SLO Regional Rideshare announced May as San Luis Obispo County’s 11th Annual Bike Month. is A local and national celebration of human powered transportation, Bike Month calls attention to the joys and benefits of cycling. During the month of May, Rideshare and a dedicated group of volunteers will provide over 30 free bicycle related events and the 5th Annual Commuter Bike Challenge.
The Commuter Bike Challenge is a countywide effort to get as many people as possible on a bike once during May. The online challenge encourages organizations to compete with one another on the basis of participation, not miles or trips. Split into four competing size categories, companies, churches, schools, clubs and governing bodies will try to get as many people as possible from their group to ride a bike once and log their trip online. The four winning organizations will receive a custom made Commuter Bike Challenge Trophy awarded at the Bike Month Blowout on June 2nd. Participants of the challenge will receive a free Bike Month t-shirt, spoke card and bike light (as supplies last) at Bike Month events. Members of the public and challenge participants can view real time challenge standings starting May 1st by going to www.rideshare.org/bikemonth. Data collected from Commuter Bike Challenge participants will be used to advocate for the continuation and expansion of bicycle related programs and infrastructure projects.
With over 30 events planned so far, Bike Month is going big. Notable events include Bike to School and Work Week, Bike to School Day, Bike Fest, Buy By Bike Day, Tweed Ride, Pedal to Paella, Kidacle Mass, Bike Month Blowout and the Executive Challenge. For a full list of events, visit www.rideshare.org/bikemonth. Bike Month events are free and open to the public. “We truly have something for everyone,” stated Morgen Marshall, Rideshare Program Manager. “There are Bike Month events for kids, families, students, executives, commuters, fashionistas, music lovers, art aficionados and everyone in between. The goal is to provide fun events that encourage people to dust off their bikes, pump up their tires, and experience the joys and benefits of being on a bike. Those who attend Bike Month events will have the opportunity to win two bikes. An original Fat Tire beach cruiser will be given away at Bike Fest and a Linus commuter bike will be given away at the Bike Month Blowout.
Bike Month is a program of SLO Regional Rideshare and is sponsored by: San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG), Air Pollution Control District, City of San Luis Obispo, Trinity Cyclery, Sime, SLO Bike Club, Central Coast Outdoors, Splash Café, Movie Experience, Tahoe Joes, Trader Joes, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, Black Horse Espresso and Bakery, Broadway Bagel Café, Café Andreini, Higher Groundz Coffee & Tea, Kruezberg CA, Linnaea’s Café, Malibu Brew Coffee, Morro Bay Coffee, Nautical Bean, Westend Espresso and Tea, County Board of Supervisors, Tolosa Winery, Sextant Winery and Saucelito Canyon Winery, Cygnet, City of SLO PACE, CCCMB, SLO County Supervisors office.
For more information on Bike Month and to view the full calendar of events visit www.rideshare.org/bikemonth.
About San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare
SLO Regional Rideshare is dedicated to reducing the number of single occupant vehicles on San Luis Obispo’s roads and highways, conserving fuel, reducing air pollution and making it easier for commuters to get to work or school. A division of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, SLO Regional Rideshare shows employers the value of transportation benefits and customizes programs to meet a company’s unique needs. For more information about SLO Regional Rideshare, visit www.rideshare.org.