What is Bike Month?
When we tell people that Bike Month is coming up, we occasionally get the following response:
Oh, cool! What is Bike Month?
If you find yourself wondering the same, we want to provide some clarification. Each year, the League of American Bicyclists rallies the nation in support of cycling during the Month of May. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
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 years’ bicycle awareness campaigns focused on promoting healthy living and physical fitness through active transportation. 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.
During Bike Month, TMBA works with many local partners to offer a wide range of cycling activities and contests that encourage more cycling in Washoe County as well as community building among the cyclists in our area. From casual group rides to community meetups, there’s something for everyone during bike Month. As individual event details are developed, they’ll be added to our calendar of events. A few of Bike Month’s highlights include:
Commuter Challenge: We organize this month-long challenge to encourage more people to replace some or all of their car trips with bicycle trips. Whether you’re going to work, school, the grocery store, or the coffee shop, logging your bicycle commuting miles on the RTC Smart Trips web site will make you eligible to win one of our Commuter Challenge prizes.
Cyclofemme: Organized annually on Mother’s Day, CycloFemme is a global celebration of women on bicycles. Locally, we have developed an event that creates a fun and supportive atmosphere for cycling women of all types and ability levels. Learn more here.
Reno River Roll: Organized as part of the Reno River Festival, the River Roll offers an opportunity to be part of a huge, rolling concert. Costumes are encouraged! When you register for the event, $5 will be donated to a local cycling organization of your choice. Of course, we would love for you to choose TMBA!
Bike Month Photo Contest: With so many great bike events happening during Bike Month, there are tons of opportunities to snag an award winning photo. Stay tuned for details on this year’s contest.
Bike Month After Party: This year, we are partnering with Wandering Wyld to bring you an awesome celebration of the close of another (hopefully) successful Bike Month. Join us on June 1 in MidTown for a family-friendly festival including local artists, musicians, food, and bikes!