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:
The single most important winter cycling accessory I've discovered is Bar Mitts. Even in frigid weather, I can comfortably ride and my hands stay warm. I ride a commuter with Shimano trigger shifters, and XL size Bar Mitts were necessary to prevent the shifter from hanging up on the Bar Mitts. ~from Ken

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Lo-Fi" Winter Mini BCC

Are you ready to kick the winter blues and try getting around by bike this winter? Seasoned winter cyclist already? Either way, if you live or work in Thurston County and are biking for transportation this winter, join our "Lo-Fi" Winter mini-BCC! Just email dgreen"at" and let me know you'd like to participate. Tell me a little about your commute or other practical bicycling habits and Like our Facebook page or follow this blog. I'll enter you in random drawings for some cool prizes!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stay tuned to the BCC with our quasi-monthly Newsletters!

Don't be in the dark!
Click here to see the current BCC Newsletter- check it out and join our mailing list!
We look forward to being in touch. We won't flood your inbox, or share your info with anyone.
Bike Love!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bridge The Gap Opening Photos

In case you missed the event and the photos on our Facebook page, here are a few photos from the Pacific Avenue Crossing "ribbon cutting" event, back in December. What a milestone- the gap is bridged, and now it is possible to bicycle the Chehalis-Western Trail from Woodard Bay Wildlife Preserve to Yelm or Tenino without having to cross a major arterial at grade.

Monday, January 5, 2015

BCC office opens for 2015

We're back in the saddle! The BCC office is officially open for Bicycle Commuter Contest 2015. I look forward very much to seeing you out on the roads, and hearing from you as we begin another year of celebrating practical cycling! Best wishes for the next trip around the sun from Duncan and the rest of the BCC team.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Your chance to help shape the next edition of the Thurston County Bike Map!

Riders Wanted
Help Improve the Thurston County Bike Map
July 16th | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

What: Review and comment on the Thurston County Bicycle Map, 2014 Edition
How: Attend an open House style meeting. Drop in. Share your ideas. Scribble on a map. Take a copy with you and return it with your edits later. Send us an email:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2014 BCC Overall Results Are In

Lots of number crunching going on here at BCC Central- and the preliminary results are in- it has been a good year for the BCC! Total participants: 1437 (1018 Mileage Logs returned)
Total Miles biked in May: 110,859
Total Days commuted by bike in May: 13,093
Average Miles per rider: 111
Average Days per Rider: 13

Greenhouse gases prevented: 55 tons 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Intercity Transit Hosts Dump The Pump Events

Do you know someone who could use information about transportation options or encouragement to drive less? Let them know about these fun events coming soon to a location near you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June Bike-related Events and BCC News

The BCC is heading into the Sunset for 2014, but the fun is not over yet! There's still the Prize Ceremony, and other bike-related events coming up this month.
You can still return your  
mileage log or report your
BCC participation online. Don't miss out on prizes, valuable coupons and free goodies from our awesome sponsors! Rewards Coupons are being mailed out this week.

BCC Prize Ceremony Sat, June 28, 9:30am sharp, Olympia Farmers Market Main Stage
Prizes Awarded, Bike Winners Announced, Fun for All! You need not be present to win BCC prizes, but there will also be prize drawings for those who are present

Here's an independent monthly night ride you might enjoy, organized by a BCC team captain. This Friday, 9pm, meet at the Kissing Statue
on Percival Landing

This Friday, June 13, 6:30-9:30pm
Must be 21 or older to attend.
$15 cover - pre-registration strongly recommended!
Buy tickets here:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Random Prize Drawings Begin!

Jordan R. is our first Random Prize Drawing Winner- 
Jordan won a Red Planet blinky light from Portland Design Works! More drawings coming up for everyone who returns their mileage log or reports their BCC participation online!

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Walrus and the Bike Commuter

"The time has come" the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of sun and rain and Mileage Logs,
Of prizes waiting in the wings...

Yes folks it's happened again, you've pedaled your way through the BCC, and now it's time to return your Mileage Log or report your totals online.

You can turn in your Mileage Log at the Olympia Transit Center, or mail it to BCC c/o Intercity  Transit, PO Box 659 Olympia, WA 98507-0659. Or, just click the green button at the right, and record your totals online. Those who report online will receive a coupon for $1 off the ticket price for GEARHEADS, an "Adult Swim" event at Hands On Children's Museum.

Thanks for participating in the 27th Annual Bicycle Commuter Contest!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BCC Nears Close for 2014

Only a few days left in May to ride and record your miles in the 2014 BCC! Get in a few more practical trips before the end of the month if you can, and then return your Mileage Log or record your totals at our online reporting page. Paper Mileage Logs may be returned to the Olympia Transit Center Customer Service desk, or mailed to:

BCC c/o Intercity Transit
PO Box 659
Olympia, WA 98507-0659

Please return your Mileage Log or report online by June 9, to give us time to tally all the results before our Award "Ceremony" on June 28. The earlier in June that you report your participation, the more chances you have to win in random prize drawings during June!

Monday, May 19, 2014

You Can Still Participate in the BCC!

All that is required to participate in the Thurston County Bicycle Commuter Contest is to register, ride at least ONCE for practical purposes in May, and return your Mileage Log, or report your participation online. If you do that much, we'll send you an envelope stuffed with coupons and free offers from our awsome sponsors, and enter you to win many excellent prizes, including a brand new bike! There are still almost two weeks left in May, so sign up now and give it a try!
You must live or work in Thurston County to participate, and part of your commute by bike must be within Thurston County. The online mileage reporting page has not yet been activated- coming soon!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bike To Work Day a Big Success in Thurston County!

Hundreds of people took to the streets on their bikes in Thurston County to participate in Bike To Work Day. They rode their bikes to work or other destinations, stopped at one or more of several Bike Stations, or participated in sponsored lunch hour bike rides at work. See more photos on the Thurston County Bicycle Commuter Contest Facebook Page!

Friday, May 9, 2014

National Bike To Work Day, Friday May 16

The weather is looking promising for Bike To Work Day this Friday! See our Events Page or our Facebook Event for details about what we'll be up to that day. Also, State Employees are invited to the 8th Annual Interagency Bike Ride. Register at:  And, just by the way, it's still not too late to register and participate in the Bicycle Commuter Contest! Just click the orange box and sign up!

May Moon Cycle Ride coming up...

Check out this fun, grassroots bike ride,
 by the light of the full Flower Moon!

Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 BCC Has Begun

There is still time to register for the 2014 Bicycle Commuter Contest, just click the orange box on the right. The sooner you register, the sooner you'll get your discount coupons for local bike shops, and the more chances you'll have to win in random prize drawings held throughout May!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lacey Bike Fair and Rodeo This Saturday

Lacey Parks and Recreation presents the  Lacey Community Bike Fair and Rodeo is this Saturday, May 3rd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Mountain View Elementary School (1900 College St SE, Lacey). This is a FREE event and registration is the same day. There will be free helmets, prize drawings, free hotdog lunch for participants, entertainment, arts and crafts, plus much more.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Register for the BCC at Capitol Campus Bike Fair

State Employees working on or near the East Capitol Campus: there is a Bicycle Commuter Fair tomorrow from 11-1 in the North lobby of OB2, ground level. You can register there for the BCC! There will be a bike fashion show, a representative from local bike shops giving a flat repair demo, and lots of great info on getting around by bike. Hope to see you there!