Looking to put a fresh spin on your commute? May is National Bike to Work Month—a time when thousands of people try bike commuting for the first time.
If you're new to biking, many local organizations offer resources on getting started. R-TRIP, the Redmond Trip Resource & Incentive Program, has a section of its website dedicated solely to bike commuting with tips and tricks, maps, a quirky how-to video, and information about city-sponsored incentives.
You can also check out this 2011 for additional advice on how to start bike commuting.
Cascade Bicycle Club, which organizes many Bike to Work Month activities in the Seattle area, offers a commute challenge each May. Throughout the month, workplace-based teams from all over the region compete and inspire each other to reach new goals of number of days biked, total mileage and more. (You can also register as a solo rider.)
May 18 is Bike to Work Day, and commute stations will be set up throughout the region that morning to honor cyclists' efforts. Check out this of last year's Sammamish River Trail commute station for a taste of what Bike to Work Day is all about.
If your bike commute takes you to Redmond, you can sweeten the deal on the 18th, when the City of Redmond will in honor of Redmond's centennial from 4 to 6:30 p.m. . The event will feature live music, free food and drinks, prizes and more.