Get on Your Bikes and Ride for Bike Month!

Did you know that May is Bike Month?

With the weather still relatively reasonable, it’s a great time to either try out bike commuting for the first time or, if you’re a veteran bike traveler, help folks who are new to bicycling around the city get started. Many active commuters enjoy riding to work because it gives them a workout as they’re commuting and lets them bypass traffic.

The biggest event of Bike Month is Bike to Work Day on May 19, but that’s by no means the only bike-related fun going on this month!

Check out this calendar for a full list of rides that Bike Austin is organizing throughout May. From hilly rides to novice level trips and rides for city commuters to countryside rides, there’s something for everyone on this calendar!

Bike to Work Day will also have plenty of opportunities for both beginner and veteran bike commuters: for those new to bicycling, Bike Austin is organizing a series of “bike trains” – group bike rides to help you get familiar with riding around the city and some of its bike routes. If you don’t have a bike at all, but want to participate, Austin B-Cycle is offering free membership on May 19. Just use code 519 at any B-Cycle kiosk. And for everyone planning to ride to work that day, Bike Austin will have over 40 fueling stations with coffee, snacks, and swag to help you on your way. If you live too far from work to ride, Capital Metro can help! Use the bike racks on their buses to get you and your bike into the city.

This year’s Bike Month is also a great time to take part in a series of City of Austin events marking the launch of the Big Jump Project, a 2017 – 2020 initiative led by PeopleforBikes and nine peer cities across the country in order to achieve a “big jump” in the number of people traveling by bicycle in the city’s central core. The project’s ambitious goal is to double bicycle ridership in three years in Central Austin and make travel by bicycle an even more viable transportation option while expanding the many community benefits that biking brings. Find details on the kick-off events here. 

More information on the Big Jump initiative can be found here.

Photo courtesy of City of Austin

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