Sonoma County is full of some of the fittest, greenest, nature lovers in the country. So it makes sense that residents would ring in a holiday like National Bike Month — which, yes, is this May — with fanfare.
To mark the cycling celebration, and encourage would-be cyclists to dust of their two-wheelers, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition has organized a roster of events.
So, read on and mark your calendars.
Team Bike Challenge
Dozens of cyclist teams are logging trips and miles for "Team Bike Challenge," a competition to see who can rack up the most cycling miles throughout May.
"Team Bike Challenge, helps people get the true message of Bike Month and Bike to Work Day," says Sandra Lupien, Outreach Director at Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, "Riding your bike to work, the store, to your favorite café, is not only very possible, it makes you feel great, helps you save money, and it's fun!"
Late to the game? According to Lupien you can still register through the end of this week.
Bike to Work Day
The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will ring in May 10 with "Bike to Work Day," a collaborative event to encourage cyclists to commute en mass.
In collaboration with dozens of partners the Coalition organizes energizer stations for bikers during the regular commute from 6-9 a.m.
Sonoma has four so far, including stops at MacArthur Place, and an 'after work' happy hour party at the – bike not optional. (Check out a google map of the Energizer Stations here.)
There are 28 stations throughout the county; they'll distribute coffee, snacks and prize packs.
Make sure to register for Bike to Work Day online at www.youcanbikethere.com. If you pledge to try riding for transportation even once in May, you’ll be registered to win great prizes, including a new bike!
Biker Chick? Join the All Woman Ride
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and Supervisor Shirlee Zane will host the second “Biker Chicks” women’s bike ride this Sunday, May 6.
Women who want to ride will meet up at Prince Gateway Park (near the big fish at Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenue) in Santa Rosa at 1:30 p.m.
Arrive at 1 p.m. to learn how to fix a flat tire. The ride rolls at 2 p.m. and riders have fun together riding at an inclusive pace along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail and return to Downtown Santa Rosa for drinks and food at a local watering hole.
Registration (it’s free!) and information: www.bikesonoma.org/bikerchicks. In addition to SCBC and Zane, Biker Chicks is hosted by Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation and HillJillys Women’s Bike Club.
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition works on Bike to Work Day with a Regional team representing the 9 Bay Area Counties, and these efforts are sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, 511.org, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. More info about the Regional effort can be found at www.youcanbikethere.com.
Visit http://www.bikesonoma.org/bike-to-work-day to see an up-to-date list of Bike Month events in Sonoma County.