Thursday, May 30, 2013

Last Day to Record Your Miles!

Friday, May 31 is the LAST DAY to ride and record your miles in the 2013 Thurston County Bicycle Commuter Contest!  We sure hope you've enjoyed your month of practical cycling, in spite of the soggy second half of May. Keep on pedaling through the summer and you might like it so much you'll just keep going all year.

Remember to return your Mileage Log by June 7 to be eligible to win a NEW BIKE and other great prizes! 
PO BOX 659
OLYMPIA, WA 98507-0659

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Just a Few Days Left to Record Your Miles

Friday is the LAST DAY to record your miles and days ridden on your BCC Mileage Log! Now's the time to get a few more practical rides in while its still May. Yes, there are some showers in the forecast, but don't let that get you down- it's still fun to ride and be outside!  Remember to return your Mileage Log next week- you could win a bike and other prizes even if you only rode once in May!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

SO close to record-breaking participation!

The BCC is going great this year! We are THIS close to besting our own record for participation, set back in 2009. Yes, the "official" deadline for registering for the BCC has passed, but what the heck, let's extend the deadline and get a few more folks signed up- we need about 50 more people to best our previous record. The only commitment is to ride your bike for practical purposes once in May, and return your Mileage Log. Robust participation in the BCC is a message in itself, that bicycling is a viable and valuable means of transportation. If you or a friend (who live or work in Thurston County WA) have not yet registered, do sign up now- just click on the yellow button at the right side of the page!

BCC 2013 Mini-Contest #1: WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!

We have our lucky winners in our first Mini-contest of the year- so hold the emails until next time- we'll have more mini-contests soon, both here and on our Facebook Page - stay tuned!

Here are the rules (wow, so many rules!)...
  1. Be registered in the BCC.
  2. Join the BCC blog, or "Like" our Facebook page.
  3. Answer the question below.
  4. Email the correct answer to: dgreen"at"
  5. Wait for a reply from me with your "winner's code" to collect your prize.
  6. Collect your prize at the Olympia Transit Center
(you can click on the image to see it bigger)

Answer the question: What two BCC sponsors are across the street from each other at this location?

For bonus points: Which of the two vehicles in this photo can carry ten times its own weight?

Send your answers by email to:

The first three people to email with the correct answer will win a prize!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bike To Work Day Activities a Success!

JoyRideBikes and Batdorf&Bronson Bike Station
This year's Bike To Work Day activities were a great success and lots of fun! there were 5 "Bike Stations" in different locations all over town for the morning commute, and over 200 practical cyclists stopped by to visit and have a coffee or a scone and pick up a bike map or get a quick repair on their bike. There were small gifts and big smiles for all!

The 7th Annual Inter-Agency Bike Ride went off without a hitch, or as organizer Mark Longrie put it, "Seven years with no rain and no wrecks!" What more can you ask for? Well, Washington State's new Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson showed up on her bike and made a rousing speech about removing barriers to alternate modes of transportation, that's what!
Inter-Agency Bike Ride Group Photo

Old Town Bikes and Olympia Coffee Roasters Bike Station

Intercity Transit's contingent for the Inter-Agency Ride

Monday, May 13, 2013

National Bike-To-Work Day this Friday, May 17!

We appreciate you riding your bike to work, school or on any practical trip!
Visit one of the FIVE Bike Commuter Stations around town on your morning commute this Friday and let us show our appreciation.
Our awesome Local Bike Shops will be hosting the  stations with a bike mechanic on hand, bike maps, coffee, and possibly a few treats and trinkets to give away. Your miles on this day count double on your BCC Mileage Log. Plus, if you are registered in the BCC, enter your name on the list at the Bike Station to be included in a drawing for a prize!

Bike Station Locations, 7am - 9am, Friday, May 17:
  • 5th Ave & Sylvester St. in Heritage Park
  • Woodland Trail trail-head at Eastside St.
  • Ralph's Thriftway, 1908 4th Ave E.
  • Intersection of Chehalis-Western and I-5 Bike Trails (South end of I-5 overpass)
  • South Sound Running, 3409 Capitol Blvd SE, near Custer Way
You're welcome to visit as many of the Bike Stations as you like, but if you visit more than one, please don't hog the BCC swag; thanks for your understanding! :-)

THANKS TO THE AWESOME SPONSORS helping to host the Bike Stations:
  • Bike Tech
  • Bike Stand
  • Joy Ride Bikes
  • Deschutes River Cyclery
  • Old Town Bicycles
  • Batdorf and Bronson Coffee
  • Olympia Coffee Roasters
  • Ralph's Thriftway
  • South Sound Running
  • Thurston Here-to-There

Friday, May 3, 2013

There is Still Time to Register For BCC 2013!

Registration for the Bicycle Commuter Contest is open and the "official" deadline to register is Friday, May 10. You can register online by clicking the big yellow button at the right side of the page, or in person at the Olympia Transit Center, 222 State Ave NE, in downtown Olympia. Open until 7pm daily.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It's Bike Month: Bicycle Commuter Contest Begins Today!

May is National Bike Month and groups, organizations, clubs and cities all over the country are celebrating, advocating, and getting out on their bikes by the millions. Here at the Thurston County Bicycle Commuter Contest, we've been doing all of those things each May for 26 years. We sure hope you'll join us!

Register now for the BCC and receive a cool reflective sticker and a packet of valuable discount coupons at most of our Local Bike Shops. Return your Mileage Record at the end of May and receive more coupons from many of our local business sponsors, and be entered to win a new bike and many other excellent prizes!

Simply click on the yellow button at the right side of the page and fill in the blanks! If you would prefer to register in person you may do so at the Olympia Transit Center downtown.

Happy Bike Month, and Happy Biking!