Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Bike To Work Day "Bike Station"

A new Bike To Work Day
"Bike Commuter Station" is coming to Southwest Olympia! Courtesy of South West Olympia Neighborhood Assn. with local business sponsors (TBA).

Friday, April 17, 2015

BCC T-shirt weather for Earth Day Ride

Yowza, look at that weather report for tomorrow's Earth Day Market Ride!! Looks like BCC t-shirt weather to me! Get yours today at the Olympia Transit Center downtown on State Ave, so you can wear it tomorrow!
OTC is open until 7pm. 100% Organic Fair Trade t's only $10. Limited supplies!

Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Commuter Profile Number 4: Paul

A Narrative Style Commuter Profile, thanks to Paul!

Perhaps I was born on bicycle. I doubt it. My childhood bicycle experience started ironically. I was scared to death of taking off my training wheels, and kept them on even though all my friends were pounding the sidewalks on their own two wheels. Finally my big sister had enough and took the training wheels off. I cried. I wailed. Then I got on my bike and wobbled down the street. By the time I rode around the block I was jammin’. “Not so bad! I should have done this a long time ago!” A lesson in life.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Your Local Bike Shop- an Invaluable Resource!

It's always sad to see a bike shop close its doors, as two have, for different reasons, in Olympia this year. However, we are still really lucky to have a good variety of local bike shops in our area. Local bike shops are the heartbeat of the bicycling community in any town. That is where you will find not just the bike widgets you want, but the years or decades of experience, and expertise in all aspects of bicycling. From fitting you correctly for a new bike to helping you choose a safe route or an awesome mountain biking trail, from solving difficult repair problems to showing you the right way to wear your helmet, or sharing bike commuting tips, there is no better place to go than the real live people at your local bike shop. Some shops rent bikes, most will pack a bike for you for shipping, and all our local shops are staffed by friendly, helpful people who know their stuff. Why not stop by and get to know the folks at YOUR local bike shop?

Here's some Local Bike Shop News for April, 2015:

Bike Tech: Spring Sale, April 9 through April 20, including "Trek Fest" bike deals, mark-downs on other bike brands, discounts on clothing and accessories, and closeouts on 2014 and older model bikes. Also carrying Electra, Salsa, Surly, Diamondback and other bike brands.

Deschutes River Cyclery: Featuring new bikes from Giant, Cogburn and others, plus refurbished used bikes. New Store Opening in downtown Olympia, April 24. 325 4th Ave East. Stop by during ArtsWalk for the Grand Opening!

Joy Ride Bikes: New model-year bikes in stock from Norco, Scott, Kona, Volagi, Surly and others, with new bikes from Yeti arriving soon.

Old Town Bicycles: Carrying the latest models from Cannondale, Specialized, Salsa, Santa Cruz,  and Redline, plus closeouts on older model bikes, and a rotating list of Sale Items on their website.

Stevenson Custom Bicycles: Though currently not in a retail storefront location, Stevenson Custom Bicycles is not "just" a top notch custom frame building shop. The Stevensons offer custom bike fitting, full bike repair services, and free pickup and delivery of your bike.

These bike shops support all kinds of cycling in our area, in part by sponsoring the Bicycle Commuter Contest, supporting Friends of Capitol Forest and offering discounts to members of the Capital Bicycling Club.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

2015 Earth Day Market Ride - Saturday, April 18

Welcome Spring with the BCC's Earth Day Market Ride!
Whether you're getting on your bicycle for the first time this year, or have been biking all winter, the Earth Day Ride is a great way to welcome Spring. Biking through town on a usual day, I'll see a few other people on bikes, going their way, and maybe we'll wave. At the Earth Day Ride, I get to see a whole crowd of people who use their bikes for transportation, all in one place having coffee and treats and chatting- and then biking through downtown together  - it's so sweet! We take a group photo at the Heritage Park Fountain, and then head over to the Farmers Market to shop, have lunch or listen to the music. We'll also have a table at the market where you can sign up for the BCC if you haven't already. Details below...
(Coffee generously provided by Batdorf and Bronson, Chocolate Corks by Bread Peddler!)

Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 Commuter Profile Number 3: Linda

  • What is your age, roughly speaking? 
  •  I’m a fifty-two year old woman
  • What is your occupation or area of study? I work for the Family Support Center as a Family Resource Coordinator. I have spent my adult life parenting and supporting other parents in a variety of ways. I volunteer for two non-profits that support’s families as well as working for a non-profit.
  • What is your most frequent destination on your bike? I do occasional recreational biking with my partner on the weekend. However mostly I commute to work three to four days a week as I’m part time and only work four days a week.
  • How did you hear about the Bicycle Commuter Contest? My partner and I have five children between us and three of our children participated in the BCC when they were teens and each of them won in their categories.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BCC Registration Opens- and other big news...

Registration opens April 1 for Bicycle Commuter Contest 2015!
This is an experimental and evolutionary year for the BCC. Like any organism, the BCC must adapt and try new things to live and thrive. Some changes can be uncomfortable, and we can never predict every possible outcome-  and, we hope the things we're trying this year will make the BCC even better and more welcoming and encouraging, so even more people will try riding their bikes for transportation!

This year, the BCC is free for everyone.

There is now no fee to join the BCC. You may register whichever way works best for you, whether it is online, in person at the Olympia Transit Center, with your workplace Employee Transportation Coordinator, or by mail- without the hassle and expense of having to pay a fee. You can register starting April 1!  Receive valuable coupons for discounts at most local bicycle shops when you register for the BCC! Plus a coupon for a free safety check (see below).

A Wrenchers' Ball experiment

Make sure your bike is safe to ride in the BCC! We're trying out a new and different way to offer free safety checks this year. Instead the traditional Wrencher's Ball arrangement of requiring everyone come to one location on one day to have their bikes checked, all participants will receive coupons for a free safety check at our BCC Sponsor Bike Shops. Each bike shop's coupon is valid for slightly different dates, but all are valid for at least a week, in late April/early May. Safety check includes complete inspection and evaluation of your bike's functions and overall safety. This is not a free "tune-up" - parts and other services are available but not included in the free Safety Check.

A more inclusive prize system

We're making a change to the way we award prizes to individual participants in the BCC.  The BCC will celebrate the achievements of the riders with the most miles and days, but prizes will be awarded in random drawings within Mileage and Days categories, so more people have a chance to win a prize. Teams will compete for prizes as always, in the usual categories (Total Miles and Days, Days per Member, percent of First Time riders' days, Mileage Log Return Rate).

100% Organic, Fair Trade cotton t-shirts this year

It has been a goal of ours for several years now to move to organic and more sustainable materials for our t-shirts. We've finally found shirts we like at a price we can afford, in colors we like- we hope you like them too! Same low price: $10 at the Olympia Transit Center- (available soon).

 Spring is here, and we look forward to seeing you out and about- on your bike! :-) 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Register for Two County ride by April 1 for Earlybird deal

If you’ve ridden the Two County Double Metric before, you’re bound to be enjoy some improvements in 2015. This is Capital Bicycling Club’s 33rd year hosting the Two County, and the ride has exciting updates to the routes and new finish-line entertainment and food to make the ride even better. Find out more...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Capital Bicycling Club's Bike and Gear Swap This Wednesday

CBC will be holding it’s annual bike and gear swap at the March general meeting – Wednesday, March 4 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the Capital Museum Coach House. This is a great opportunity to sell or trade all that great bike gear you’ve realized you aren’t going to use anytime soon.
Table space is free to anyone who would like to come. Non-members are welcome.

For more info:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Commuter Profile Number 2: Lillian

Lillian fixes her tour-mate's flat tire on a trip across Arizona

• What is your age, roughly speaking?  29.61 years

• What is your occupation or area of study?  I work as a bike mechanic!  And I clean stalls at a horse boarding stable on weekends.

• What is your most frequent destination on your bike?  Work is a pretty boring answer, so I'm going to have to go with the other half of that trip: home!  That said, Spuds Produce, Groc.Out, and the Evergreen Bike Shop are top hits as well.

• How did you hear about the Bicycle Commuter Contest?  I can't remember!  It just seems like everyone knows about it.  

• How many times have you participated in the Bicycle Commuter Contest?  Just once, but I only moved to Olympia a little over a year ago.  I participated in one the year before in Smithers, BC, and inadvertently participated in many more just by the fact that I ride almost everywhere.

