May 012023

Reminder of May Bike Events

Bike Everywhere Challenge: Near and dear to my heart, considering I worked on Bike to Work Week celebrations as some of my first bike advocacy in Spokane and this put me on the path to a change of city and more than one career change.

May is recognized as National Bike Month with a nationwide challenge promoted by the League of American Bicyclists that continues for several months. In Washington we call it #BikeEverywhere Month and Washington Bikes runs a statewide challenge. I sign up faithfully every year and ride. How could I do otherwise? (Whether or not I actually log my miles is a separate question; to track or not to track, that is the question.)

May 3, 2023: Bike and Roll to School Day. Good for teachers, principals, aides, volunteers, coaches, parents as well as kids! Register your school, maybe help lead a bike train so more kids can roll.

May 14, 2023: Cyclofemme (site down for maintenance as I write this but don’t let that stop you). Global event meant to inspire women to invite other women to ride with them on the weekend that includes Mother’s Day in the US. If your area doesn’t have an organized ride, you’re reading this so maybe you become the organizer. (Which checks a box on the #BikeIt list.)

I love the Cyclofemme statement of inspiration—WE BELIEVE: That strong communities are built around strong women. That being on a bike brings us closer to our community, to nature, and to ourself. That from action comes change. That our hope, courage, and strength is amplified when we unite.

May 15-21: National Bike Week. Some places set their own dates for this. As I repeat quite often, join your local/regional/state/national bike organization. That way you’ll get news about this and so much more. While you’re at it, check on whether your town has a Bicycle Advisory Board or something like it, possibly including pedestrian issues in a combined active transportation effort. If yes, they would be utterly thrilled if people attended to learn about what they’re discussing. If no, you could ask a city council member or county commissioner about creating one.

May 17: Ride of Silence: Held during National Bike Month to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.

May 19: National Bike to Work Day. Always the third Friday in May.

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