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!  :-)