Tacoma celebrates the mystical magical bicycle in May

The Tacoma Bike Swap, scheduled for April 28, is the largest bicycle-related event in the South Sound region. File photo

Bicycles are beautiful. With two slender wheels and some tubing, they provide an experience that is akin to flight. There is nothing so magical as gliding along a smooth surface with the wind at your back. Bicycles are clean machines, propelled by the human body, the original engine of mobility. On a bicycle, a person can travel swiftly enough to cover significant distance, yet the pace is leisurely enough that one can appreciate the sights along the way.
Widespread use of the bicycle has the potential to alleviate traffic congestion and vehicular injuries and to promote the wellbeing of the citizenry. The main problem for cyclists is that our transportation infrastructure has been designed around the imperious needs of the automobile. I am convinced that a safe network of bicycle roadways is all that is necessary to promote the widespread use of the bicycle. There are many who would love to get out and pedal all over town were it not for the deadly tons of internal combustion-driven steel that command the streets with arrogant entitlement.
We need more and more people to get out on their bicycles and enjoy them not only for recreation, but as a serious means of transportation. In recognition of the role that the humble, lovely bicycle has to play in the transportation network of the future, during the month of May the City of Tacoma, in partnership with Pierce County and Pierce Transit, celebrates Bike Month. Lots of bike-related events and activities are planned for the 11th annual Bike Month in 2018, and details will be posted on BIKE253.com. Do you know of a fun bike-related event happening during May? Add it to the calendar at BIKE253.com. This website also lists most of the following events.

10th annual Tacoma Bike Swap
April 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
University of Puget Sound
The Tacoma Bike Swap is the largest bicycle-related event in the South Sound region. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or simply looking to connect with other riders, you’ll find it at this exciting community event.

Bike Month Proclamation with City Council
May 1, 5 p.m.
Tacoma Municipal Building,
747 Market St., First Floor Council Chambers
Join Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards and the Tacoma City Council for the reading of the Bike Month Proclamation, designating May 2018 as the 11th annual Bike Month. Come show your love of bicycling in Tacoma, and thank our elected leaders for their support.

Bike to Market Day
May 3, 10 a.m.
Tacoma Farmers Market,
Broadway between South 9th and South 11th Streets, Tacoma
Open up the 2018 Broadway Farmers Market season by using your bipedal strength to arrive on a bicycle. It’s spring time, bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and if we are lucky, the sun could be shining! Help kick off Tacoma’s bike month by enjoying one of Tacoma’s best farmers markets in style, on a bicycle. Everyone who bikes to the market can stop by the Bike Month table for a free market token.

Steel Wheel Alleycat
May 6, 3 p.m.
2nd Cycle, 1205 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma
This event is brought to you by students from both iDEA High School and Major Taylor Project.
Ride your bike, answer trivia questions, earn points and win prizes. This alleycat includes an industry and environment-themed manifest. Pre-meet at 3 p.m., ride starts at 4 p.m., raffle and prizes at 6 p.m. 21+

National Bike to School Day
May 10
Various locations
In coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month, the first National Bike to School Day was celebrated on May 9, 2012. There were close to 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia that joined together and encouraged children to safely bicycle or walk to school. Thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials around the country will celebrate the benefits of biking and walking to school during National Bike to School Day.

Neighborhood Cruise with Kidical Mass Tacoma
May 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2nd Cycle Tacoma’s Community Cycle Center, 1205 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma
This is a slow-roll style bike ride for families, neighbors, and friends. Everyone is invited. We’ll be stopping to hang out at People’s Park, Ferry Park, Zina’s Place, and basically just enjoying the Hilltop neighborhood by bike. Do you play an instrument? Bring it! The more the merrier.
Kidical Mass Tacoma is a monthly bike ride for kids and their families. We ride in the street and follow the rules of the road, stopping to regroup so no one gets lost or left behind. Helmets and adult supervision are required.

VeloFemmes do
CycloFemme 2018
May 13, noon
Meet at Old Town Park,
2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma
Tacoma is part of the international movement called CycloFemme, aimed at getting women on bikes. Our ride is slow and flat on Tacoma’s waterfront. We want to make sure everyone can join us! It’s Mother’s Day – bring your mom!

