 Group Health Commute Challenge
May 1 – 31, 2012
http://www.commutechallenge.cascade.org

You are invited to participate in the 2012 Group Health Commute Challenge! Join a team, commute at least four days throughout the month, and track your trips online. It’s simple and fun! If bicycle commuting is new to you, this is a great program to get you started. The workplace teams are a great source of information and inspiration to keep you riding throughout the month. For seasoned commuters, it’s about the challenge. Challenge yourself to recruit new riders, challenge your workmates to ride more, and challenge other local businesses to be a part of the solution. To register, go online HERE.

Bike to School Month
May, 2012
http://www.cbcef.org/bts/

Biking to school creates daily exercise habits, reduces car traffic and air pollution, and helps teach safe cycling habits. You, your child, and your school can join us for our month or day challenge! By participating, you can make a difference for the environment and for your health. In 2011, 3,300 elementary school students (and their awesome parents) from 34 different schools around the Seattle area participated in Cascade’s Bike to School Month. In middle schools and high schools, 373 students biked 1979.2 miles! Click HERE to get information on Bike to School Month for your child’s elementary or middle school.

Eighth Annual Bike to Work Breakfast
Friday, May 4
7:00am – 9:00am
Seattle Sheraton Hotel
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.shop.cascade.org

Voted one of “The Top 25 Change Makers in American Bicycling History” by the League of American Bicyclists, Congressman Earl Blumenauer will be the keynote speaker, sharing his vision for bicycling in the US, and how we can make a difference in Seattle. The breakfast benefits the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. $75 suggested minimum donation. Click HERE to register.

F5 Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 18
6:00am – 9:00am
http://www.cbcef.org/btw

Sponsored by F5, Bike to Work Day is a great day to ride for the first time, because no matter where you’re riding from, there will be folks out there with you. Organized Commuter Stations and experienced riders along major routes will ensure that encouragement, support, and fun are never in short supply.

F5 Bike to Work Day Rally with Mayor Mike McGinn
Friday, May 18
7:30am – 8:30am
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
http://www.cbcef.org/btw

Join in the Rally to thank our bike-friendly leaders, celebrate Seattle’s success, and rally for an ever-better bike-friendly future.
Seattle Mayor McGinn and other special guests will speak on the steps of City Hall. Come for the free schwag, coffee, Seattle bike maps, and information about local bicycle advocacy efforts.

F5 Bike to Work Day Street Party
Friday, May 18
4:00pm – 7:00p,
Ballard’s Bergen Place Park
22nd St. NW between Market St. and Ballard Ave.
http://www.cbcef.org/btw

The annual Ballard Street Party carries the momentum of F5 Bike to Work Day into the evening. Cascade Bicycle Club transforms the heart of Ballard into a bike block party! Drawings for free bikes, art, free bike tune-ups, bites, vendors, giveaways and more. Plus, between 5:00pm – 8:00pm you can head to Balmar Lounge for beer specials and live music.

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