Bike Everywhere Month
Even in the 2020 pandemic, May is STILL Bike Month!
In fact, bicycling was one of the first outdoor activities sanctioned by public health officials this spring. It’s a great way to get moving and get some fresh air if you are symptom-free and not exposed to COVID-19.
Sequim is a world-class area for bicycling and Sequim Bicycle Alliance hopes everyone here will celebrate that! Please follow this simple guidance to stay safe in 2020:
- Ride solo or with your family.
- The ODT is open and inviting you to share the trail with care: A. Maintain your distance. B. Avoid congested locations. C. If you encounter others, pull up a mask or scarf for your sake and theirs.
- Remember that trails and sidewalks may have inexperienced riders testing their skills!
- Plan your ride to avoid bathroom stops—for safety, and they may be closed.
If you’re getting back on your bike after a while, this video from the League of American Bicyclists has some great tips!!
Rules, closures, and opportunities are changing rapidly in May so watch Facebook @SequimCycling and this webpage for updates! #BikeSunnySequim #SequimCycling #BikeMonth
- For tune-ups, maps, and used or new bikes and equipment, support local businesses and non-profits including Ben’s Bikes, Pedego Sequim and Sequim Bike Works (at the Farmer’s Market, opening May 16).
- Pull the family together for Bike Month Bingo - download the 2017 card here and follow the ideas until you get a row for Bingo (many are not appropriate in 2020, so just mark any 5!)
- Make up your own scavenger hunt, such as ride to all the totem poles in the area and try to name the carved figures from top to bottom (Ben’s Bikes has info on a "totem trail"). Or count the "Olympic Discovery Trail" signs along your favorite stretch of the ODT.
- You like a friendly challenge? Some local riders have started the Kick-Covid-19 challenge: ride 19 days in May. And the Earth-Day-Turns-50 challenge: ride 50 times in 2020! Post photos and report your progress on Facebook @SequimCycling or Strava @TakeASpinInSequim. Be sure to use #BikeSunnySequim and #SequimCycling
- The Strava club @SequimBikeWorks hosts solo ride suggestions every few days. Follow the suggested route and share your experience with others in the club.
- Regular Rides happen almost every day of the year. See the Sequim Bike Alliance page.
- National “Bike Everywhere Day” will be in the Fall.
- The annual Bike Rodeo for kids may be rescheduled for later in 2020. Activities include safety inspections, bike courses, and a celebration for all participants. Watch for announcements from the Olympic Peninsula Bicycling Alliance (www.olympicpeninsulacycling.com) or contact Jeanie Robards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SequimWheelers Wheelchair-Assist Bike Program 2020 season is on hold until it’s safe to ride again, since the special bikes to not provide 6 feet between users. Click the link for updates, or contact Nicole at email@example.com.
- The ever-popular annual Bike Swap Meet may be rescheduled. Watch Facebook and Instagram @SequimCycling for details.
- Work parties on the Olympic Discovery Trail will be rescheduled.
- Monday, May 18th: the City’s Park, Arbor, and Recreation Board normally meets on 3rd Mondays at 5:30pm and would be happy to hear from the cycling community with ideas, opportunities, and concerns regarding bicycling in the City. Watch www.sequimwa.gov for notices in case this meeting is held virtually.
Bike Month events are coordinated by members of the Sequim Bicycle Alliance, generally with special support and contributions from City of Sequim, Olympic Peninsula Bicycling Alliance, Sequim School District, Pedego Sequim, Ben’s Bikes, and Rainshadow Coffee and Cafe. #sequimcycling #bikesunnysequim