This year, National Bike to Work Day will be held on Friday, May 20. You’ll find Celebration Stations set up all over the Puget Sound region, where bicycle commuters can stop by for healthy snacks, bike safety checks and some cyclist camaraderie. Community Transit has participated in Bike to Work Day events in Snohomish County since 2001, partnering with Everett Transit as part of both agencies’ commitment to helping businesses reduce employee drive-alone trips. The 2011 Bike to Work Day will see nine Celebration Stations around the county – find the one nearest your home or your workplace.
Community Transit also hosts the annual Bike Commute Challenge, presented this year by B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County.
Teams of co-workers, neighbors and friends compete with each other for bragging rights and some stellar prizes. Last year saw 148 teams participate in the Bike Commute Challenge, logging over 85,000 miles and removing 10,453 single-occupancy vehicle trips from Snohomish County’s roadways. These cycle-powered trips eliminated 69,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, too – we can all breathe easier about that.
If you’re a past participant, welcome back! If you’re new, there are lots of resources to get you ready for your trips, whether you’re trying Bike to Work Day for the first time or going all-out in the Bike Commute Challenge. Several local groups even offer biking classes that’ll help get you road-ready (for Bike to Work events and classes in King County, visit Cascade Bicycle Club).
2011 Snohomish County Bike to Work Events
April 28 - Bike to Work Kick-Off Event
3 – 6 p.m. at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave., Everett.
Learn about the Bike Commute Challenge and how you can form a team. Stop by for a snack, check out the commuter bike display, practice with a bus bike rack and pick up Bike to Work brochures and posters to educate and encourage your co-workers, neighbors and friends.
April 30 - Alderwood REI CycleFest
Get some advice on how to get started as a new bicycle commuter at this friendly class hosted by B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County. Learn about clothing, routes, bikes and gear, traffic laws and techniques, plus you can practice putting your bike on a bus bike rack and learn how to fix a flat.
May 20 - Bike to Work Day
Find the Snohomish County Bike to Work Day Celebration Station location closest to you. Stop by and celebrate!
June 11 - Brunswick Majestic Lanes Bike & Bowl
2:30 – 5 p.m. at 1222 164th St., Lynnwood
Bike to Brunswick Majestic Lanes and get two games and shoe rental for $10 per person. Space is limited and is first-come, first-served. Brought to you by Curb the Congestion, a Community Transit program.
May 16 – June 17 - Snohomish County Bike Commute Challenge, Presented by B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County
Teams of 4 to 10 members compete for prizes and bragging rights. Register online by June 3 and log those trips!