Riding the Bike Wave in May

April 25th, 2013

imagesIf you’ve been thinking about riding your bike to work or school, now would be a great time to start. May is “Bike to Work Month,” and Cascade Bicycle Club sponsors a Commute Challenge during May, in which teams from various Seattle companies and institutions compete to see how many bike miles they can log on their daily commutes. We have some spots available on the BGI team, and we would love to have some new riders join in the fun.

Biking is growing as a transportation option. Last week the HUB (co-located with BGI) and Commute Seattle hosted an event called “The Biking Wave: How to Ride It.” It brought together transportation managers, bike advocates, and bike-related businesses (including Peddler Brewing Company) to talk about the growth of cycling as a transportation option in Seattle. The event emphasized both the benefits of biking to people and communities, and the business opportunities presented by the move toward human-powered transportation. Some BGI grads are already riding the wave, and more will come in the future.

Biking to work is a great way for busy people to get good exercise, and it’s a good way to stay in touch with your surroundings. You can chat with fellow bike commuters as you ride, and see the city in new ways. It’s easier than you might think, and the cool weather in Seattle means that a shower may not be necessary when you arrive (if you’re OK with bad hair). Best of all, it’s a lot of fun to feel the wind on your face and build the strength to climb the steepest Seattle hills. And what could be more sustainable than people???

Please consider joining the BGI team for the Commute Challenge, starting May 1 – you’ll be glad you did!

Visit the Commute Challenge and search for “BGI Change Agents” under the Teams tab to sign up, or send an e-mail to Demi Allen at demi.allen@bgi.edu.