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2015 Will Be the “Year of the Bike” in Tacoma
2015 is the year of the sheep (we know you Monkeyshines fans knew that). We knew that. Now Downtown On the Go and the Tacoma cycling community are launching an effort to make it the Year of the Bike as well. And you can help.
As the number of cyclists in town has gradually increased, Downtown On the Go is excited to finally announce:
2015 is the Year of the Bike in Tacoma.
We will kick-off the Year of the Bike on Feb. 12 with a free screening of the bicycle documentary AfterMass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland, followed by a Q&A style discussion about Tacoma’s bicycle community. Details about this event can be found on our website here.
They're giving you three ways you can get involved in making 2015 the #YearOfTheBike:
1. Ride Your Bike! Bike to school, bike to a friend’s house, bike to the coffee shop, bike anywhere. Ride by yourself or ride in a group. It doesn’t have to be far or difficult. Find and share ride ideas at Bike253.com
2. Make Your Voice Heard. Tell our City Council that you want a city built for bikes. Citizens’ Forums are held every second Tuesday of the month at the Tacoma Municipal Building and give you an open-mic opportunity to speak directly to your elected city officials.
3. Be a Bicycle Ambassador. Downtown On the Go is looking for active members of the biking community to help grow the number of people on bikes in Tacoma. To get involved, call us at 253-682-1739, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don't use your bike to get around town on a regular basis, this might be the year to start. You could start small with a trip to the grocery store, or a weekend ride, and maybe work your way up to bike commuting. If you need a little extra incentive beyond the fresh air, exercise, and environmental benefits, the Bike to a Business program offers some good deals when you ride your bike to participating businesses. Bike to Pacific Brewing in January, and get a $1 off your first pint. Bike to Hop Coffee at the Harmon Tap Room in February, and get $0.50 off your beverage order.
If you're a woman who already bikes, or who wants to start, the VeloFemmes group offers an array of events and opportunities to meet and cycle with other women. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for their email list.
And everyone can keep an eye out for organized rides and other events to get involved in at bike253.com, and watch for Year of the Bike posters to pop up around town. On the social media networks, look out for #Bike253 and #YearOfTheBike posts to stay in the loop - and if you've got your own thoughts to share on making Tacoma bike-friendly, add the hashtag to join the conversation with other local cyclists.
This should be a fun year to be on two wheels.
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