May is Bike Month: Washington Round-up


Anacortes School District’s Mt Erie Elementary, Island View Elementary and Anacortes Middle School are participating in National Bike to School Day on May 8. They are also kicking off a one-month Walk & Wheel Challenge to encourage students to walk and bike everywhere, every day.

Cowlitz County

Cowlitz on the Move is organizing Bike to Work Week, May 13-17. Visit their website or the Cowlitz BikesFacebook page for more details.

King and Snohomish Counties

riderCascade Bicycle Club organizes a month-long Commute Challenge for bicyclists in King and Snohomish Counties. The club also does a big splash for Bike to Work Day, May 17, with rallies and commuter stations scattered around the region.

Mount Vernon

Bike Mount Vernon, the City of Mount Vernon, and Mount Vernon Downtown Association have partnered together to put on Bike to Work Week, May 13-17. Check the MVDA website for a list of activities.

Pierce County

Pierce County residents can participate in the Bike Commuter Challenge, sponsored by the Tacoma Wheelmen Bicycle Club and Tacoma Bike, the entire month of May. In addition to the commuter challenge, the Pierce Trips Bike Month calendar is chock full of events for bicyclists of all ages and abilities!


Spokane celebrates Bike to Work Week May 1 –19. There are events and a week-long commute challenge organized by Spokane Bikes. Weather permitting, Bicycle Alliance board member Marc Mims will lead a ride from Spokane Valley to the Kick-off Breakfast in downtown Spokane on May 13.

Thurston County

We think the Bicycle Commuter Contest in Thurston County, which began in 1988, is the granddaddy of the bike challenges in Washington! The contest runs the entire month of May, features bike stations on Bike to Work Day (May 17), and holds an awards ceremony in June on the Olympia Farmers Market main stage.


Three Rivers Bicycle Coalition is organizing a Bike Month Bike Challenge to encourage more folks in the Tri-Cities region (Kennewick-Richland-Pasco) to get on their bike and ride.


The good folks in Vancouver delay their Bike to Work Week to the fairer month of June, and will celebrate Bike to Work Week June 17-21. Check the City’s Cycling Vancouver page for current information.

Walla Walla

A bike to work contest is rolled into the Earth Week Green Travel Challenge underway now, April 21-27. This challenge is open to area businesses, schools, churches, agencies and organizations. The Challenge is organized by Sustainable Walla Walla.


Bike Month is getting to be a bigger deal in Wenatchee! Bicyclists can log their miles in a commute challenge, stop at an appreciation station on Bike to Work Day for coffee and treats, Ride With the Mayor on May 17, and more. Check Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council’s Bike to Work page for the latest information.

Whatcom County

Whatcom County is celebrating its 16th annual Bike to Work and School Day on May 17. Celebration stations will be sprinkled around Bellingham and Whatcom County. Check the everybody BIKE calendarfor other planned Bike Month activities.

Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island Bicycle Club is organizing Most Miles in May contest as a Bike Month event. Participants can track miles ridden on the WIBC website. Prizes will be awarded to adults and students. The club is also planning Bike to Work and School activities. Check their website for the latest information.