Now that National Bike Month is over, we did a quick check in with some of our members to see how they celebrated the month of the bicycle:
- Big Grants. San Diego Association of Governments: SANDAG awarded $30,000 in grants to a host of organizations that promote biking in San Diego County. The grants support the GO by BIKE campaign. Events included public open streets events, community rides, Cyclo de Mayo fiestas, bike festivals, bike repair sessions, bike safety workshops, bike-in movie events, and a bike to art festival.
- Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority: Bike to Work Day Bay Area on May 11 featured VTA General Manager, CEO Nuria Fernandez, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Shiloh Ballard leading a ride at MLK Jr. Library in Downtown San Jose through Guadalupe Trail toward North San Jose. Over one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace and thousands participated.
- Little Rewards. San Joaquin Council of Governments: SJCOG offered Incentives for residents logging miles. One trip qualifies for MonkeyLectric LED Bike Wheel Lights; Two trips qualifies for the “Trick Out Your Ride” Package, featuring LED Bike Wheel Lights, Bike Repair Tool, Phone Mount, Dibs Swag, Helmet, Bell; Four trips qualifies for one of 3 apple watches or 3 new bikes.
- Orange County Transportation Authority: OCTA offered Incentives for pledging to ride, which included a chance to win a Trek FX 2 bike or a Fitbit Blaze. By pledging, participants automatically received a coupon for Jax Bicycle Center, a local chain featuring bicycles, apparel, and accessories. OCTA also held their annual Bike Rally on May 18, offering free Bike Month t-shirts for those joining the slow-paced group ride through Old Town Orange.
- Metropolitan Transportation Commission: Bay Area Bike to Work Day was held on May 11, with over 100,000 participants. MTC coordinated hundreds of Energizer Stations scattered throughout the nine Bay Area counties with refreshments and encouragement from volunteers. Additionally, Chipotle sponsored a 2-for-1 promotion of all Bay Area restaurants on Bike to Work Day. Participants simply showed their helmet or Bike to Work Day canvas bag to qualify. Another MTC event, Team Bike Challenge, is a competition where coworkers, friends, and companies form teams that compete to log the most cycling miles during the month of May.
- Sacramento Area Council of Governments: SACOG had a six-county region-wide campaign to promote bicycling for all trips. Participants earned electronic badges and prizes for logging miles. Events included Bike to School Day, Bike to Work Day, Shop-Dine-Bike Day, Ride with the Mayor, Flat Tire Repair Days, and many neighborhood bike ride days. In addition, the Tower Bridge Bike Share was unveiled on May 18, featuring 50 bicycles available for daily commutes, with the full roll-out of 900 bikes coming soon.
- Southern California Association Governments: SCAG’s Bike to Work Day was May 18 with celebrations taking place throughout Southern California. LA Metro hosted pit stops throughout the county with SCAG’s Go Human team hosting a pit stop in front of SCAG’s Downtown LA office. Pit stops featured refreshments, giveaways, encouragement, and nourishment for all bicyclists.
- Transportation Agency for Monterey County: TAMC hosted a number of events throughout Monterey County including a bicycle safety presentation and safety gear giveaway, twilight cycling rides, a bike to shop day, balance bike camps for new riders, and free bike parking for every Tuesday Farmers Market.