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Bike Month

Tacoma-Pierce County Bike Month

Join with partners across Tacoma-Pierce County to celebrate the many benefits of bicycling for transportation and recreation this May. In light of these unprecedented times – this Bike Month will look different from years past – but we'll be sharing bicycling-related resources, activities, and tips throughout the month.


Follow along on Facebook (@mobility253) and on Instagram and Twitter (@tacomamobility) for Bike Month 2021 updates and events.


2021 Bike Month Events & Activities

Partners across Tacoma-Pierce County are celebrating Bike Month with events and activities - we hope you'll join the fun!


Bike Everywhere Challenge: May 1 – 31 (Pierce Trips)
Location: Throughout Pierce County!

Join the Bike Everywhere Challenge by biking to any destination in Pierce County. Log at least 10 bike trips to win prizes. Enter the prize drawing by logging your trips in the calendar at PierceTrips.com. Post your bike ride photos on the Pierce Trips Facebook page to win a $5 e-gift card!

Bike to the Downtown Farmers Market: Thursday, May 6
(Downtown On the Go)
Tacoma Broadway Farmers Market: Broadway between S. 9th and St. 11th
10 AM-3 PM
Celebrate Bike Month by cycling to the Downtown Farmers Market on May 6! Visit the Downtown On the Go booth to get more information about bike resources as well as details for the events we have planned for the summer, including Bike Bingo and our Walk Tacoma series. The Market will be generously offering $2 market tokens to those that travel by bike to the market on May 6, so don’t forget to stop by the Market info booth to get yours!

Traffic Garden WebinarThursday, May 6
(WA Safe Routes to School Network)

Time: 4-5 PM
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7672781779744643340
Learn how to turn an under-utilized parking lot or playground into a place for children, bikes, and imagination! An exciting and informative presentation on traffic gardens by Fionnuala Quinn, the founder of Discover Traffic Gardens and Sam Balto, a Physical Education teacher in Portland, Oregon, who builds pop-up traffic gardens to engage students. Register today!

Bike BingoMay 6– June 4 (Downtown On the Go)
Tacoma/Pierce County
Link: https://downtownonthego.com/about/news-events/bike-bingo  
Participate in Downtown On the Go's Bike Bingo Event between May 6 and June 4 to celebrate Bike Month! Check off bingo card spaces by completing activities, visiting locations, and learning about bike infrastructure in Tacoma.

Bike and Seek
: Saturday, May 8 (2nd Cycle Tacoma)
Location: All over Tacoma!
Time: Clues will be posted at 1 PM on Facebook & Instagram
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1132936077119990
2nd Cycle will be hiding prizes in six different locations around Tacoma for you to find while riding your bike. Clues for each location will be announced the day of the event at 1 PM. To join the fun, register for the event on Facebook.

Plant Share and Talk: Saturday, May 15 (Tacoma Tree Foundation)
Pipeline Trail E 56th St Trailhead
Time: 10-11:30 AM
Link: www.cityoftacoma.org/pipelinetrail
Join folks from the Tacoma Tree Foundation at the Pipeline Trail’s E. 56th St. trailhead to learn more about the power of plants and walk away with a free plant (while supplies last).

Pop-Up Storywalk: May 15– May 31 (City of Tacoma)
Location: Pipeline Trail Phase 3
Link: www.cityoftacoma.org/pipelinetrail
Walk and roll along the Phase 3 of the Pipeline Trail and enjoy the book Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara. A perfect activity for families and young children, a Pop-Up StoryWalk is a program that promotes literacy and health using a deconstructed storybook installed along the trail.

Trails & Ales: Thursday, May 20 (ForeverGreen Trails)
Online, pre-registration is required
Time: 6 PM
ForeverGreen Trails' annual spring event will again be online due to the pandemic. At our Zoom BEVINAR, we will unveil our Trails Scorecard Program, an effort to help assess how well local jurisdictions are supporting trails through policy, planning, funding, promotion, and coordination with other entities. We will also talk about opportunities to advance our regional network by utilizing technology to help local jurisdictions develop trails faster. The event is free but will require registration.

Women, Trans, Femme, and Non-Binary Bike Ride: Saturday, May 22
(2nd Cycle Tacoma)

Location: East 35th St. & McKinley, Tacoma
Gather at 12:30 PM / Ride at 1 PM
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/355823579178380
Join us on May 22 in celebration of Bike Month for a slow paced social bike ride to explore Phase 3 of the Pipeline Trail in East Tacoma! This is a ride for folkx that identify as womexn, trans, femme, and/or non-binary. This 8.6 mile ride will give people an opportunity to explore the entire trail. All ages / experience levels encouraged to attend. *Masks Required*

Traffic Garden Projects in Washington State: Thursday, May 27
(WA Safe Routes to School Network)
4-5 PM
Link: Register at
Learn about four successful projects, including a permanent traffic garden in White Center, pop-up traffic gardens in Tacoma, a pop-up traffic garden community event in Olympia, and a permanent school traffic garden in Lacey. During the first 30 minutes of the webinar, participants will learn how the projects were funded, the partners involved, and lessons learned. After the presentations, 
for those curious to learn more about how a traffic garden might be implemented in their community, participants are invited to join the presenters for breakout sessions to ask questions and crowdsource ideas.  

Bike ANYWHERE Day: Saturday, May 29
(2nd Cycle Tacoma)
2nd Cycle Tacoma Classroom Expansion (1207 MLK Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405)
Time: 1-3 PM
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/462508335098367
This will be a drop in station at 2nd Cycle with snacks, music and swag to encourage folkx to get out and ride their bikes anywhere! Think of it like a mini pit stop party!


How Bikes Shaped Tacoma: Rolling Through History

Did you know May is Historic Preservation Month and Bike Month? The City of Tacoma's Historic Preservation Office teamed up with the City's Active Transportation Coordinator, Liz Kaster, and Pretty Gritty Tours to create this video highlighting the history of bicycling in Tacoma. 

History of Bikes in Tacoma

Celebrate Bike Month with Tacoma Public Libraries


Bike Month BooklistThe Tacoma Public Library (TPL) team has curated a list of ebooks you can check out to sharpen your cycling know-how or get inspired for your next ride!


Virtual StorytimesJoin TPL librarians for virtual storytimes celebrating the joys of bicycling!

Librarian holds up book