Zeitbike and Other Highlights of Bike to Work Month

23 Apr

It’s time to dust off your helmet, pump up those tires and get ready to chalk up some commuter miles! May is Bike to Work Month and you’ll find a slew of local events throughout the month celebrating pedal power. And don’t forget to log your commute trips at PierceTrips.com for a chance to win great prizes!

In honor of Bike to Work Month – and with a nod to the acclaimed exhibition, HIDE/SEEK – Tacoma Art Museum presents RIDE/SEEK on Third Thursday, May 17. Bike to TAM to enjoy an evening of bike-related programs and art activities, from 5 to 8 pm. In partnership with the City of Tacoma, this year’s Zeitbike installation at TAM will feature bicycle-themed letterpress art by Beautiful Angle, Wayzgoose, and Stadium High School students, on view throughout the month of May. Enter to win a poster of the featured work! On Third Thursday, May 17, the museum will screen the film Bill Cunningham New York, a cinematic profile of the noted veteran New York City fashion photographer and dedicated cyclist.

On Saturday, April 30th, The Tacoma Bike Swap returns to the University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse. Whether you’re looking for a super-light road bike, a cushy cruiser, or hope to sell the kids’ old bikes cluttering your garage, this event has something for you. The Bike Swap will feature free flat repairs by Tacoma Bike, $7 helmet sales and fittings with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Safety, and bike maintenance clinics by REI. Interested in being a vendor? Email bikeswap@cityoftacoma.org to register.

Don’t miss Bike to Market Day on Thursday, May 5th, opening day of the Farmers Market on Broadway.  Stop by the City of Tacoma booth for $7 helmets and free helmet fittings and fresh tips on how to make biking in Tacoma work for you!

And don’t forget about the annual Bike to Work Commuter Challenge sponsored by REI! This year the Challenge has been expanded to the entire month of May. Cyclists who register their commute trips at PierceTrips.com are eligible for great prizes.

On Friday, May 20th, celebrate a successful Bike Month with Downtown On the Go at the City’s 2nd Annual Bike Commuter Picnic and Fashion Show.  Watch local cyclists strut their stuff on the catwalk during the Bike Fashion Show! Free lunch will be provided for the first 50 cyclists who RSVP to bikeswap@cityoftacoma.org with their name and employer by Friday, May 13th.

Remember, bicycling is far better for the environment, your health and your cash flow than driving your car!

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