By Martin Su
Its spring time in the northwest and that means its time to dust off our bikes and enjoy this green mode of transportation and exercise.
Have your kids out grown their bicycle over the winter? Do you have a bike that is no longer being used or a broken bicycle that needs repair? Let us introduce you to a community recycling partner, Bike Works, a Seattle based nonprofit organization that has saved over 9,000 bikes from the landfill since 2010. Bike Works helps build sustainable and healthy communities through youth development, community engagement, bicycle recycling and a social enterprise bike shop. Donated bikes are tuned up for reuse or striped for useful parts by volunteers. Unusable parts are sent to artists for a chance at a second life, and scrap metal is hauled by CleanScapes for recycling. Bicycles not purchased locally are donated through a bike aid program to villages in Africa.
Our local drop off location for Bike Works is the CleanScapes store and customer service center located in Gilman Village. There you will find refurbished kids bikes from Bike Works for sale and you can donate your used bikes during store hours Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday from Noon-5pm.
May is National Bike Month in the US and was started in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage people to ride bikes to work and school. This year, hop on your bike and join the national celebration by choosing to bike to work or school and participating in some of the events we have around town.
Here are a few local bike events:
- May 1-31st: Commute Challenge (bike to work) http://commutechallenge.cascade.org/.
- May 4th: Streets and Beets – Seattle-area bike ride is a fund-raiser for Alleycat Acres http://sustainableballard.org/wiki/Streets_and_Beets.
- May 5th: Seattle Brews Cruise – A 30-mile round-trip ride from Seattle to Kent and back. Starts at Schooner Exact in SoDo district and heads to Airways Brewing Co. http://blog.cascade.org/2013/01/seattle-brews-cruise/.
- May 8th: Bike to School Day http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/.
- May 10th: Bellevue Bike Appreciation Day. Bikers be on the look out! Choose Your Way Bellevue staff will be in and around downtown giving away awesome prizes to people on their bikes. http://www.chooseyourwaybellevue.org/events?CLmdefault=5&CLydefault=2013.
- May 11th- CleanScapes Kids Bike Rodeo- 11am-2pm at the CleanScapes Store and Customer Service Center in Gilman Village. Join CleanScapes, Bike Works and Compass Outdoor Adventures for the following fun activities: helmet fitting, bike safety and handling, fix a flat, local Adventure Geo-cache by bike. Bring your used bikes for donation and earn a chance to win a variety of prizes. http://firstname.lastname@example.org
- May 11th: Spring Classic Bike Ride – Based in Skagit County. http://www.skagitspringclassic.org/.
- May 11th: Women’s Living the Dream Ride — A brand new ride in Snohomish. Options of 18, 24, 36 and 62 miles. Limit of 500 riders. http://www.livingthedreamride.org/.
- May 11th: Tour de Cure, Marymoor Park, Redmond – Four bike routes from 15 to 100 miles (all the way to Granite Falls). http://diabetes.org/seattletourdecure.
- May 15th: Ride of Silence — A series of memorial bike rides across the US that commemorates bicycle riders who have died in traffic. All the rides start at 7pm local time. Check the Ride of Silence schedule for rides in your area. http://www.rideofsilence.org/locations-domestic.php?s=WA#WA.
- May 17th: Bike to Work Day — Ride your bicycle to work or school. Sponsored in Seattle and Puget Sound region by Cascade Bicycle Club and Starbucks. Celebrate bicycle commuting as thousands of your friends, neighbors and co-workers take to the streets by bike. Gerk’s Cycle of Issaquah will have their booth set up under the freeway of I-90 highway and the Lake Sammamish trail! Their location is not on the interactive map, but be sure to stop and say hi and get free bananas, water, and a quick fix if needed. http://www.cbcef.org/btw/btw_day.html.
- May 17th: Redmond Bike Bash, 4-7pm starting at Redmond City Hall – 15670 NE 85th Street Redmond 98052 and running along the Sammamish River Trail. FREE! Live Band, food and drink samples, chair massage, photo booth, maps and commuting information. Party details at www.goRTRIP.com.
- May 18th: Haul Ash – 2013 Redhook Brewery sponsors this ride from its facility in Woodinville to Fremont (and back) to commemorate the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. About 42 miles. After-party at the brewery. Proceeds benefit Bike Works. Online pre-registration is closed; registration at 8 a.m. at the event. http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2012/05/18/redhook-brewery-remembers-mt-st-helens-with-haul-ash-bike-ride/.
- May 27th: 7 Hills of Kirkland – The 11th annual bicycle challenge to benefit KITH, a non-profit organization that provides transitional housing for the homeless. http://7hillskirkland.org/
- June 8th: The Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival from 9:00AM – 9:00 PM http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php