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Bike to Work Day

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What: Bike to Work & School Day

When: 6 am Fri., May. 19

Where: Bellingham and beyond

Cost: Free

Info: http://www.biketoworkandschoolday.org

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

If you’ve never experienced the thrill of rolling into a “celebration station” on Bike to Work & School Day, another chance is coming to be part of the excitement on Fri., May 19 at a variety of locales in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County.

The rules of engagement are simple. As long as you have a bicycle that’s in working condition, just point it in the direction of your chosen locale. Once volunteers have you in their sights, someone will ring a cowbell, signaling that another local bicycle enthusiast is on their way in to be counted. When you’ve dismounted from your two-wheeled steed, you will be plied with snacks, assorted gear—one year I took home two reflectors and some Smart Trips lip balm—and tips about bicycle safety.

Participants can choose from among nearly 20 celebration stations to get their ride on, and the 14th annual Pancake Feed taking place from 7-11am at the Hub Community Bike Shop on State Street will be guaranteed to sate your pre- or post-ride hunger. Goofy games, small bike races and other events will take place at the Hub throughout the morning—or at least until the syrup runs out.

At Boundary Bay, reps from Kulshan Cycles will be on hand with patch kits and tire levers to talk bikes while riders enjoy coffee, hot pretzels and Nutella. Pick up an “I Bike to Boundary Bay” sticker, and your morning will be complete. At Cafe Velo, free donuts can be had on the patio for as long as they last, and a mechanic will be on hand from 7am-7pm to do safety checks—including sussing out your brakes, pumping tires and lubing chains—at the venue’s in-store bike shop.

Earl’s Bike Shop, Whatcom Community College, Windward High School, Western Washington University’s Student Rec Center, Nooksack Valley Middle School, Sunnyland Elementary, Stones Throw Brewery, WECU, Whole Foods, the Pickford Film Center, Downtown Bellingham Partnership, and Bellingham Co-housing will be among the participating locales. Some start after 6:30am and others last later than 9:30am, so check your chosen stop to make sure you don’t miss out.

If you have time during your lunch hour, you can continue the fun by attending the annual Tricycle Races at 12pm in front of Bellingham City Hall. There, costumed teams of four will show off their three-wheeler skills at a relay race, making it clear that although bicycling should be taken seriously, it doesn’t need to be a solemn sport.

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