Fremont Bridge bike commuters/photo by Millie Magner
Bike to Work Month and the Commute Challenge passes the half-way mark. Already there are impressive stats accumulated. This year's registered riders not only beat last year's numbers, but exceeded 10,000. According to Cascade Bicycle Club's (CBC) current data, 1651 teams are participating representing 718 organizations. Riders have already amassed over six hundred thousand miles. There's so much more to come.
Friday is the big event, Bike to Work Day. Highlighting the annual rally downtown is the added bonus to "Bike with Mike," Seattle's bike-commuting Mayor McGinn. To participate, bicyclists should meet at the Fremont Bridge Commute Station at 7:15 AM to join the biking entourage via Dexter to the rally at City Hall. Encouraging riders and heightening enthusiasm, Bike to Work Day features 45 aid stations along the major bike routes around the region. Bike, stop for treats, energized meet at City Hall for the big bike picture.
Wrap up the day in Ballard for the After Party. 22nd St NW and Bergen Park will again be the location for this year's After Party. The block between Market and Ballard Ave will be closed for 3 hours of celebration (4 pm - 7 pm). Pizza, bike tune-ups, SmartWool and New Belgium will be returning highlights. You just might win a free pair of socks. Find out how.
Plan ahead. The After Party is merely a boost of encouragement as Commute Challenge pedals toward its final week and a half. The finale will be the Bike Month Awards Celebration at Pyramid Brewery (1201 First Ave. S). All Commute Challenge participants are on the guest list. Attend and receive a free-beer ticket as well as be eligible for an on-site drawing. You have to be there to win. Gear up and pedal on.