Gulf Coast Regional Bike Month 2021

May is National Bike Month! It's time to dust off that nifty bicycle in your garage and ride it to an event in your community. The Houston-Galveston region is vast, and events are happening in almost every corner to celebrate bicycling. This web page will provide you with basic how-to information on hosting or participating in bike events across the region.

When is Bike to Work Day?

National Bike to Work Week is May 17 - 21, 2021, and the week closes out, celebrating Bike to Work/Wherever on Friday, May 21, 2021. Some organizations choose a different day that week that works best for their residents or employees. Bike to Wherever Day came to be as bike commuters and businesses had to pivot activities during COVID-19.

Share Your Bike Adventures

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also send photos directly to Susan Jaworski at Susan.Jaworski@h-gac.com.

Why bike to work?

As our population and congestion increase, finding alternative ways to get to work is critical for our region. In the Houston-Galveston region, 25 percent of people live within 5 miles of their workplaces, an ideal distance for bicycling.

By bicycling to work, you will benefit from better health! Adults who regularly bicycle have a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.

Commuting to work represents a small percentage of all trips that we take. Bike Month is an excellent opportunity to explore biking to other destinations like coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, schools and visiting your friends and family members. Why not bike there? It's easier than you think. You can even bike part of the way, for instance, to your local transit station or park and ride.

CyclingSavvy

CyclingSavvy is a virtual cycling safety course you can take in the convenience of your home!

Complete the course in the month of May, and you'll be entered to win some cycling swag from HGAC!

How many people bike to work?

According to the American Community Survey, over 51,000 residents in the Houston-Galveston region bicycle or walk to work. In certain areas within our region, the percentage of people who bike to work exceeds 5% (while our regional average is 0.6%).

Visit H-GAC's Interactive Web Applications to find information about your neighborhood (recommended apps to check out – Historical Commuting Patterns, Activity-Connectivity Explorer, and the Demographic Data Explorer).

Virtual Activities and Events

Topic

Gulf Coast Regional Bike Month 2021 Kick-Off Celebration

When

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 11:30 am Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic

Bike to School Day

When

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Is your school hosting an event? Let us know about it! Email us at saferoutestoschool@h-gac.com to have your event highlighted in an upcoming Region View newsletter.

Visit the rides section below for Bike to School events being held in The Woodlands Township.

Topic

Houston Bike Summit

When

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021

Visit the Houston Bike Summit website for all the times and speakers.

Topic

Bike to Work/Wherever

When

May 17 - 21, 2021

Join in on a ride from one of our many partners in the region! The City of Houston, Bike Houston, BCycle, The Woodlands Township, The City of Sugarland, Bike Waller, Rice University and more will be hosting events region-wide. Visit the list of rides below to find one in your area.

Topic

Partnership Perks: A Benefits Guide for Becoming a Commute Solutions Partner

When

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 11:30 am Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic

Bike to Work/Wherever

When

Friday, May 21, 2021

Is your company hosting a Bike to Work Day? Will you do a "Fake Commute" on your bike before starting your day? Visit the Houston Bike to Wherever Day 2021 page. Then, post your ride or "fake commute", tag @HouGalAreaCog and use #GulfCoastBikes in a social post so we can follow along with everyone biking to work or wherever!

Topic

Gulf Coast Regional Bike Month 2021 Closing Celebration

When

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 11:30 am Central Time (US and Canada)

Let's Ride! Local Events and Activities

The Houston-Galveston region is huge. Bike Month rides are happening in almost every corner of the region. Below is a list of events happening in our region during Bike Month. If you join a ride, tag @HouGalAreaCog and use #GulfCoastBikes in your post! Get out there and ride!

For contact information to join a ride or tour, visit the Bike Waller website.

  • Daily - Early morning exercise bike rides starting in Hockley Community Park riding out Old Business 290 and Washington Road

  • Weekly Saturday to Wednesday - BikeWaller continues to accept bike donations, make repairs, display, and sell at nominal cost to encourage bicycling in Waller, TX

  • Saturday, April 24: BikeWaller is having a Bike Month head start in April with a Rotary Club Bike Ride in the Country at BikeWaller at 9:00 am

  • Saturday, May 1: Texas MS 150 2021 Waller Start at Waller ISD Stadium. BikeWaller is hosting an after-party and camping Saturday night for riders returning from College Station

