Submitted by Intercity Transit
Intercity Transit’s Bicycle Community Challenge gears up for its 35th year. The month-long event encourages Thurston County residents to ride their bicycles for transportation, and for individual and community health and well-being. The challenge is open to everyone and now all types of bike rides count. Participants bicycle to work, school, errands, or just for fun and fitness anytime in May, and log their rides for rewards and prizes.
Registration is free. Register online at the Intercity Transit website.
“The more people that ride bicycles in our community the better it is for everyone, no matter what their reason for riding. We hope that recreational riding opens the door for some people to try riding for transportation too. Bicycling for health and fun is also beneficial to individual and community health, and we need those benefits now more than ever,” says the event’s coordinator, Duncan Green. “And, the BCC provides a positive environment with information, support, and encouragement that helps people get going by bike.”
The annual Bicycle Community Challenge is a popular event with over 1,000 participants each spring. The event encourages, promotes, and celebrates bicycling in Thurston County and provides cycling tips, encouragement, and a group bike ride. The challenge awards prizes to riders of all abilities and ages thanks to generous donations and support from more than 40 local businesses and organizations.
Upcoming Bicycle Community Challenge Events
Cycling-related events are scheduled before and during the Bicycle Community Challenge:
- Earth Day Market Ride, April 23, 10 a.m.- Noon. This neighborhood ride leads participants to the Olympia Farmers Market, with a meet-up at the Heritage Park Fountain in downtown Olympia for free coffee and treats, and a prize drawing.
- Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 19, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Ride your bicycle to work and visit a bicycle station along the way for snacks and information.