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May flew by and with it went Bike Month and Bike to Work Week. Many of our members celebrated this moment to promote the benefits and opportunities of biking in unique ways. From organized riding events to bike repair workshops we saw it all!
For many, this year marked the return of Bike Week activities since the pandemic. This May offered beautiful weather and a perfect chance to spread the word about biking as a solid form of transportation. Biking proved itself as an essential mode in many cities during the pandemic and it’s wonderful to highlight our members’ efforts to expand the use of biking as a viable transportation option.
North Natomas Jibe conducted a regional trip logging event all month that has logged 409,309 miles thus far and 29,694 trips. Jibe launched Bike Doc, a free bike repair service that will be a permanent year-round benefit. Jibe also hosted Bike and Seek, a fun competition with the goal of getting participants to explore North Natomas by bike. They could bike to destinations check in and answer trivia questions and collect badges.
They also held a Kids Bike Party where more than 150 children and their families joined Jibe on their May is Bike Month kickoff event featuring a 4-mile bike ride, balance bike instruction for pre-k riders, games, pizza, and DJ dance party. More than 2,500 students participated in their Schools Bike Challenge. On top of all this Jibe held a very successful Bike Swap where they collected bikes for donation and consignment, selling more than 150, donating them, and more than $6,000 to their local high school’s bike education and homeless and foster youth support programs.
Alamo Area MPO put on a Street Skills class to help people learn best practices for road biking along with the laws and rules of the road. They also had a Bike Passport event all month long which allowed participants to receive discounts on goods and receive stamps in their passport to win prizes if they rode their bike to participating locations. All of this along with their “National Bike Month Challenge” where participants recorded their rides to win prizes and Bike to Work Day where Alamo Area MPO supplied breakfast and giveaways meant that Alamo Area MPO was hard at work all month.
Pierce County’s Bike Everywhere Challenge, was a month long program encouraging participants to simply bike to where they were going. Participants created biking teams and if they logged at least 10 trips they would be entered for a chance to win great prizes.
People for Bikes, ran a free national challenge on their Ride Spot app. From May 16th to May 22nd people around the country were able to participate in a Bike to Work Challenge where they were tasked with completing 10 rides. Upon completion of the challenge everyone was given a Bike to Work Week patch that they could attach to their favorite piece of gear.
InMotion in Eugene, Oregon held a bike giveaway for children, in addition to bike riding lessons for participants to learn how to ride safely, e-bike virtual and in-person events, a women’s mountain biking clinic, infrastructure ride, a “Bricks, Bikes and Brews” event and a social ride that stopped at breweries and raised money for charity.
All in all, our membership found inventive and effective ways to get people moving on bikes and cut down car trips. This is just one more example of how our member organizations are leading positive change in their communities through TDM.