  • Saturday, May 1: 8:00 AM - Texas VeloVintage Bike Ride in the Country at BikeWaller at 909 Alliance Street Waller, TX, followed by vintage bike displays and discussions on renovating your vintage bike

  • Saturday, May 15: Chain Reaction Bike Repair Day at 11750 Memorial Dr, Houston, Texas, starting at 9:00 am until NOON

East Sector Bike Tour

May 8, 11 am -  2 pm

Free (registration required) we can have a larger group (up to 30)

Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the East End Bike Ride Group to pedal and explore trails along Buffalo Bayou East! On the ride, you will learn more about the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan and stop at sites that will be transformed into parks and unique destinations.  Make sure to bring water to begin the ride, and wearing masks are encouraged.  Food and drink will be available for purchase at Boom Box taco truck at one of our stops.

Meet at Tony Marron Park. (808 N York St, Houston, TX 77003)

No bike? No worries, there is a BCycle station at Guadalupe Plaza Park (2311 Runnels) to rent a bicycle.  Then head east on Navigation, turn right on North York, and Tony Marron Park is on your left-hand side.

As many Houstonians continue to work from home and alternate workspaces during the pandemic, we are celebrating Bike to Wherever Day instead of the traditional Bike to Work event. On Bike to Wherever Day, we encourage Houstonians to try biking wherever their day takes them. We realize the importance of maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, so join us and help us promote active transportation by biking wherever and let us know about it.

Join in on the fun, Friday, May 21 all day long!

To help make your ride to wherever safe and enjoyable, we’ve listed some safety tips below. We’ll also be crowdsourcing some tips on biking on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow us and join the conversation!

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Twitter
Facebook

For a listing of all BCycle rides and events, visit the Houston BCycle website.

  • May 1:  Tour De Mural (East End Bike Ride)

  • May 8: Mother's Day Market at Heights Mercantile, Vendor Market at 11 am – 6 pm, Bike there.

  • May 13: Bike Share Awareness Day at Heights Mercantile 12 – 4 pm
    Offering free rides, discounted memberships, and information about Houston BCycle and surrounding stations.

  • May 15: 5th Ward Bike Ride. Partnering with Fifth Ward CRC, we will be starting off the ride at 1 pm at 5th Level Restaurant in 5th Ward. This will be a storytelling ride to enhance the history of the neighborhood. The ride lasts 2 hours.

  • May 20: Bike Share Awareness Day at Memorial Picnic Loop 12 - 4 pm
    Offering free rides, discounted memberships, and information about Houston BCycle and surrounding stations.

  • May 27: Bike Share Awareness Day 12 - 5 pm.
    Offering free rides, discounted memberships, and information about Houston BCycle and surrounding stations.

  • May 27: Cruising Through East End. Bike ride starting at a local coffee shop called Bohemeos at 5:30 pm through the East End and back to the coffee shop. The ride ends at 9 pm.

Visit Rice University's Travel Demand Management Instagram page for information on campus biking options.

For information on walking, running, or biking in Sugar Land, visit their website.

  • Week of May 3: featured tour of the week, First Colony Bike Tour

  • Week of May 10: featured tour of the week, Company Town Bike Tour

  • Week of May 17: featured tour of the week, Central City Bike Tour

  • May 18 City: Council Meeting Bike Month Proclamation

For information on rides happening in The Woodlands Township, visit the Event Guide and Calendar. Please note some rides and events require registration.

Bike The Woodlands Coalition is working with The Woodlands Township to distribute stickers for National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 5. More than 5,000 Bike to School Day stickers will be distributed to students at public and private elementary, middle, and high schools throughout our community. The National Center for Safe Routes to School has lead this annual event since 2012.

Bike the Woodlands is hosting a "Why I Ride" Community Art Project. During May, we're inviting young people in our community to create images that express their love of riding bikes. Up to five entries will be selected as the winners of the competition, and these winners will receive a prize and recognition on our Bike The Woodlands website and our social media pages. More information is available on the Bike The Woodlands Coalition website.

Gear Up!

Now is the time to get ready. Below, you will find resources to help you get started, learn about safe bicycling, and how to plan an event.

National Bike Month Basic Information (League of American Bicyclists)
National Bike Month Promotional Materials (League of American Bicyclists)
Bike Month Guide (League of American Bicyclists)
Educational Videos (League of American Bicyclists)
Social Media Toolkit (League of American Bicyclists)
Safety Tips for Bicyclists (Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center)