Even in the pandemic, May is STILL Bike Month!
In fact, bicycling was one of the first outdoor activities sanctioned as safe by public health officials. It’s a great way to get moving and get some fresh air if you are symptom-free and not exposed to COVID-19.
Sequim is a world-class area for bicycling and Sequim Bicycle Alliance hopes everyone here will celebrate that! Please follow this simple guidance to stay safe in 2021:
- Ride solo or with your family.
- The ODT is open and inviting you to share the trail with care: A. Maintain your distance. B. Avoid congested locations. C. If you encounter others, pull up a mask or scarf for your sake and theirs.
- Remember that trails and sidewalks may have inexperienced riders testing their skills!
- Plan your ride to avoid bathroom stops—for safety, some may still be closed.
If you’re getting back on your bike after a while, this video from the League of American Bicyclists has some great tips!!
Activities in 2021
Closures and opportunities are changing rapidly so watch Facebook @SequimCycling and this webpage for updates! #BikeSunnySequim #BikeMonth @SequimCycling
- Pull family and friends together for Bike Month Bingo - download the Bingo card here and mark off progress until you get a complete row!
- Saturday Market Days: Sequim Bike Works will have a raffle fundraiser to go along with free demonstrations of bike maintenance and repairs and basic bike safety checks. Standard social distancing and mask requirements will apply.
- Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.: Socially-distanced and Safe Ride the ODT to Sequim Bay State Park and back. Meet at the Civic Center Plaza, on the west side along Cedar St.
- Monday, May 17, 4:00 p.m.: The City’s Parks, Arbor, and Recreation Board will meet online and be happy to hear from the cycling community with ideas, opportunities, and concerns regarding bicycling in the City. Online meeting link and agenda at https://www.sequimwa.gov/219/Parks-Arbor-and-Recreation-Board
- Friday, May 21, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.: National “Bike to Work (or ANYWHERE) Day” – morning commuters get a free cup of coffee courtesy Rainshadow Coffee and Café, 157 W. Cedar. Standard social distancing and mask requirements apply.
- Friday, May 28, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Sequim Wheelers will host a Meet and Greet at Carrie Blake Park, behind the Guy Cole Center at the covered pavilion (look for picnic tables). Standard social distancing and mask requirements apply.
- Make up your own scavenger hunt, such as ride to all the totem poles in the area and try to name the carved figures from top to bottom (Ben’s Bikes has info on a "totem trail"). Or count the "Olympic Discovery Trail" signs along your favorite stretch of the ODT.
- You like a friendly challenge? Join or create a team for the Bike Everywhere Challenge 2021. Post photos on Facebook @SequimCycling or Strava @TakeASpinInSequim. Be sure to use #BikeSunnySequim and #SequimCycling
- Local Strava clubs include @SequimBikeWorks, @TakeASpinInSequim, @Ben'sBikesSequim, @PortAngelesLikesBikes
- Regular Rides happen almost every day of the year. See the Sequim Bike Alliance page.
- Work parties on the Olympic Discovery Trail are likely to be scheduled this summer - check their link.
- The annual Bike Rodeo for kids may be rescheduled for later in 2020. Activities include safety inspections, bike courses, and a celebration for all participants. Watch for announcements from the Olympic Peninsula Bicycling Alliance (www.olympicpeninsulacycling.com) or contact Jeanie Robards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The ever-popular annual Bike Swap Meet may be rescheduled. Watch Facebook and Instagram @SequimCycling for details.
Bike Month events are coordinated by members of the Sequim Bicycle Alliance, generally with special support and contributions from City of Sequim, Olympic Peninsula Bicycling Alliance, Sequim School District, Pedego Sequim, Ben’s Bikes, and Rainshadow Coffee and Cafe. #sequimcycling #bikesunnysequim