Bike Month 2021

May is Bike Month!​

The Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance (TMBA) has been hard at work expanding its outreach and gaining new alliance members to build on the success of prior bicycle awareness campaign focused on promoting healthy living and physical fitness through active transportation. 

What does that mean for 2021? Well, the Reno-Sparks area is growing accustomed to a larger number of bicyclists hitting the roads and the TMBA hopes Bike Month will continue to grow, however, in 2021—still living under a global pandemic—this means we have to shift things a little bit from what we originally planned and we’re even more focused on elevating safety and wellness. 

This means we’re focusing on several key things this year:

  1. Encouraging everyone to participate in the commuter challenge or riding to run errands/drop off kids instead of driving cars, 
  2. Providing 4 weekly educational and informational presentations virtually to get more people out on bikes, safely, and 
  3. Promoting and participating in partner events and rides and elevating community orgs and small businesses
 

Later in 2021, when we’re out from under the pandemic, we have plans to have some in-person biking events that we officially sponsor; in the meantime, we’re “rolling with it”, while keeping our focus on everyone’s safety and well-being. 

Commuter Challenge

What is the Commuter Challenge?

It is a free and easy way to challenge your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing in on a local level with other businesses. The Commuter Challenge provides a way to promote teamwork within your business, create a healthier workplace and get people excited about bicycling.

Why Participate in the Commuter Challenge?

  • Fun: This is a team-building experience that will help build camaraderie in the workplace. Participants will work towards a common goal and be able to compete against other businesses in their industry, their region and throughout the country.

  • Health: Encouraging participation in the Challenge will help make your workplace healthier!

  • Economics: Employees can reduce car maintenance, fuel and parking expenses. Employers will benefit from reduced health care and transportation related costs.

  • Environment: Bicycling reduces emissions and greenhouse gases. Nearly 50 percent of all trips in metropolitan areas are three miles or less and 28 percent are one mile or less – distances easily covered by bicycle!

  • Promotion: The Challenge is a free and easy way to offer a local/statewide bike competition and participate in the national event. It provides data, healthy competition and a way to promote your organization or business.

  • Celebration: Joining the Challenge is a great way to kick off National Bike Month and build relationships within your own business, as well as with local, state, regional and national business communities.

How to Form a Commuter Challenge Team

  1. First, be sure to sign up. 

  2. Visit the RTC Commute Challenge page or create a template for your commute

  3. Register your company by contacting the RTC Trip Reduction Specialist at 775-335-1920 or SMiklos@rtcwashoe.com. Following registration, we’ll provide you with instructions for customizing your organization’s area of the website.

How do I know if a Commuter Challenge Team has been formed for my employer?

  1. Contact the RTC Trip Reduction Specialist at 775-335-1920 or SMiklos@rtcwashoe.com to find out if a team already exists or ask your employer

How to invite others to join the Commuter Challenge?

Share this page with them! Better yet, sit with them (or “zoom” with them)

Past Commuter Challenge Results

Check back here for the results of the Commuter Challenge Winners!!

Educational Content and Series

This year, we’re trying something new so we can offer people a variety of ways to participate in Bike Month without having to physically gather in groups—again due to the pandemic—yet still have a viable option to connect and participate while gaining some helpful information for getting out on bikes safely. 

First off, we’re elevating more curated educational content around bike safety in the Washoe County region. Secondly, we’re hosting an educational series throughout the month of May.

Tue, May 4, 6:30pm – Bike Month Kickoff + TMBA Board Meeting (Mtg Link + Recording Link)

Mon, May 10, 6pm – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Bicycle Waste w/ Reno Bike Project (Mtg Link + Slides)

Tue, May 11, 12pm – Bicycle Infrastructure w/ Nancy of TMBA Board (Mtg Link + Slides)

Tue, May 18, 6:30pm – Biggest Little Trail Stewardship (Curtis Johnson) w/ Kiwanis Bikes (Mtg Link + FB Event)

