During the month of May, we encourage you to get out and pedal no matter where you need to go: ride to errands; ride to visit friends and family; ride for recreation; ride for your health; and ride for your commute. Ride Wherever you need to go!
Bike Month with its focus on Bike To Work Day, expanded to Bike To Wherever Days during the pandemic when many people were commuting to work less, or not at all. In 2023, we are embracing both events to reflect the new hybrid model of work and life. Solano County, as part of the Nine-County Bay Area Bike To Wherever Days has planned a month of activities, including Bike to School Day on May 3rd, community rides, a Pledge to Ride, contests with prizes and more. And be sure to come out for Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 18th, to celebrate bicycling and get your 2023 commemorative bag! Everyone on two wheels is welcome!
Bike Champion of the Year – Nominations are open for Solano County’s Bike Champion of the Year. This award will recognize someone who practices and understands the health, environmental, and social benefits of bicycling. Please nominate someone who champions pedaling, inspires others and sets a great example of how bicycling is good for everyone. The Solano County winner will be announced on April 21st. Nominate your champion here: Bike Champions of the Year 2023 — Bay Area Bike To Work
Bike Month Pledge to Ride – This year, Solano Mobility will host events and contests throughout May to celebrate Bike To Wherever Days. Pledge to #BikeSolano during May and sign up Coming Soon, and you’ll be entered to win prizes. Earn an extra contest entry if you regularly commute to work by transit (bus/rail/ferry), rideshare (vanpool/carpool), active transportation (walk/ride your bike) or telework, and sign up on our Commute Solano platform here: commuterinfo.net.
Bike to School Day – Each May, students across Solano County strap on their helmets, hop on their bikes and pedal to school on National Bike to School Day, as part of National Bike Month. The Solano Safe Routes to School program sponsored the first event in 2013, and participation continues to grow. This year, Bike to School Day will be held on May 3rd. For more information on how your school can participate visit: Solano Transportation Authority | Safe Routes to School (ca.gov)
Bike to Work Day – On Thursday, May 18th, the Bay Area will celebrate Bike to Work Day! Volunteers will pass out free, commemorative bike bags in the early morning commute hours at the Suisun Amtrak station, Vallejo Ferry building, and on the Benicia Bike path to bike commuters. Fisk’s Cyclery in Dixon, Ray’s Cycle in Vacaville, Wheels in Motion in Benicia, and the Solano Transportation Authority in Suisun City will also have bags available. Bike commuters can visit any of the energizer stations to pick up their bike bag with goodies (while supplies last). Stop by our energizer stations to learn more about Bucks for Bikes and our other commuter incentive programs: Solano Mobility | Commuter Programs. (Note: National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 19th, but the Bay Area celebrates on Thursday when more people in our nine counties commute to work.)
Community Bike Rides – We’ll celebrate Bike To Wherever Days with community bike rides. For more information on the Vallejo Bike ride: Coming Soon.
Benicia Bike Maintenance and Skills Clinic – The Benicia Bike Club will host a Bike Maintenance and Skills Clinic on May 21st. For more information: Coming Soon.
#BikeSolano Photo Contest – This year Solano Mobility is excited to introduce our Bike Month Photo Contest! Each week in May we will announce a Bike ride theme and hashtag and encourage you to post a picture of your ride celebrating the week;s theme. Don’t forget to use the hashtag of the week to be entered for a change to win a prize. Announcements will be made in June on Solano Mobility’s Facebook and Twitter Pages.
In addition to MTC (the transportation planning, financing, and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area), 511 (the region’s traveler information system), Amazon and Stanford Medicine, Bike to Wherever Days/Bike to Work Day 2023 receives regional support from Spare the Air and BART. Visit Bay Area Bike To Work for more information on all Bay Area Bike to Wherever Days events.