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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Last Few Days to Ride in the BCC!

Make sure to keep logging your practical bicycle trips on your BCC Mileage Log!  You'll need to report your trips first thing in June-     There are two ways to do this- see options below.

 This year's New Belgium Cruiser ~ you could win this bike
or one of several other bikes from local bike shops- IF you report your trips!

Options for Reporting Your Trips: 
  • Return your Mileage Log in person at the Olympia Transit Center, or by mail (address on Mileage Log), OR:
  • Report your total days and miles online (instructions below).
You may report your BCC participation online (in fact it saves us work!). Our online system only allows you to enter your TOTAL days and miles ridden, ONE time. So, make sure you wait until the end of May to use it, unless you're sure you won't be biking anymore in May. Here's the link:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 Commuter Profile Number 3 - Victoria

When I started as an Employee Transportation coordinator I had no interest in becoming involved in the Bicycle Commuter Contest. I did ‘poke’ at folks I knew at work that did some riding to see if they were going to form a team. But me-join a team and bike? Got to be kidding! I didn’t own a bike, had not ridden in years, too old (60)-besides 9 miles one way was-crazy! Eventually a team did form, acquired a name and enough attitude to ask me ‘why?’ Why wasn’t I putting ‘my money where my mouth was’. My spouse started riding-and I gave in. I acquired a ‘recycle’ from Craig’s list, gave it some TLC and signed up for the 2013 contest. My work group jumped in-paid my registration fee, took pictures, had breakfast for me on the first day. Included was a giant (really!) chart complete with a 100 mile goal (Holy cow!) After watching my charted progress I was hooked. I checked the bike map and rode various routes for time on my off days. I’ve continued riding since that point going to other bike events in the area. Tips and tricks? If you don’t own a bike decide first what type riding you want to do-then try out different bikes. Purchase a GOOD bike from a reputable source. Have the bike ‘fitted’ to you. Buy riding gear-it helps when you are comfortable (jeans and shorts aren’t the best for longer distances). Don’t forget safety! Lights, reflectors, a bright color shirt/jacket. If you are riding to work check your route while actually riding. You’ll become more aware of possible hazards and how to adjust.  Talk to other cyclists! I like riding even in the not so wonderful Pacific Northwest weather. Staying fit keeps you healthy and happy. You can join a riding group or go with friends-Great way to socialize.


Monday, May 16, 2016

National Bike to Work Day: This Friday, May 20

 Visit one of our 7 Bike Stations!
Join fellow bicyclists for a fun day of riding on National Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20. The event promotes bicycling as a healthy transportation option. If you participate, visit one of the bike stations along your way and pick up some “fuel” for you, and even get minor repairs done by a bicycle mechanic at some stations. Bike stations supported by Intercity Transit and the local businesses and organizations listed below. All stations will have copies of the most recent edition of the free Thurston County Bike Map!

Visit a bike station at one of the following locations from 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Friday, May 20:

New Station for 2016: Division St NW at Bowman Ave. (NE corner), Sponsored by The Evergreen State College Master of Environmental Studies program and Office of Sustainability, with support from Blue Heron Bakery.

Heritage Park on 5th Ave. (next to Capitol Lake), sponsored by Old Town Bikes, Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters and The Bread Peddler.

Olympia Woodland Trail Entrance on Eastside St. at Wheeler Ave., sponsored by Stevenson Custom Bicycles, Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters and The Bread Peddler.

Ralph’s Thriftway (1908 4th Ave. E.), sponsored by Ralph’s, Bike Tech, and Batdorf and Bronson

Chehalis Western Trail (CWT) and Woodland Trail Intersection (south end of new CWT bridge over Pacific Ave, sponsored by Joy Ride Bikes, Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters and The Bread Peddler.

Capitol Boulevard and Custer Way, in front of South Sound Running, sponsored by Deschutes River Cyclery, Thurston Here-To-There program, Olympia Coffee Roasters and The Bread Peddler.

