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Bike to Work on May 15

Celebrating Bike to Work Day on May 15 is as easy as 1-2-3. Commit to biking one day, on two wheels, for three reasons: exercise, environment and economy.

Snohomish County Bike to Work events through the month of May give first-time bike commuters, die-hard regulars and fair weather cyclists a chance to ride and celebrate together. Event organizers encourage creative ways to incorporate biking into your daily commute such as combining biking and busing, biking to your carpool or vanpool or even driving part of the way (up hills of course) and biking the rest.

To help people feel comfortable biking to work, there’s a free Bike Commuting Basics Class from 5:30-8:30 p.m., May 13, at Community Transit’s Kasch Park offices in Everett. Register or get more information by calling 425-348-2304 or emailing biketowork@commtrans.org.

National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 15. Celebration Stations in Snohomish County and Bothell offer riders a pit stop on the way to their destination as well as a Bike to Work safety blinker, snacks, free bike safety checks and local bike maps. This year, there is a new station near the Edmonds Ferry, at Brackett’s Landing Park, along with stations at the Lynnwood Transit Center, University of Washington Bothell, Everett Station, Boeing Everett, Marysville’s Comeford Park and McCollum Park in Mill Creek.

Bike to Work Day is the kickoff for the Snohomish County Bike Commute Challenge, presented by Group Health May 11-June 12. The challenge is to continue leaving your car at home at least once a week and get in the healthy commuting habit. Organize a team of co-workers or friends and participants can earn bike socks, win dinner at Buca di Beppo or pedal their way to the “biking-est new commuters” prize. Team captains earn a Snohomish County Bike to Work t-shirt and the satisfaction of helping people rediscover the joy of riding a bicycle.

Snohomish County Bike to Work events are funded by Community Transit, Everett Transit, Group Health, Snohomish County, Harvy’s Bike Shop and many other community partners.

Community Transit strives to help Puget Sound commuters think transit first. With the region’s first bus rapid transit line — Swift, and the four-story Mountlake Terrace parking garage that opened this year, the agency is a leader in finding new ways to make alternative transportation an attractive option. Call Community Transit at 425-353-RIDE or 800-562-1375 for bus information, or 888-814-1300 for carpool or vanpool information, or go to ww.communitytransit.org.

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