May is Tacoma-Pierce County Bike Month

During the month of May, the City of Tacoma, in partnership with Pierce County and Pierce Transit, celebrate Bike Month. Lots of bike-related events and activities are planned for the 11th annual Bike Month in 2018, and details will be posted on BIKE253.com. Do you know of a fun bike-related event happening during May? Add it to the calendar at BIKE253.com.

10th Annual Tacoma Bike Swap – April 28

2015 Bike SwapThe Tacoma Bike Swap is an annual event hosted every April, and this year it will be on April 28, 2018. This exciting community event is free to attend and is great for people who are looking to buy or sell bikes and bike-related accessories. The Bike Swap gets more than 1,000 attendees most years.

At the Bike Swap you can meet other people who enjoy bicycling and learn about great places to ride. Past years have also given attendees the opportunity to practice putting your bike on the bus, let kids practice riding in a bicycle rodeo, and more. Make sure you mark this event on your calendar!

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10 AM – 2 PM

University of Puget Sound

Thompson Hall Parking Lot

(N. Union & N. 14th)

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Bike Everywhere Challenge: Register, Ride and Win!

Participate in the Bike Everywhere Challenge and be entered to win great prizes – all you have to do is ride your bike in May and log your trips on PierceTrips.com. Ride to the park, ride to the grocery store, ride to work, to any of your destinations!

Bike Everywhere Challenge

Register at PierceTrips.com

Bike anywhere (park, library, school, church, etc.)

Log your trips on the Pierce Trips Trip Calendar online

Participants must be 18+ years old

Participate as an individual or as part of a team

Win gift cards to local businesses

Visit this web page to get more information about how to be a Bike Month captain.

Active Transportation Partners

2nd Cycle (http://www.2ndcycle.org/) is a community cycle center which supports, educates, and advocates for cyclists, new and experienced, in the Hilltop and surrounding Tacoma community. 2nd Cycle provides community workspace, bicycle maintenance classes, literature, repair service, as well as new and used bicycle components while maintaining accessibility by providing affordable pricing.

Photo by Morf Morford

Photo by Morf Morford

VeloFemmes (http://velofemmes.wixsite.com/velofemmes) is a group of women who recognize that cycling tends to be a male-dominated activity, and they are focused on getting more women on bikes. They hope to inspire more women (and more people in general) to get out and explore their communities by bike, and they hope to be a safe space where women can meet new friends and feel supported.

Tacoma Wheelman’s Bicycle Club (http://www.twbc.org/) is a 501c7 non-profit that aims to provide “Cycling for Fun, Fitness and Livable Communities.” The Wheelman organize social and bicycle activities, work with other clubs and organizations to promote bicycling, and inform and educate members and the public regarding bicycle issues and safety.

Kidical Mass Tacoma (http://kidicalmasstacoma.blogspot.com/) is a safe and fun series of bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. Part of a larger Kidical Mass movement, the group organizes rides through various neighborhoods of Tacoma.

Bicycling for Youth

Tacoma is home to an array of annual bicycling activities geared to the next generation of riders including Bikes for Kids, Kidical Mass the Tacoma Bike Show, and the Dome to Defiance.

Photo by Morf Morford

Photo by Morf Morford

Maps

DOTG Downtown Bike Map: http://www.downtownonthego.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/BikeMap_lowres.pdf – Or we can mail you up to 5 printed maps. Send a request to info@downtownonthego.org.

Pierce County Bike Map – http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/2219/Bike-Map

DOT Washington State Bike Map – http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/statemap.htm

Bike Pumps & Locks

If you get a flat in downtown Tacoma – We’ve got your back! Here is a handy list of businesses equipped with a bike pumps and bike locks for you to use.

Foss Waterway Seaport – 705 Dock St.

Tinkertopia – 1914 Pacific Ave.

The Hub – 203 Tacoma Ave. S.

Parkway Tavern – 313 N. I St.

Tease Chocolates – 610 N. 1st St.

en Rama – 1102 A St. #202

Lift Bridge Coffee – 1102 A St. #215

Doyle’s Public House – 208 St. Helens Ave.

Goodwill Coffee Buzz – 714 S. 27th St.

The Grand Cinema – 606 Fawcett Ave.

Red Elm Cafe – 1114 M.L.K. Jr Way

UrbanXchange – 1932 Pacific Ave

Old Spaghetti Factory  – 1250 Pacific Ave Suite 101

Tacoma Strength – 2354 Jefferson Ave

Savor Creperie – 1916 Pacific Ave

– Downtown On The Go