Decatur St "Cut-Through" at south end of Decatur St. SW:
Sponsored by SWONA (Southwest Olympia Neighborhood Assn.), Bagel Brothers and Olympia Coffee Roasters.  This station ONLY, will be open 6:30am -9 am.

If you work at a State or Local Agency, participate in the Interagency Bike Ride on this day. Look for a poster at your office, or see your Employee Transportation Coordinator for details.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Earth Day Market Ride FUN!

What a perfect day we had for the Earth Day Market Ride this year! Over 160 riders took part, 5 lucky winners got prizes,and we all had fun! Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it happen, to Olympia City Council-member and Intercity Transit Authority Board Member Clark Gilman for the cheer, and our event sponsors Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters and San Francisco Street Bakery. Our next big event is National Bike To Work Day, Friday, May 20.
Remember to log your miles, and if you haven't signed up for the BCC yet, it's not too late!
Click the button on the right to sign up now!  :-)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Earth Day Market Ride

Saturday, April 30, 2016
(stay tuned here or on our Facebook page for any other last-minute details)

Meet neighbors, enjoy a Saturday bike ride into town and get a head start on your BCC miles while you're at it! The miles you ride this day can count as your first commute trip on your mileage log. The Earth Day Market Ride is also a great opportunity to gain confidence riding with traffic and meet other riders in your neighborhood.

Volunteer leaders will lead groups of riders from their neighborhoods to Heritage Park Fountain, arriving at around 10:45am. (Coffee, juice and pastries await, courtesy of Batdorf and Bronson, and San Francisco St Bakery). Meet your neighborhood Ride Leader at one of the neighborhood meeting points- meeting points shown below. You'll bike with your group down to the fountain (across from the Oyster House restaurant), following all rules of the road. After a welcome by Intercity Transit Authority representative Clark Gilman, a little prize drawing and a group photo, we all proceed to the Olympia Farmers Market. Once we arrive, you can register for the Bicycle Commuter Contest, catch some great live music and enjoy the food and shopping at the Market!

We ride by the rules of the road. A bicycle is a vehicle on the road, and we'll be obeying all traffic signals even if it means splitting up the group. We can always regroup. Helmet and liability waiver are required.

Earth Day Market Ride meeting points and times: (subject to change- check back before heading out to your ride)

NEW RIDE for 2016:
Lions Park parking area on Wilson St.
(to follow part of the route of the new Bike Corridor)
Meet at 10:15, depart at 10:30
Leaders: Sayre, Jasper and Chris 

NEW RIDE for 2016:
Madison Elementary School (a more family-friendly starting point and route)
Legion and Boundary
Meet up at 10am, depart 10:20 a.m.

Cutters Point Coffee
Lacey Boulevard and Pacific Avenue roundabout.
Meet at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, with Leader: YOGI
Depart at 10
Meet more riders at South Sound Center flagpoles at Sleater-Kinney and the I-5 bike path. Leave there at 10:15 a.m.

South Sound Center Flagpoles at Sleater-Kinney and the I-5 bike path.
Meet up at 10am, depart 10:15 a.m. with group from Cutters Point Coffee
Leader: RUSS

Olympia High School
Meet at bike racks on Carlyon Ave side of school (NW corner of school bldg).
Meet up at 10am, depart 10:15 a.m.
Leaders: PAUL and LEE

Roosevelt School parking lot, across from Bakery
San Francisco Avenue and Bethel Street, NE.
Meet up at 10am, depart 10:15 a.m.
Leaders: JESSICA B and DAVID

The Evergreen State College
Meet in the center of Red Square.
Meet up at 9:45am, depart 10 a.m.
Leader: LINDA

Garfield Elementary School
Garfield Avenue and Plymouth Street NW.
Meet up at 10:15am, depart at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Green Bike Team's Capitol Grand Fondo, Sunday, May 1

The Green Bike Team is offering a $25 discount for BCC participants to ride in their 'Capitol Grand Fondo' ride on Sunday, May 1. This is a Recreational/Fitness type of ride, and therefore your miles would not count towards your BCC total, but it sounds like fun anyway! Find out more about the Green Bike Team at, and find out more and sign up for the Capitol Grand Fondo at BCC participants register with the code CGF2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

2016 Commuter Profile #2: Andrea!

What is your age, roughly speaking? 46   

What is your occupation or area of study? I have my own business, Human Resources consulting, recruiting and training.

