Tomorrow is the kick-off party for the Business Commute Challenge…sign up now and join the fun!! It’s like a pre-kick off for May is Bike Month.
The Challenge takes place May 9-15 and is a friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can walk, bike, bus, carpool, or telework during the week. The workplace with the most participation wins (based on size).
Individual participants can win too! The more you participate the bigger the prize you have a chance to win. Prizes include a Breezer bike, one night stay at Three Rivers Casino with golf for two at Ocean Dunes, one night at Riverhouse in Bend, Party bus tour and tasting for 20 at Agrarian Ale, gift certificates to local restaurants, and more!
Join the BCC Kick-off Party tomorrow (April 30), 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Oakshire Brewing at 207 Madison Ave. Live music, prizes, free slice of pizza and a $1 off a beverage, free bike tune-ups from Patchwork Repair, and more!
Whether you are a bike rider, thinking about trying the bus for your commute, or you want to have fun with your co-workers…this Challenge is for you!
May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene! It’s a good time for fair-weather cyclists to roll those steads out of the garage and get back on two wheels and for everyone who rides bikes to celebrate together. With so many events happening it’s the perfect time to try out something new too! Usually ride for recreation? Try out commuting! Casual cyclist who only rides for errands? Try a longer recreational ride! Want to get your kids riding more? We’ve got events for you! In this post you can find a rundown of some of the great events happening in Eugene/Springfield throughout Bike Month. Like any bike event in Eugene these can also be found on the Community Bike Calendar (a WeBikeEugene project). If you know of other bike events going on during May let us know and we’ll get them up on this list and onto the calendar!
Bike Month Supporters
Throughout all of May you can support the Safe Routes to School “Bike Safety Education Program” by both volunteering at one of the community rides held throughout all three school districts AND by buying your lunch at Wrap City in Kesey Square. Throughout the month of May, Wrap City will be donating a percentage of all of it’s sales to SRTS! May happens to be Walk + Bike to School Challenge month too and while we are challenging our students to walk and bike more we challenge the community to support our efforts by volunteering and buying local! If you’d like to take your own challenge you can participate in the Business Commute Challenge. Form a team at your workplace, win some great prizes, and challenge your co-workers and friends to discover the joys of biking!
The sun is peeking out a bit more frequently these days and loads of great bike happenings are popping up on the Events Calendar (see the sidebar over there—>). Here are some highlights not to be missed for National Bike Month:
The League of American Bicyclists’ Executive Director, Andy Clarke, is in town tomorrow to commemorate the UO’s Silver Bicycle Friendly University award.
A great intro to bike commuting is happening on May 10: If you have any friends or family who are thinking about commuting but are a little uneasy check out the “Bike Commuters Night Out … and how to get around town on your bike.” It’s hosted by GEARs at the Hilyard Community Center (6:30-8:00 pm). There will be a short presentation by a local expert with information about proper gear and clothing, riding skills, technique, cycling laws, street confidence, and bicycle maintenance. Then a diverse panel of six women will share their personal stories and talk about fears and barriers to getting around by bike and how they have overcome them.
There’s a Confident Cycling for Families class on May 21st aimed at families interested in cycling more often with more confidence. Register here.
Finally, the City of Eugene has announced it’s dates for their popular Breakfast at the Bridges events and they are kicking it off at the DeFazio Bridge on National Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 20, 7-9)! Commuters traveling on the River Path Friday will be treated with a FREE breakfast of bagels & coffee, FREE bike bells, FREE bike safety checks provided by Arriving by Bike, bike registration by the Eugene Police Department, and bike resources from the City of Eugene and BikeLane Coalition. Commuters can get all this next to EWEB plaza near the DeFazio Bridge.
There are even more events going on but my question is, who is going to organize the Bike From Work ride to a brew-pub?! Do it and let me know about it.
“With any luck, people will fall in love with [biking] and start doing it a couple more times a week — not just during these big commute challenges, but (also) part of their daily lives,” believes Katura Reynolds. – from KEZI
Bikers and Bikettes, it’s time for that WBE feature that you know and love: The “In The News Wrap-up!” *hold for applause* Today’s wrap-up has a distinct “Eugene Weekly” flavor to it, and will feature the EW’s articles on the new Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, urban freeriding, and a bicycle powered cannery. We will also cover KEZI’s plethora of articles about last week’s wildly successful Business Commute Challenge.
The wonderful folks who write the city’s monthly InMotion newsletter have put out a mid-month supplement to help cover the plethora of events happening during National Bike Month (May, silly). I’m grateful, because that means they’ve done all my work for me!
This short supplement covers the upcoming “Breakfast at the Bridges” events and this week’s Business Commute Challenge (featuring a couple Breakfast and the Bridges scheduled for Friday May 21st; see InMotion for locations). May 21st is Bike to Work Day, so in addition to the Breakfast at the Bridges the BikeLane Coalition is providing free coffee at Eugene Coffee Company at 18th and Chambers and Gary’s Coffee at 525 High. The InMotion newsletter also covers Wednesday’s Ride of Silence and Envision Eugene.