• What got you started riding your bike to get around (practical cycling)?  When I was a young lass I lived 2 miles from the place where I kept my horse, and didn't like having to pester my older brother or parents for rides.  One time I got in big trouble for riding home just after dark, and that led to an enlightening realization: I could ride DAY OR NIGHT as long as I had lights on.  From then on, I was FREE! I also found if I rode my bike to school, I could sleep in a little later than if I took the bus.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Like to Bike? Got Kids? Go Kidical Mass!

 Kidical Mass Thurston County is all about family friendly bike rides that emphasize bike safety and celebrate the joy and practicality of bike riding. We promote family friendly bike rides that meet on the second Sunday of each month at 2 pm.  Find out more...
  The next Kidical Mass ride is Sunday, March 8th at 2pm starting from Nova MS and this time we're raffling off a new Kona youth bike donated by Capital Bicycling Club!  All youth under 18 who are riding their own bikes on the March 8th ride are eligible for the raffle.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 Commuter Profile Number 1: Matthew

  • What is your age, roughly speaking? This year, I’ll be halfway between L and LX.
  • What is your occupation or area of study? I’ve been really fortunate to have made a career in archaeology. After more than 20 years as an archaeologist in the private sector, I accepted a job with the State and now review and evaluate transportation projects across Washington for potential impacts to archaeological sites, historic structures, or places of cultural significance.
  • What is your most frequent destination on your bike? Like most commuters, I have to say work. I don’t have a super long commute (just under ten miles a day round trip), but rain or shine I’m on my bike heading to work four days out of every seven! During the “nicer” months, I’ll often do errands or joyride on my days off (shout out for the Chehalis Western!) and some years I’ll do the STP or some other century-type ride just for the fun of it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Winter Mini-BCC Winner, Week 3 - PLUS: Winter Bike To Work Day

Melanie won this solid brass bell from PDW in this week's drawing in the Winter mini-BCC!

 The Mini-BCC celebrates Thurston County residents who use their bikes for transportation year-round. 

If you are regularly biking for transportation this winter, email dgreen"at"intercitytransit to find out more! 

Plus, follow this link to check out International Winter Bike To Work Day- it's tomorrow!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Winter Mini-BCC Winner, Week 2

Hooray, we're in Week 3 of the lo-fi Winter Mini-BCC!
Last week's winner was Doug, who won this sweet "Spaceship 3" headlight from PDW /Portland Design Works. We'll do another drawing later this week and once each week this month. 
email dgreen"at" for more info. 
Thanks PDW!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

MoonCycle! Full Snow Moon Ride This Saturday, 7pm Tivoli Fountain

 Moon Cycle Olympia is an independently organized  monthly casual night ride on the first Saturday following the full moon. To join us, just show up at Tivoli Fountain on the State Capitol Campus with lights & a helmet. We only ride as fast as the slowest. All ages welcome.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tom J. is our first random prize-drawing winner in the "Winter Mini-BCC"! Tom won a nice pair of
Serfas cycling glasses, which were not claimed by a BCC winner last year. To get involved in the Winter Mini-BCC, email dgreen"at" We'll do another random drawing next week!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Real World Tips from Winter Bike Commuters

Some great reasons for getting around by bike: 
Even in the rain it’s not a problem because I have rain gear and I’m not out there long enough to get really wet.  I love the feeling of the cool fresh air on my face at the end of the day.  That first little hill always makes me smile. ~from Charlotte

I ride every day regardless of the weather since I no longer have a car. This is my first winter riding and it is going great. My favorite part about riding is that when I arrive home after a long day at work, my stress has melted away and I feel refreshed and ready to spend the evening with my family. ~from Yoshi
I commute everywhere [by bicycle] because I have a broken car! ~from Io

And some tips from commuters who are out there doing it year-round:

My best tip for winter cycling is to take the long way home.  It's too dark by 5:30 to safely ride a heavy traffic road in rush hour. However, finding back roads to ride at a casual pace helps to keep me in the saddle day after day.  Oh, don't underestimate the fantastic services provided by Intercity Transit through highly congested areas!!!! ~from Abe

I’ve been a bike commuter off and on for decades—only doing the year-round thing since 2008. The keys for me were good lights, a commute that is mostly off busy roads, and a work schedule that keeps me within ½ an hour of sunrise/sunset. While I don’t ride in slippery conditions (no snow or ice for me!), I’m not deterred by rain, wind, sleet, or cold/dry (at least until it gets below 25, and then I wimp out). ~from Melanie