Get Out and Ride during May’s 2014 Bike Month

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Bike Month 2014 activities will create bonds across the Tacoma bicycling community between interest and community groups spanning religion, families, fashion, local food, art, history, and micro-brews. Yet, one of the first events is designed around the nuts and bolts of getting out to ride in the first place – the Tacoma Bike Swap.
The South Sound Region’s biggest bike swap will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees at the University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse will buy, sell and trade their way to two sets of wheels. Local groups will connect new riders with resources and visitors can find a variety of offerings spanning hand-built parts and accessories to entry-level bicycles available from local shops. Count on four hours of activities like the Bike Rodeo led by Kidical Mass and Repair Fair.
“You can find a huge range of bicycles at the Bike Swap like cool vintage rides, fixies, road bikes, or beach cruisers. When people find their bike match and get a good deal they walk away quite happy,” said Tacoma Active Transportation Coordinator Diane Wiater. “This is feel good event that celebrates the diversity of bicycles and their riders.”
Other Bike Month events, like the Bike Swap which is sponsored by the Tacoma Wheelman’s Bicycle Club, are being organized by a host of different groups – all to encourage other Tacomans to ride their bikes.
One of the City of Tacoma’s contributions is a Bike to a Better Tacoma event on Wednesday, May 21. City staff and the volunteer Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group will discuss the hopes, visions and plans for a more bike-able Tacoma and share a Mobility Master Plan update at The Hub Event Space at 6 p.m.
Other events include a Bike to Market Day on the first day of the month where riders will get $2 tokens to spend with their favorite vendor. Or, a historic Tacoma Tweed Ride – where those in tweed will travel one of Tacoma’s first trolley line routes starting at Pt. Defiance Park. Also part of the fun are a blessing of the bikes, poker ride, micro-brew route-themed ride, kids and parents ride and bicycle arts event. The final event of the season is a family-friendly excursion to Anderson Island where the first 50 registered get a free ferry ride.
Throughout May Pierce County residents can participate in Bike Month Commuter Challenge, sponsored by Amtrak Cascades and Defiance Bicycles. Those who commute to work by bicycle at least five times will be entered to win a Portland get-away via Amtrak. Also watch for weekly raffles for prizes, including roundtrip Amtrak tickets to Portland or Vancouver.
More information on Bike Month activities through May and beyond can be found at Bike253.com.
Bike Month is supported by the City of Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability which develops, promotes and implements sustainable practices through education, community partnerships and performance management.

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  1. Great bike article. Looks like fun.

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