It’s Bike Month, hurray! Time to get out there and join your fellow bike riders to celebrate this awesome travel device that also generates smiles, increases health, improves air quality, and fixes lots of other problems in cities.
Every city and region in the state does Bike Month a little bit differently. Although National Bike to Work Day is officially on May 20, local areas choose whichever day works best for them. Some cities have a nice quiet celebration with a few people standing by to offer snacks and cheer on commuters, while other places pile on the pancake breakfasts, after parties, mileage competitions, and giveaways.
Yesterday Damien Newton talked with Anthony Molina in Fresno about that city’s Mall-to-Mall ride, its Million Mile Challenge, and I Bike Fresno’s Bike to Work Day.
Today, we take a peek at the activities for May Is Bike Month in Sacramento, which challenges riders to register and log their bike miles during the month with the Two Million Mile Challenge (up from just a measly million miles). Riders are ranked individually, within their employer’s stats, and by city, school, and team, which makes for some fun competition. So far, 70,795.2 miles have already been logged, only a few days into the month. There are 7,407 cyclists registered, and between them they have pledged to ride 1,567,120 miles.
What’s really interesting is to look at the numbers and see how many of those miles replace car trips. It is is not as much as one would hope. By far the most bike miles are recreational, unsurprisingly, but there are some bike riders who are leaving the car behind. The statistics are also broken out by work, errand, and commute miles. It’s self-reported, and the prizes (May Is Bike Month socks, gift certificates) are given out by lottery, but winners do earn bragging rights.
What we’d like to see are rewards for trip-replacement (and therefore emissions-reducing) miles. No doubt, bike riding is good for you, but let’s make it great for the planet, too.
Meanwhile the Sacramento area boasts a packed calendar of events for May, including daily rides, kids rides, classes, parties, tours, and bike-in movies. Highlights below:
May 1: May Is Bike Month got a kickoff called “Great Scott” because it closed off over thirty miles of Scott Road in Rancho Cordova and Folsom to cars so walkers and bikers could enjoy a stress-free experience. Food trucks, a bike festival, and a photo scavenger hunt rounded out the day, while light rail made the return to the starting point easy for tired participants.
Upcoming area events include: Read more…