We had a fantastic Bike Month here in Seattle. Mother Nature was kind to us and it resulted in people on bikes everywhere. We even have a pedal-powered Seattle Public Library now (kinda)! This whole month made me go, “I LOVE BIKES” over and over again.
While the numbers are still rolling in, and it’s clear that we achieved something HUGE during Bike Month.
Together, 14,890 of daily bike commuters in 2,000 Commute Challenge teams prevented 1.6 million pounds of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere—the equivalent emissions of 950,000 gallons of gasoline. We also made 127,000 fewer car trips this month and rode 1.7 million miles, the equivalent annual mileage of 150 cars. We also burned a whopping 84 million calories; that’s 78,000 pints of Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream!
Here are some of my highlights:
Bike to School Day:
On Wednesday, May 8, I joined hundreds of kids in biking to school and the energy was contagious! I rode with the students from Bryant Elementary accompanied by a police escort, parents, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and more.
After meeting for coffee and donuts at Top Pot Doughnut, the bike parade made a one-mile trek south to Bryant Elementary, which together with its Northeast Seattle community has been working for many years to create an environment where it is safe, welcoming and fun to bike to school.
“Bryant is not alone,” said my co-worker Julie Salanthé. “There is a growing movement and interest in supporting our kids in getting to school under their own power.”
Bike to School Day activities demonstrate a shared vision for our communities –a vision that people of every age and ability feel safe and confident enough to ride to school and to ride in their neighborhoods.
Bike to Work Day:
It was grey and rainy morning on Friday, May 17, but that didn’t deter thousands of people from ditching their cars to ride their bikes to work for the annual F5 Bike to Work Day. Over 80 commute stations all over the region were buzzing, some even reported a record number of visitors!
We met people who were riding to work for the very first time today while others, familiar with the swag and goodies at the dozens of commute stations, embarked on a city-wide search for the best commute station offerings. Rumor has it that the hosts of one DIY station slaved away in the kitchen to offer homemade doughnuts! We sure were feeling the bike love!
We celebrated the end of a successful Bike Month with live music on the KEXP stage, art, fashion, vendors, drink specials and bikes at the Ballard Bike Street Party on Friday, May 31.