Seattle Parks invites community to take the Bike Month Challenge

Celebrate Bike Month this May and commute or recreate on two wheels.

Celebrate Bike Month this May and commute or recreate on two wheels.

May is Bike to Work Month and Seattle Parks and Recreation staff would like the community to join them on their mission to commute more on two wheels.

Bike Month is a 31-day push for people to ride their bikes to work, on errands or just for fun. Biking is a low-cost, eco-friendly way to travel. It’s been proven to reduce stress and provides low-impact exercise.

Cascade Bicycle Club hosts a Bike Month Challenge website where individuals, companies and teams can compete against one another in a free, online trip-tracking contest. According to the website, more than 2,400 people started riding for the first time during Bike Month in 2014, and this year, joining the effort is even easier.

Pronto! Cycle Share has 50 stations throughout the city, and new bicycle infrastructure has made commuting safer and more convenient. Plus, Bicycle Sundays start Sunday, May 3.

Seattle Parks has many parks with bike trails and maintains the Burke-Gilman Trail in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation and the University of Washington.

In 2014, Seattle Parks’ participating staff logged 266 bike trips and pedaled 4,132.8 miles during the Bike Month Challenge. This year, the department hopes to travel even farther.

Ready to pedal? Share your Bike Month adventures, photos, favorite rides and tips with us on Twitter at @seattleparks.