Intercity Transit schedules annual Bicycle Commuter Challenge

Person riding bike in suit along city streetIntercity Transit’s Bicycle Commuter Challenge is gearing up for its 32nd year. The month-long event encourages Thurston County residents and commuters to use bicycles for transportation. Participants bike to work, school and on errands anytime in May, and report their participation for rewards and prizes. The challenge is to ride a bike instead of driving a car to get somewhere, so recreational and training miles do not count.

Registration is free. Register online at Participants can also register in person and get materials at the Olympia Transit Center in downtown Olympia.

“Commuting or running errands by bicycle is fun, healthy, and a great way to connect with your community,” says the event’s coordinator, Duncan Green. “And, the BCC provides a positive environment with information, support and encouragement that help people get going by bike.”

The annual Bicycle Commuter Challenge is a popular event with more than 1,000 participants each spring. The event encourages, promotes and celebrates bicycling in Thurston County and provides cycling tips, education and a group bike ride. The challenge awards prizes to riders of all abilities and ages, thanks to generous donations from more than 40 local business sponsors and supporters.

Many schools in the Olympia School District, as well as schools across Thurston County, are participating in the May 1-15 School Bike Challenge, sponsored by Intercity Transit. The physical activity of biking to school or work improves health and is a good alternative to driving. Decreasing the number of cars on the road also means a cleaner environment.

In the midst of the School Bike Challenge is “National Bike to School Day,” held on Wednesday, May 8. “Bike to Work Day” is set for Thursday, May 16.

For more information, visit Intercity Transit’s website