Friday, February 17, 2017

This Week's Prize in the Winter Mini-BCC

This week's prize in the Winter Mini-BCC goes to Craig G. -- this sweet pair of Tifosi riding glasses, donated by Old Town Bicycles!

The Winter Mini-BCC is ongoing- we'll have another prize drawing next week, and one on the last day of February.

Happy riding!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Winter Mini-BCC sign-up still open

Photo by participant Walk Er
221 participants so far in the Winter Mini-BCC! Thurston County residents can still sign up to win prizes:

or click the button at the top of the right sidebar. Prize drawings each Friday in February!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

International Winter Bike To Work Day Friday, Feb 10

 Come ride with us. Friday February 10th, 2017. 5th annual International Winter Bike to Work Day.
Commit today:  (Be patient, the website is busy and loads slowly...)

Things are looking up weather-wise for Winter Bike to Work Day tomorrow, aside from the possibility of some windy conditions. Keep a weather eye peeled, and be safe out there.

If you bike to work or another destination, take a photo along the way and send it to us at and we'll enter you to win a prize (if you're a Thurston County resident).
We'll also be doing our second prize drawing for those who are signed up in the Winter Mini-BCC!

Friday, February 3, 2017

First Winter BCC Prizewinner for 2017

198 people have signed up so far in the 4th Annual Winter Mini-BCC. We did our first random prize drawing this morning and Mary T. has won this light set from Portland Design Works, with a super-bright Radbot rear light! We'll have at least one prize drawing each week in February, plus a photo contest on Winter Bike to Work Day, Friday, Feb. 10. Stay tuned for details!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Winter Mini-BCC

The Winter Mini-BCC is off and rolling! 180 spirited souls have signed up so far, and it's only the first day! International Winter Bike to Work Day is coming up on Friday Feb. 10. We'll have a photo contest to celebrate. Sign up for the Winter Mini-BCC here: or click the button at the top of the sidebar.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Winter BCC Starts February 1

 The Thurston County Winter Mini-BCC starts February 1! Thurston County residents (or anyone biking for transport within Thurston County) sign up by clicking the button to the right. Fill out the online form, tell us a little about your commute, and you're in! This is one of our "Mini-BCC's", so there are no teams and no mileage log. Just ride your bike to get around this February, and we'll enter you to win prizes. Prizes include some nice bike lights, fenders and other accessories! We'll have a prize drawing each week in February, this week included.

NOTE: There is still a chance of ice on the roads. We'll have night-time temps near or below freezing several times this week. On icy mornings, choose your commute mode carefully, depending on the conditions on your route. Sometimes the bus is the best option! You can take your bike on the bus in the morning, and bike home in the afternoon when it has warmed up. Check out this short video about loading your bike on the bus!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Heading Downtown? Ride Your Bike! :-)

Traffic and parking will likely be tight
in downtown Olympia tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 21), so if you're planning to be downtown in the middle part of the day, you might consider riding your bike to get there! Or walking or riding the bus, of course...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sign up for the Winter Mini-BCC

Intercity Transit’s Winter Mini-BCC celebrates Thurston County residents of all ages and abilities who use bicycling as a means of transportation year-round. We'll hold a few random prize drawings during February, among those who sign up- it's that simple!
Anyone who lives or works in Thurston County can participate. You don't have to be employed or a student- just use your bicycle as a means of practical transportation, with at least part of your trip inside Thurston County.
Sign up online at: anytime between now and the end of February. There's no need to track your miles. You'll be asked for a brief description of your winter biking habits on the sign up form, and that's it!
The Winter Mini BCC runs for the whole month of February and includes celebration of International Winter Bike To Work Day, on Friday February 10, 2017.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WSTC Seeking Input Through 1/18

Here's an opportunity to have your voice heard:
The Washington State Transportation Commission would like to get your input on how our transportation system is working and ways to improve it. The survey is open until January 18. It includes questions about priorities for funding, like bigger highways vs. bike/ped infrastructure, and takes just a few minutes to complete.

Monday, January 9, 2017

BCC office opens for 2017

Yay, we're back in the saddle at the BCC! Next up: the Winter Mini-BCC: for the rugged Thurston County commuters who bike year-round, the "Winter Mini" runs for the month of February each year. Stay tuned here for all the info about signing up, etc., coming soon!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Shopping: Keeping it Local, Sustainable and Safe

Photo from 2012 snowstorm
Traffic and parking issues seem to get worse during the second half of December, along with the weather! You can beat all these issues and still shop locally (and support BCC sponsors!) and get around safely by riding the bus when it's too slippery to ride your bike. If you get caught in bad weather when out on your bike, remember every Intercity Transit bus has room for two bikes on the easy-loading front bike rack.

Local bike shops are having great sales events, and shopping with them and other BCC sponsors is a great way to support the BCC and ensure that our local economy thrives!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Redeem Your 2016 BCC Coupons

Happy Autumn everyone~ here's a quick reminder that most BCC Coupons expire at the end of November, so make sure you get out there and use those coupons before it's too late!  :-)

(Check individual coupons to verify the expiry date, as they are not all the same.)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

2016 BCC Final Results

  •  1853 registrations- a 16% increase over last year ALL TIME RECORD
  • 672 First Time Riders =36%
  • 1170 riders reported participation = 63%
  • Total miles ridden: 108,017
  • Average miles ridden over the month per rider: 92
  • Total round-trip commutes 14,485
  • Average number of days commuting by bike: 12
  • 54 tons CO2 prevented from entering the atmosphere.
  • 94 Teams returned Mileage Logs
  • Over 200 prize winners, including individual and team prizes.