Bike to a Better Tacoma
May 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
7 Seas Brewing Co., 2101 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma
Ever wondered what bike projects are in the works? Join City staff for an informal conversation about upcoming bike and trail projects in Tacoma. Light snacks provided.
Info: www.facebook.com/events/643084742749682

Bike to Work Day
May 18, starting at 7 a.m.
People’s Park, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma
May is Bike Month all over the world, but the best celebration is right here in Tacoma. On May 18, Downtown On the Go will welcome everyone who rides a bike in Tacoma to join them at People’s Park to eat muffins, drink coffee and get stoked about biking. Whether you bike to work, school, the grocery store, the bar, wherever, Downtown On the Go wants to champion you during this bikiest of months. Featuring the local deliciousness of Red Elm Cafe and Manifesto Coffee, this will be the best morning commute of 2018 (maybe of your life?). This event is supported by Broken Spoke and Kaiser Permanente. The first 30 people who pre-register get the limited edition 2018 DOTG tote bag. Log your trips on Pierce Trips and compete as a part of a Bike Month team.

Foothills Trail Grand Opening and Ride
May 19, 9 a.m.
Foothills Trail East Puyallup Trailhead, 13919 80th St. E., Puyallup
This ride is open to all bikers to celebrate the grand opening of the Foothills Trail from Puyallup to Buckley. Meet at the Puyallup trailhead before 9 a.m. Additional start location: Orting Clock Tower Ride to South Prairie along the Foothills Trail. A perfect mix of bike-friendly paved trail, riverside scenery, good company. Grand opening ceremony in South Prairie at 11 a.m. Additional ride start from Buckley led by County Executive Bruce Dammier at 10:15 a.m.

Tour De Donut
May 20, 9 a.m.
Narrows Park and Ride, 7201 6th Ave., Tacoma
Inspired by rides of a similar name across the nation, this fun, no-drop 28-mile ride around Tacoma features the best donut spots in town. Pace will be 10-12mph. Do you have the stomach to eat a cake doughnut with sprinkles at each stop – and keep them down until the conclusion of the ride? If you do, you’ll join an elite group of people with special bragging rights! Check-in starts at 8:15 a.m. We will depart promptly at 9 a.m. Here are the route details (course and locations subject to change): ridewithgps.com/routes/26783999Doughnut.

Old Places, New Spaces: Preservation Month Ride
May 25, 5:15 p.m.
7 Seas Brewery,
2101 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma
A bike ride of Tacoma’s adaptively reused bike trails, including the Prairie Line Trail, Foss Esplanade, and the Water Flume Line Trail. Ride leaders will provide background on the history of these places, as well as information on their transformation into new public spaces. The event starts and ends at 7 Seas Brewery, with a social following the bike ride.

Trails and Ales
May 31, 6 p.m.
Mama Stortini’s Restaurant Fireside Room, 3207 E. Main Ave., Puyallup
Say #Cheers2Trails while listening to a panel discussion on how our region’s trail network will be built out and maintained. At this year’s event, you can also meet and chat with the Mt. Rainier National Park Superintendent Chip Jenkins.

Bike to a Business
May 1-31
The Hub, 203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma
Downtown On the Go has partnered with The Hub, and they are offering a first Harmon pint for $2 when you arrive by bike during the month of May. They are equipped with bike racks, a bike pump, and an extra lock to borrow in case you forgot yours. Show us how much you love biking to your local businesses by using #B2ABTacoma and #Bike253 on social media. Don’t forget your punch card. Visit seven businesses throughout the year and receive exclusive B2AB swag at the end of 2018. Pick up your card on your first visit to a B2AB.

Bike Everywhere Challenge
All of May
This May, celebrate the 10th annual Bike Month in Tacoma and Pierce County, where many bicycle-related activities and events are planned to engage the community in bicycling resources. The programming is for people of all ages and skill levels, and is presented by community bicycle organizations, the City of Tacoma, Pierce County, and Pierce Transit. All month long residents can participate in the Bike Everywhere Challenge by riding a bike anywhere they might otherwise drive or commute. When residents ride to the park, library, grocery store or other destination and log their trips at PierceTrips.com, they will be entered to win a number of exciting prizes. To register yourself or your Bike Everywhere Challenge team go to www.PierceTrips.com.
During Tacoma-Pierce County Bike Everywhere Challenge (May 1-31) participants keep track of how many days they commute to work by bicycle and record their trips in the online calendar at PierceTrips.com.

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