Cycling season is coming, and it wouldn’t be springtime without a great many bike events. The Month of May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Cyclists. Celebrated across the nation since 1956, Bike Month is a chance to encourage folks to ride more and demonstrate how communities can benefit from cycling. The City of Portland has long supported Bike Month, organizing National Bike to School Day, Bike Breakfasts around town, Lunch and Learns, Sunday Parkways, the Portland Employers Bike Summit, and National Bike to Work Day, to name some of the main events.
To roll out the festivities in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is partnering with PPP and Pedal Bike Tours for a sweet Bike Month Kick-Off Party, on Friday, April 29 (4:30 to 7pm at Pedal Bike Tours). There will be a 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.
For the first time, Multnomah County Libraries, Metro, and PBOT are partnering to give a free bike light to patrons and families who ride their bikes to any of the Multnomah County Library branches during 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.
As we posted earlier, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has moved their annual Bike More Challenge from September to May, so there will be tons of parties, organized rides, and events to encourage folks to #bikemore. At PPP, we firmly believe that communities that ride more are safer, healthier, and happier. Growing the cycling population in Portland is a win-win for everyone. We hope you’ll get involved this May, participate and get outside! You can also win lots of prizes by participating in the challenge. Everyone loves prizes!
For a full listing of events at visit www.PDXBikeMonth.com.