What is your most frequent destination on your bike? Hard to pick just one…library, downtown Farmer’s Market, West side Farmer’s Market, and Coop are probably the top 4.

How did you hear about the Bicycle Commuter Contest? I moved here in 2011 and heard about it soon after…probably on a flyer at the library.

How many times have you participated in the Bicycle Commuter Contest? This is my 3rd year.

What got you started riding your bike to get around (practical cycling)? I used to ride my bike for exercise and training for a triathlon…that was over 10 years ago. Then I had a kid and put my bike away in the garage and kind of forgot about it. I lived in Seattle and thought bike riding in the traffic looked terrifying. Moving to Olympia made me believe I could do it again. The drivers are much more friendly and aware of bikers, and it’s so much easier to navigate this area. I went to Deschutes Cyclery thinking I might need to buy a new ‘commuter’ bike…and I met Adam, who helped me tune up my old bike and make it more errand friendly by adding things like bike racks and fenders. Since I work from home, I use my bike to run errands and commute to client meetings. When I heard about BCC I realized I could participate by choosing to use my bike for any errands less than 5 miles. This year I’ve started a team called “Roaming Home” and I hope other cyclists who work from home will join me. (Editor's note: To join Andrea's Roaming Home team, simply include that team name in the provided space on your sign-up form, whether online or on the paper form)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

TCAT Hosts Bike Commuting Forum Tonight, April 14

How to: Commute by Bicycle
free and open to everyone

Learn about:
•      Making the transition to bike commuting.
•      Choosing the right equipment.
•      What Olympia is doing to be more bike friendly.
•      How bike commuting helps the planet.
•      Tools to plan your route.
•      And other great resources.

Thursday April 14th 7 pm
Traditions Fair Trade Café
300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501
Sponsored by: Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mid-April BCC Update

Registration for the 29th Annual BCC is off to a great start- over 500 people have signed up already! If you are one of them, thanks for signing up. If not, there's still plenty of time, but why not sign up now? It's free, it's fun, and everyone wins, with coupons, free passes and pretty decent odds of winning a prize! Any practical trip by bike counts in the BCC. We have a lofty goal this year- we want to boost participation  to record levels- help us reach 2000 participants, and be a Vehicle For Change!
Sign Up Free Online Now

Upcoming Events

Sustainability Fair ~ Thursday, April 14 ~ 1500 Jefferson Bldg.

11am~1pm Front Plaza and Presentation Room
Find us at our table with Intercity Transit  to sign up for the BCC in person! Many other vendors with info about other sustainable lifestyle choices will be there too!

Earth Day Market Ride ~ Sat. April 30
Mark your calendar for the 30th and come out for the Earth Day Market Ride! Join friends old and new, in your own neighborhood. Pedal to the Heritage Park Fountain for coffee and pastries, and then we'll all ride to the Farmers Market to enjoy the shopping, music and fun! We'll have a tent set up at the market where you can sign up for the BCC, too. Get up-to-the-minute details and neighborhood ride starting points on our blog or Facebook page the week of the event.

Bicycle Commuter Profile volunteers wanted!
One of the most popular aspects of the BCC blog is our Commuter Profiles. Each year we like to share the stories of at least a handful of people who have made a habit of getting around by bike. We've only had one volunteer so far in 2016- won't you share your story with us? You don't have to be a 'cyclist', or have all the fancy gear. We like to feature anyone who uses their bicycle for transportation, to encourage others to try it too! Take a look at some of our past profiles, and drop me a line at: dgreen'at' if you're willing to be a bike transportation star!

All Sizes of BCC T-shirts available now
Our ship(ment) finally came in!  ;-)
All sizes of our t-shirts are available now at Olympia Transit Center. Get yours while they last- only $10 each!