(April 11, 2016) May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling – and encourage more folks to give biking a try.The City of Portland has a long history of celebrating Bike Month and supporting efforts to make bicycling an attractive choice for everyday trips. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply explore your community and experience the joy of riding, Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
To roll out the month’s festivities, we are partnering with Pedal Bike Tours and Portland Pedal Power on a Bike Month Kick-Off Party. Join us for this fun event on Friday, April 29, 4:30 to 7:00pm at Pedal Bike Tours, 133 SW 2nd Ave. There will be a free raffle for prizes, light refreshments and ample bike parking provided. Raffle drawings will be held every half hour and you must be present to win.
New in 2016, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has moved their annual bike challenge from September to May, and they’ve branded it the Bike More Challenge. The BTA challenges everyone to get out of their cars and get on their bikes and see who can #bikemore during the Month of May. Every ride counts this year. Ride your bike to work, the library, the grocery store, or for fun and log all of your trips at www.bikemorechallenge.com.
Also new this year, Multnomah County Libraries, Metro and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation are partnering to give a free bike light to patrons and families who ride their bikes to any of the nineteen Multnomah County Library branches during the month of May. Biking to the library after school or on the weekend is a great way to get the whole family active together and biking more. Patrons who participate in this books and bikes promotion can request one free light per person while supplies last. And don’t forget to log your trips to the library at www.bikemorechallenge.com.
Of course we are offering all of our standard guided bike rides, classes and bike breakfasts on neighborhood greenways and more. You can see a full listing of events at www.PDXBikeMonth.com.