Last week, Jeff P and I met with Barbara H, and talked about Bike Month coming up in May. The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 12-16 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 16. This week will be the primary area of our focus for promoting the event in Carson City.
The more I learn about Bike to Work Week, and the hard work that went into it last year, the greater appreciation I get for those involved in such projects. I felt a bit overwhelmed at first, but we’re starting to break down all the duties and making assignments. I’ve been getting in touch with the people that worked on the event last year, and finding out what their rolls were. Jeff P is starting to contact businesses to see if they’ll sponsor the event. Tasha G has contacted NDOT and has gotten a lead on some free promotional materials.
To help us organize, we’d like to get a feel for how many people will be participating in Bike to Work Week. Make a comment here and let us know what your plans are! If we can get commitments from people at many different businesses, it’ll be much easier to get the word out. Additionally, each contact could adopt a friend or coworker as a Bike Buddy, helping recruit those who would otherwise not participate.
We plan to have some social events as well. We may have a movie night, and will most certainly have an after work social ride. We plan to have bike swag and a raffle too, so if anyone has some leads in this area, let us know!
The theme for Bike Month is going to be “Fun”. We all know how healthy cycling is, and it’s an activity we can enjoy that causes minimal environmental impact; however, that’s not how we plan to sell this event. We plan to encourage people to start riding more, because it’s fun! All the other beneficial aspects can be the wonderful side effects of cycling.
We have a whole list of ideas that we’ll be sharing with you in the near future, so stay tuned. In the meantime, share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.