The Sequim Bicycle Alliance has created some fun activities to celebrate “Bike Everywhere Month” for the month of May.
“Take a Spin in Sequim” is the featured theme for the month and will include a Bicycle Bingo for bicyclists of all interests and skill levels including various bicycle activities, discounts to bicyclists from local businesses displaying a bingo card and a town party on May 31.
Ann Soule, resource manager for the City of Sequim Public Works Department, said the Sequim Bicycle Alliance formed last fall composed of community members that want to promote more bicycle riding in the area.
She explained Sequim was named a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2014 with a status at the bronze level from the League of American Bicyclists. This designation is determined by the city’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies, according to the City of Sequim’s website.
“We think we can bump up to a higher level without too much effort,” Soule said.
The Sequim Bicycle Alliance is coordinating the event with contributions from members including the City of Sequim, Sequim School District, Ben’s Bikes, All Around Bikes, Rainshadow Coffee and others.
Soule said the idea of the alliance is to keep bicycle activities going in the area because Sequim is a popular destination for bicycling of all kinds.
There are 25 activities bicyclists can participate in for Bicycle Bingo, from challenging activities such as a 100-mile ride or seeing the Strait of Juan de Fuca at sunset to family fun activities such as bike to breakfast or pedal to the parks.
Dave Toman, security guard for the Sequim School District and an avid bicyclist, said the Bicycle Bingo is to encourage people to do something fun with bicycling.
“The big picture is taking (bicycling) beyond the month of May,” he said of the activities planned for “Bike Everywhere Month.”
Toman is part of the Sequim Bicycle Alliance and rides his bike every day to work. This year, he said he has only missed five days of riding to work due to illness and black ice.
Community members that want to participate in bicycling activities for the month of May can commute around town on May 19 for National Bike Everywhere Day and grab a free cup of coffee and a bagel from 7-9 a.m. at the Sequim Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St., Sequim.
There also will be a town party from 4-6 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza for free snacks, prizes for children in costumes and bingo participants and biking videos.