In an effort to encourage more people to bike to work, Imagery with Impact Productions contrasts a driver and bike commuter’s start to their workday, highlighting the question, how do you want to start your day?
It was grey and rainy this morning but that didn’t deter thousands of people from ditching their cars to ride their bikes to work for the annual F5 Bike to Work Day. Commute stations all over the region were buzzing, some even reported a record number of visitors!
We met people who were riding to work for the very first time today while others, familiar with the swag and goodies at the dozens of commute stations, embarked on a city-wide search for the best commute station offerings. Rumor has it that the hosts of one DIY station slaved away in the kitchen to offer homemade doughnuts! We sure are feeling the bike love today. And it’s not over yet! Come on down to Via6 for the official Bike to Work Day After Party. Hosted by Via6 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., bring in the weekend with bites and beverages from Tom Douglas Restaurants, tunes from KEXP DJ Greg Vandy, prizes and tours of ViaBike and Via6 apartments.
If you only commute by bike on one day per year, make it next Friday, May 17, F5 Bike to Work Day. Thousands of people will be riding in the largest rolling street party of the year, so bring a friend and join in!
Here are some things to look forward to on F5 Bike to Work Day:
Morning Commute Stations. Pick up swag and treats at one of dozens of morning commute stations throughout the Puget Sound region, or set up your own station at your workplace or in your neighborhood using our DIY commute station toolkit. Bike mechanics will be on hand at official commute stations (the ones in blue and yellow) to offer basic assistance to riders. Find a commute station in your neighborhood here.
Free Starbucks coffee all day long! For some extra oomph on your commute, show your helmet or other bike gear at these participating Starbucks ® locations and pick up a free tall (12 fl. oz.) beverage as a reward for your extra leg work. Offer is limited to one beverage per customer on May 17, 2013 only. Thank you to Starbucks for supporting bicycling and sponsoring Bike Month!
Seattle Mayor’s Ride and Rally and Everett Celebration Ride. Ride with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn from KEXP studios on Dexter Ave to City Hall for an inspiring bike rally, or participate in the Everett Celebration Ride and receive a gift just for riding.
The official F5 Bike to Work Day After Party. Keep the Bike to Work Day fun going with the official Cascade Bicycle Club after party at Velo Bike Shop’s new digs downtown, also home to ViaBike, downtown Seattle’s new bicycle commuter club. Roll over for bites and beverages from Tom Douglas Restaurants, tunes from KEXP DJ Greg Vandy and tours of ViaBike and Via6 apartments. Bring your friends and colleagues to celebrate a day of two-wheeled happiness!
Spring is for new beginnings and Bike Month motivates thousands of people to dust off their bikes and start bike commuting.
Last May, 10,656 people actively logged their bike trips during our month-long Group Health Commute Challenge. By biking to work for one month, we collectively logged 1.5 million miles, burned well over 74 million calories, and saved almost 1.5 million pounds of CO2. Wow!
On F5 Bike to Work Day alone, 20,000 cyclists packing the roads, bridges and trails, presenting an inspiring vision for what the region can look like in the future.
Bike to School 2013 will be Wednesday, May 8, and Bike to Work Day 2013 will be Friday, May 17.
More bicyclists mean safer streets, healthier people, cleaner air and more livable communities. Help us inspire thousands of people to give bike commuting a try, and come ride with us in May! http://www.cascade.org/give
Thank you to everyone who rode last Friday on F5 Bike to Work Day! We hope you enjoyed your trip to work on two wheels during brisk (but dry!) morning weather.
More than 16,000 people rode last Friday and stopped by Cascade’s 43 official commute stations around the Puget Sound region. Many energetic riders turned out for a live outdoor radio broadcast at KEXP studios followed by a fun and inspiring ride and rally with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, elected officials, and Cascade staff. Cascade got the Ballard Street Party started with live music from KEXP, test rides on a conference bike from Dutch Bicycle Company, arts and crafts in the kids’ corner, a bike fashion show and much more near Bergen Place Park.
The positive energy swirling around F5 Bike to Work Day was palpable; I’ve never had so many fellow riders greet me with a friendly ‘good morning’ on my ride to work. I hope you felt the same positive energy and support on your ride Friday morning. Take a look at some of the photos from Bike to Work Day here.
Now that you’ve ridden on Bike to Work Day, consider making bicycling for transportation a habit. If you can’t ride every day, aim to ride once or twice a week. When taking short trips to run errands nearby, reach for your helmet and bicycle instead of your car keys or bus pass. You might surprise yourself with how much money you save, how energized you feel, and how much fun you have getting from point A to point B.