As Memorial Day draws closer, our ever-rising gasoline prices make bike commuting a much more attractive alternative. Of course, the incentive of winning prizes makes hopping on the bike even more rewarding.
For Thurston County commuters, prizes for pedaling to work could be a reality. All you need to do is enter the Thurston County Bicycle Commuter Content sponsored by Intercity Transit.
This 24th Annual event runs through the month of May. Last year 1,300 pedal-pushers joined in, logging a whopping 80,000 miles on their two-wheeled transportation. That resulted in a savings of more than 3,600 gallons of gasoline.
To join the Bicycle Commuter Contest, you must register. Adult registration costs $5; it’s free for those 18 and younger. Registration forms and event details are at www.bccblog.com, the Olympia Transit Center and most area bike shops.
In addition to reducing use of gasoline, participants also help support bike-friend commuting networks. The cyclists in the contest may submit feedback to event organizers regarding conditions on roads, bike lanes and bike paths. Intercity Transit then compiles the information and reports it to area jurisdictions for use in making decisions about future bicycling infrastructure.
Intercity Transit also offers bike-and-bus options wherein buses supplement bicycling when weather, distance or schedules warrant. The bike-and-ride services provided by Intercity Transit are included on all IT bus routes, including express service between Olympia and Tacoma.
For more information about the contest, visit www.bccblog.com