  • 3rd Annual February WinterBCC – 198 participants.
  • Two-week School Mini-BCC 124 riders, 9 Schools.
  • The Earth Day Market Ride and registration event : over 200 participants from toddlers to 78 years old.  
  • Bike To Work Day- added Northwest-Side station for 7 total stations- estimated 300 participants.
  • Over 100 participants attended the Prize Hoopla.
  • 51 Sponsors provide many discount coupons, free passes and over 200 prizes.
  • Bicycle Drawing : 3 bikes awarded, provided by special arrangements with New Belgium Brewing & Ralph’s Thriftway, Bike Tech, Joy Ride Bikes.
  • A detailed report of the results of the contest is provided to all the relevant Jurisdictions, with participant feedback on local bicycle infrastructure.
See complete Team Results on the 2016 Team Results Page at:
Members of Team Crank IT! at the Inter-agency Bike Ride (plus a couple of interlopers)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 BCC Prize Hoopla Report

We had tons of fun and awarded many prizes- over 100 people showed up many of them went home with prizes from the generous sponsors of the BCC. We awarded over 200 prizes in the BCC this year, between individual winners and teams, plus 3 new bikes! Team standings and other BCC results coming soon...

See more photos of all our events on our Flickr page at:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bike Talk/Happy Hour Wed 6/22 in Olympia

Olympia Bike Talk Happy Hour with Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes

You have two statewide bike nonprofits working for you. What does this mean?

Come meet Barb Chamberlain, Chief Strategic Officer for Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes. Bring your questions about the merger of the two organizations and what it means for growing and improving bicycling now that both are working statewide with new roles. Bonus points for ideas for making next year's Washington Bike Summit March 20-21 a showcase of Olympia's bike-friendliness.

Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm .
Northwest Beerwerks, 420 Steele St. SE, Olympia  

Light hors d'oeuvres and a pitcher or two of social beverages provided by Cascade Bicycle Club.

Share with your friends who ride or who just want safer streets for all of us.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

BCC Status Update:

OK, no we haven't crawled under a rock- we're just under a mountain of mileage logs! Data entry, data entry, number crunching, spreadsheet merging, coupon mailing, oh my!
View of the BCC 'cockpit'

 To Date:
  • Over 1850 participants signed up this year- a new record!
  • Nearly 108,000 miles pedaled, on 14,430 trips by bike.
  • Together we prevented 54 TONS of CO2 from entering our atmosphere.

 Coupons and Prizes:
  • We've started mailing out coupons and hope to have them all in the mail (about 1200 envelopes to stuff and label) by tomorrow. 
  • We'll start doing random prize drawings first thing next week, and notify winners by email.
  • PRIZE HOOPLA! Saturday, June 25, 9:30 to 10:30am at the Olympia Farmers Market Main Stage. If you win a BCC prize, you can pick it up at the Hoopla. If you can't make it to the Hoopla, no worries, we'll mail it to you, or ask you to come and pick it up if it's too big to mail.

Friday, June 3, 2016

BCC Mileage Reporting Deadline Extended

Because we're nice, and we like you, and WE REALLY WANT YOUR BCC MILEAGE INFO, we're extending the deadline for returning your Mileage Log, or reporting your total BCC miles and days ridden online. Please return your log or report online by FRIDAY JUNE 10.


Bike Corridor Pilot Project Kickoff

On Saturday, June 11th, join The City of Olympia from 10:00 a.m. until Noon to celebrate the opening of the Bike Corridor pilot project. Pick up your passport at Lions Park before 11:00 a.m. and ride your bike along the route to 7th and Jefferson downtown. We’ll have a few stops along the way to get your passport stamped, and you can turn it in for a cupcake at the end.

7th Ave will be closed to motor vehicles between Jefferson and Adams for the celebration. There will be sidewalk chalk and bubbles, and the Artesian Rumble Arkestra will serenade everyone from 10:30 to 11:30. City staff will be on hand with a map of possible future Bike Corridor routes and will be interested in your thoughts. We hope you can come!

·         Michelle Swanson, AICP, Senior Program Specialist
·         360.753.8575

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016 Commuter Profile Number 4: David

  • What is your age, roughly speaking?  I’m 35
  • What is your occupation or area of study? I’m an Office Specialist and a full-time student at online college WGU pursuing a Bachelor’s degree of Science: IT Security, though I’m in transition mode to starting a new position as a Project Coordinator.
  • What is your most frequent destination on your bike?  So far since getting my bike in February: Work / Home / a taproom or brewery in between
  • How did you hear about the Bicycle Commuter Contest? I first heard about it about a decade ago when working for the State.
  • How many times have you participated in the Bicycle Commuter Contest? This is my 2nd.
  • What got you started riding your bike to get around (practical cycling)? At the time in 2004, my budget was tight, gas prices were high, and between my bike and a regional rail line, getting to work without using my car was the most practical way to go.  This was back east in Philly.  I’d ride Lancaster Avenue from West Philly out of town into Wayne, PA.  More accurately, I’d ride to a train that took me close to my job in Wayne, but after work, I would ride all the way home, a 14 mile trip, not caring about my sweat build-up.
  • How many years have you been getting around by bike? With years of inactivity in between, about 12.