Anne-Marije Rook
Rayburn Lewis from Ballard's Swedish Medical Center stopped by the Ballard commuter station along the Burke Gilman Trail on Bike to Work Day last year for some free food and swag.

Happy National Bike Month!

May is National Bike Month and there will be numerous events throughout the month to celebrate pedal-powered transportation.

What better than to celebrate this month by getting on a bike: ride to work, ride to the grocery store, ride with your family, or just ride to feel like a kid again!

Seattle has some of the nation's most bike-friendly roads and wonderful trails and you will definitely not be alone. Last year thousands of people started biking for the first time during Bike Month.

To help you get going, Group Health is inviting Seattle area commuters to participate in the 2012 Group Health Commute Challenge throughout National Bike Month in May. The challenge is to form a (workplace)team, commute to work by bike, and track your trips online for a chance to win prizes. For new riders, it's a great motivational tool to get you started. For seasoned bike commuters, it's a challenge to ride more, recruit new riders, and challenge your business to be a part of a better future.

Visit the Group Health Commute Challenge website to sign up.

On May 18, F5 will once again be sponsoring the annual Bike to Work Day, which is an opportunity to show our city planners and lawmakers what Seattle could look like if we continue to encourage and invest in bicycling as a common mode of transportation.

On that day thousands of cyclists pack the streets, over 40 commuter stations throughout the city offer free swag and bike tune-ups, and it's simply a wonderful way to start the day.

Additionally, starting at 7:30 a.m. there will be a rally at Seattle City Hall, and Ballard will host the F5 Bike to Work Street Party at Bergen Place from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

By simply riding your bike this month, and especially on Bike to Work Day, you will help generate political momentum for safe and bike-able streets. The annual increase in cyclists on F5 Bike to Work Day shows transportation planners and politicians that there's a need for a network of bicycle trails, lanes, boulevards, signage, and new innovative facilities. By cycling together, we can make a difference. There's strength in numbers!
But before you ride, be safe and prepared by learning the rules of the road: click here and here.

Please visit Cascade Bicycle Club's Bike Month webpage for a full schedule of events and more information.

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