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May is Bike Month
Sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club

Bike Month is a time to test out bike commuting, compete with Bike Commute Teams around the region, and be counted as one of the many thousands of bike commuters around Seattle. King County encourages you to participate in Bike Month; bike commuting can be a great way to improve your health, reduce your stress level and replace car commute trips.  To participate in Bike Month:

Join the Group Health Commute Challenge – Commit to riding 5 round trips between May 1 – 31 and be eligible for great prizes. Join one of the county teams or form your own team of co-workers, family and friends.  Registration is free – sign up online or call 206-522-3222.

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Ride on Bike to Work Day, May 20th. This is your chance to cycle to work and be counted as one of thousands of bike commuters in the greater Seattle area. Cascade Bike Club counts the number or bike commuters this day. This number has become the default indicator for the local bike community.  Throughout Puget Sound there will be commute stations to provide rider treats. Visit the Cascade website for a map of commute stations, information on morning rally or the after-ride block party, or call 206-522-3222 for details.

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Register as a rider with the Employee Transportation Program and be eligible for one of 20 prizes exclusively for King County employees.  Register online or call 206-684-1663.

Are you new to bike commuting? No problem! There are local resources to help you get started on your commute including:

  • Health Matter's bike resources website including information on community programs to help you ride confidently.  You can even find a bike buddy who lives and works near you to share tips and ride in with you a few times.
  • REI's free in-store classes including basic bicycle maintenance.  Check your local REI. Here's the listing for the downtown Seattle Flagship store.
  • REI video how-tos including fixing a flat tire, riding with children, and bike commute tips and preparation. 

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Public Health (Auburn) employees Arleen and Jill bike to work.

King County employees from Auburn to Shoreline talk about the joys of bike commuting.

Quick Links

Other Bike Resources

Bike to Work 2010 Recap

Cascade Bike Club

Employee Transportation Program

Bike Month 2011 Poster

Download a poster to print and post at your worksite.  You may use this to advertise for teammates on your Group Health Commute Challenge team.