Snohomish County, Wash. - Hundreds of bicyclists braved dark clouds to
enjoy a healthy commute on the 10th annual Bike to Work Day in Snohomish
County on Friday, May 21.
Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson was among them. He was going to skip the
event due to a meeting in Seattle. “Then I read in the paper that I
was going to be there,” he said. A regular cyclist anyway, he quickly
got on his gear and biked to his first duty of the day, leading a
celebration ride of 25 other bicyclists into Everett Station.
More than 120 people stopped by the multi-modal hub for the event. From
Everett Station you can bring your bike with you on a train, a bus,
Swift bus rapid transit or leave your bike in a secure bike locker.
It’s the first year the 24 bike lockers have been open for lease by
the public, and Everett Transit is anxious to have them put to use.
After reading a proclamation, Stephanson hopped a bus to his Seattle
meeting. Community Transit coordinates Bike to Work events in Snohomish
County, and Everett Transit is a primary sponsor.
Of the 700 people who stopped by the seven Celebration Stations set up
around the county on Friday, many are participating in the Bike Commute
Challenge. The goal of the friendly competition is for team members to
make some part of their commute on two wheels and complete five
roundtrips in the five weeks.
In the first week of the Bike Commute Challenge, 139 teams with 664
members have registered and logged 11,000 miles.
You can still register yourself or a team for the Challenge through
June 4. Visit www.communitytransit.org/biketowork. A photo gallery of
Bike to Work Day is also posted on the site, and submissions may be sent
Community Transit is committed to providing transportation options in
Snohomish County. Encouraging people to bike and use transit is part of
that effort. Call Community Transit at (425) 353-RIDE or (800) 562-1375
for bike maps or bus information, or go to www.communitytransit.org.