Bike Month 2016

Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20, 2016!  

Bike to Work Day is a nationally recognized event celebrated annually on the third Friday in May. Since May is National Bike Month, San Diegans have opportunities to GO by BIKE all month long. Bike Month 2016 supports biking as a viable, environmentally friendly, cost-saving commute choice. With thousands of miles of bikeways in the San Diego region, biking gets you where you need to go. Make biking to work your new normal. 

Register for Bike to Work Day. Discover biking to work! Join thousands of commuters throughout the San Diego region as we GO by BIKE on the morning of Friday, May 20. When you register for Bike to Work Day, you can pick up a free t-shirt* at one of 100 pit stops throughout San Diego County from 6 to 9 a.m. Register now for Bike to Work Day!  
*Participants must show proof of registration to be eligible for a free t-shirt. Registration does not guarantee receipt of a t-shirt or availability of a preferred size. 

Register by April 30 to be automatically entered to win a $450 gift card from Bicycle Warehouse. If you register AND log your Bike to Work Day trip by May 20 using the iCommute TripTracker tool, you’ll be entered to win our second $450 gift card giveaway! For more information, view the Sweepstakes Official Rules

Bike to Work Day pit stop map now available.
 A total of 101 pit stops are planned, which will be open from 6 to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016 for anyone who registers. Pit stops offer fun breaks for new and experienced bike riders to rest and pick up a FREE t-shirt, snacks, and encouragement. For a list of the Bike to Work 2016 pit stop locations, check out the pit stop map.

Get social. 
We’re hosting a Facebook promotion to vote for your favorite Bike to Work Day commuter, commuter group, and pit stop. To participate, share a Bike to Work Day photo on Friday, May 20 on our @iCommuteSD Facebook page. Use #BTWDcommuter, #BTWDcommutergroup, or #BTWDpitstop to let us know which category you would like to enter. iCommute will post an album with all entries on our Facebook page on Monday, May 23. The photo with the most likes and loves in each category by Friday, May 27 will win a prize package! Get creative – decorate your bike, coordinate a theme with coworkers, or create a photo collage. For more details, view the Official Rules of the promotion.

Bike to Work Day weather and safety. In the interest of participant safety, the SANDAG iCommute program reserves the right to postpone, reschedule, or cancel Bike to Work Day due to dangerous or inclement weather conditions, which may include but are not limited to: earthquake, fire, lightning, hail, heavy rain, or natural disaster. In the event of dangerous or inclement weather conditions on May 20, 2016, Bike to Work Day may be postponed to the following Friday, May 27. The SANDAG iCommute program will make every attempt to announce a postponement at least 48 hours in advance. All registered participants will be notified via email regarding any event postponement or cancellation. Potential Bike to Work Day participants are strongly encouraged to register online prior to the event to ensure receipt of important event announcements. 

2016 GO by BIKE Mini-Grant program. In support of National Bike Month in May, the SANDAG iCommute program offered grants of up to $3,000 for programs that educate, promote, and encourage biking as a viable transportation choice. Ten organizations were selected to receive funding in 2016. Funded mini-grant activities will take place between April 1 and June 15, 2016. You can view the list of 2016 GO by BIKE Mini-Grant program recipients or visit the events calendar to find an event in your area. All events are open to the public, and attendance is highly encouraged!

Bike to Work classes and events.
 Employers - get your employees ready for Bike to Work Day by taking advantage of FREE bike services offered by iCommute. Register for a free, on-site bike education class to get employees comfortable with riding. Participating employees can even receive free mobile bike tune-ups. Registration is now open, and classes are on a first-come, first-served basis.

GO by BIKE all year long. The fun isn't just on Bike to Work Day! With more than 1,340 miles of bikeways in the San Diego region, you can get almost anywhere by riding a bike. Check out plans for new bikeways at GObyBIKEsd.com. iCommute can help you get started with riding tips, information about taking your bike on transitbike safety tips, and more. Chart your course using our San Diego Regional Bike Map.

For additional information, call 511 and say “iCommute” or email biking@sandag.org.

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