May is ‘Bike Everywhere Month’

Organizers of local “Bike Everywhere Month” activities say there are plenty of chances to warm up for summer riding during May, with group rides and other activities promoted by the Sequim Bicycle Alliance.

The month kicks off on Thursday, May 2, when participants can hob-nob and bike with City Manager Charlie Bush. Meet at 5 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St., for a one-hour ride to Railroad Bridge Park on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Join the artsy crowd on First Friday by bike on May 3. Though an officially unorganized ride between galleries and other venues, the event is a great way to show off bright jerseys (May’s color is aqua) and get in the spring spirit, organizers say. Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. at various locations (see www.sequimartwalk.com for details).

On Saturday, May 11, ride downtown to the Sequim Farmers Market for “Bike Day at the Market,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Civic Center and along Cedar Street. Cheer for the Sequim Wheelers in the Irrigation Festival Grand Parade on Washington Street from noon-2 p.m.

Mayor Dennis Smith will make a proclamation promoting Bike Everywhere Month and Sequim’s designation as a “Bike Friendly Community” at the city council’s May 13 meeting.

On Friday, May 17, National “Bike Everywhere Day,” riders can grab a free cup of coffee and a snack at the Civic Center Plaza on their morning travels, available from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

The second annual Bike Rodeo is on Saturday, May 18, for children in grades K-5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the stadium parking lot next to Helen Haller Elementary. Activities, sponsored by the Olympic Peninsula Bicycling Alliance, include safety inspections, bike courses and a celebration for all participants. For details contact Jeanie Robards at nwbikerlady@gmail.com or look online at www.olympicpeninsulacycling.com.

On Monday, May 20, the city’s Park, Arbor, and Recreation Board will meet jointly with the City Arts Advisory Commission and be happy to hear from the cycling community with ideas, opportunities and concerns regarding bicycling in the city. Board meetings are at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Burkett Community Room, 152 W. Cedar St.

Saturday, May 25, is a Bicycle Swap Meet from noon-3 p.m. next to Rainshadow Coffee and Café, 157 W. Cedar St. Bring your cash or something to sell. For details, contact onefintrim@gmail.com or call 760-994-6825.

Closing the month down is a Bike and Brew bang on Friday, May 31, with a short ride starting from the Civic Center at 4:30 p.m. and ending at the Peninsula Taproom, 210 W. Washington St., at 5:30 p.m.

Weekly wheeling

In addition, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday the Sequim Spoke Folks ride from 9:30 a.m.-noon or before (about 20 miles), departing from 950 N. Fifth Ave. (Sequim Community Church north lot). For details, contact Tom Coonelly at 360-681-7053 or check out www.olympicpeninsulacycling.com.

Every Tuesday and Friday the Women on Wheels do various leisure, social and “mini-hill” rides starting at 9:30 a.m. at Railroad Bridge Park (Dungeness River Audubon Center, western terminus of Hendrickson Road). For details, contact Jeanie Robards, nwbikerlady@gmail.com. WoW is an Olympic Peninsula women’s biking group, whose members have a wide range of skill and proficiency levels. If you’d like to join them on a ride, a bike helmet is required.

In addition, the Sequim Sunday Riders depart at 9:30 a.m. from the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge at 554 Voice of America Road for a 25+ mile ride. For more information, contact Randy Barber, 360-477-4156. And for a slightly shorter ride, join the Sequim Easy Riders medium-paced group, also starting at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For details, contact Bob Anundson at sequimboy@gmail.com.

Bike challenges

Do you like friendly competition? Create or join a team for the “Bike Everywhere Challenge” (https://www.lovetoride.net/washington): This is a great way to motivate yourself, family and friends to ride. Points can be earned by riding miles and by encouraging others.

Also for the media savvy: register with the local Strava club, “Take a Spin in Sequim” — always ready for new members and posting photos (www.Strava.com) and Like the Sequim Cycling Facebook page. Sequim Wheelers also has a page on Facebook.

Bike Month events are coordinated by members of the Sequim Bicycle Alliance, with special support and contributions from City of Sequim, Olympic Peninsula Bicycling Alliance, Sequim School District, Pedego Sequim, Ben’s Bikes and Rainshadow Coffee and Cafe. A complete schedule and details may be found at www.sequimwa.gov, search for “Sequim Bicycle Alliance” or “Bike Everywhere Month” or use #sequimcycling or #bikesunnysequim.

The Sequim Bicycle Alliance is an umbrella coordinating group for bicycling interests in eastern Clallam County, furthering the goals of Sequim’s bronze-level “Bike Friendly Community” designation: education, encouragement, engineering, evaluation and planning, enforcement and economic development. The group meets quarterly at the Sequim Civic Center; information about past meetings is available at www.sequimwa.gov.

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