May is National Bike Month

Bay Area biker
Joey Kotfica

May is National Bike Month – also known as Bike to Wherever Days – and there’s no better time to hit the road on two wheels.

Celebrations kick off this week on Wednesday, May 4, with National Bike & Roll to School Day events across the Bay Area. Check with your school to find out about group rides and other activities. (There may even be goodie bags for students who ride.)

MTC funds Safe Routes to School programs, which feature safe walking and biking education for children and families. MTC also works with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Spare the Air Youth, which encourages Bay Area students and their families to walk, ride, carpool or take transit to school.

And for the grownups, Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20. When COVID-19 hit the Bay Area and many people were working from home, Bike to Work Day pivoted to Bike to Wherever Days. Visit the Bike to Wherever Days website for Energizer Station maps (for freebies and snacks) and other resources to help you bike to work.

MTC is a sponsor of Bike to Wherever Days and also funds the Bay Area’s “Forward” commute programs to relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality. The RSR Rides program is part of the Richmond-San Rafael Forward initiative, and features regular group rides on and around the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The next RSR ride will be on Friday, May 20, from the Richmond BART station to the San Rafael transit center.

New to riding? Check out your local bike coalition for learn-to-ride classes:

MTC helps cities and counties establish safer riding spaces, known as Slow Streets. Learn more, and get out and ride this month!

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