Tue, May 25, 6:30pm – Family Biking w/ Safe Kids and Kiwanis Bikes (Mtg LinkFB Event + Recording Link)

Wed, May 26, 11am – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Bicycle Waste w/ Reno Bike Project (Mtg Link pw: bikemonth + Slides)

Thu, May 27, 4:30pm – RTC Washoe Update (Mtg Link)


Call for Presenters

While we have some topics lined up for the educational series, which currently span the areas of bike tune-ups, getting around town on both bike and public transport, and much more, we also know that we can’t cover it all and, frankly, we don’t want to—it’s more fun to do it together, collaboratively with others in the community. This is where we are hoping that if someone would like to give a 30-to-60-min presentation on a bike related topic, we’d love to hear more about it and get you on the calendar! We can help with the technology, e.g. running the Zoom or Teams or Google Meets conference call. 

If you’re interested in a topic, please fill out our short-n-sweet online form by Wednesday, April 21st. 

Curated Content

Check out these cool and informative short videos from some of our partners, like Washoe County Health District and others:

Partner Events and Rides

Check out our calendar below for all of the wonderful events and rides our partner organizations are hosting. If you’d like to get your event on this community calendar for Bike Month, pop over our core team a note at events@bikewashoe.org

Note: please follow any-and-all COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Follow these organizations to find the latest ride info: Tuesday Night Ride Group, Reno Bike Night (Wednesdays), Procrastinating Pedalers, Kiwanis Bikes / Sinawik Bikes (email sinawik@gmail.com

Small Business and Community Organization Goodies

During the month of May 2021, various small businesses and community organizations are offering bike month participants some goodies. We’ll keep a running list below. 

  • Hub Coffee Roasters: 1 free 8oz cup of coffee — coffee, not latte 😉 — for any cyclist that comes in with a bike AND helmet to any of our locations (Riverside & Pine).
  • Swill Coffee and Wine: 1 free 8 oz drip coffee or 16 oz bottled water — for any cyclist that comes in with a bike AND helmet (use the bike rack to the left of the entrance)
 
If you’re a small business that would like to participate, drop-us a note at events@bikemonth.org.

Bike Month Team

We couldn’t pull of this year’s Bike Month without the following core team:

 
 

Some facts on bicycling

Bicycling can help you live longer and better

  • 3 hours of biking per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%
  • Women who bike 30+ minutes a day have a lower risk of breast caner
  • Adolescents who bicycle are 48% less likely to be overweight as adult
  • Bicycle commuting burns an average of 540 calories per hour.
  • The average person loses 13 pounds in the first year of commuting by bike.
Bicycling is less expensive than driving a car
  • The average American household spends over $8,000 per year on owning and driving their cars- more than they spend on food!
  • A daily 4-mile bike commute will save about 66 gallons of fuel per year
  • Most trips Americans make are short! 49% are less than 3 miles, 39% are less than 2 miles, and 24% are less than one mile. Ditch the car for that short trip and hop on a bike! You’ll find you can get their faster and for free via bike.
Bicycling reduces road congestion and air pollution
  • Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3 billion gallons of gas per year in the U.S.
  • For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, about 1 pound of CO2 is saved.
  • There were 864,883 bike commuters in 2012.

Bicycling boosts the economy

  • The U.S. bicycle industry sold $5.9 million in bicycles and equipment in 2008
  • Twice as many bicycles are sold in the U.S. each year than cars
  • Studies have shown that homes closer to bike paths are more valuable

 

So if you’re not convinced by all these numbers and facts, we suggest you put the numbers to the test and GET ON A BIKE! Try a ride through your neighborhood and we bet you’ll start feeling the many benefits of cycling. Bike to Work Week + Month is meant to inspire people to change up their daily routine with a bike ride. Even supplementing riding your bike one day a week will help you save money and get healthy. Cheers to bikes!

Social + Digital Assets

Stay up with the latest on all-things Bike Month by bookmarking this webpage and staying connect with us through our social media channels, including our partners’:

 

While you’re here, download the 2021 Bike Month posters and share them on your social feeds

 
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