RideTacoma has attended many of the local Bike Month events and there’s still one more tomorrow, the Bike-In Movie Night at The Red Hot (21+ only.) Along with the movie and some bike-themed beers, they’ll be celebrating Tacoma’s first on-street bike corral, installed outside their door on 6th Ave between Pine and Junett Streets. RideTacoma was the first to try it out!
Here’s a recap of some of the Bike Month events that we enjoyed. What events did you attend? Any event suggestions for next year?
Tacoma Bike Swap: This event continues to be a huge draw for riders in every part of Tacoma’s cycling community. Mattias volunteered at the bike corral while I pitched in with 2nd Cycle in the vendor area. There was something for everyone, even an obstacle course for the kids.
Bike to Market Day: The Tacoma Farmers Markets are happening more often and in more parts of the city. We missed the Broadway Market on May 3, but biked to the 6th Ave Market the following week for some produce. A friendly farmer liked our bike and gave us this tomato start.
National Bike to School Day: I biked to school with my kids and was happy to see a few other families trying it for the first time, too. We’ll be posting more on family cycling in the coming months.
Zeit Bike: Letterpress Ride/Seek: My kids loved this event! Not only did we get to see the cool artwork from Wayzgoose and other local artists, but we also made our own art and jewelry from recycled bike tires. I’d like to see the Tacoma Art Museum make this happen again next year.
National Bike to Work Day: Mattias and I are both avid commuters, and it was obvious that there were more bikes on the road this particular day. Remember that if you log at least five bike trips with Pierce Trips during May, you’ll be eligible for some cool prizes. Be sure to log those trips before the end of the month!
Bike to a Better Tacoma: Mobility coordinators from the City were on hand to talk with riders about plans and efforts to make Tacoma more bikeable. There were seasoned riders wanting to know what the city has planned for the future, and just as many new riders looking for more information and advice on how to include bikes in their daily lives. Attendance included all types of riders: families, racers, tourers, bike shop employees, and many commuters. If you’re looking for a do-it-all event to attend next year, this might be it. I helped with the valet bike parking out front: we had nearly 60 riders plus another 10 kids that arrived in trailers and on cargobikes. I have a good idea of where the City can place the next on-street bike corral…