No, that’s not a typo. We're teaming up with you and all of Santa Cruz County to ditch your car and pedal on two wheels during the entire month of May. We are going big with a $7,500 individual cash prize drawing and a 2019 Gazelle ebike from Current eBikes to get you riding! Whoop, whoop! 

SIGN UP FOR THE BIKE MONTH CHALLENGE

First, join the Bike Month Santa Cruz Challenge on Love to Ride and log a minimum of 5 rides using a third-party app—Strava or the equivalent.

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PARTICIPATE IN BIKE TO WORK DAY

Earn an additional entry by participating in Bike To Work Day on Thursday, May 9th and also be entered to win a 2019 Gazelle ebike from Current eBikes.

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OKAY, JUST THE FAQS

Why is Ecology Action doing BIKE MONTH?

One of the top sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States is from the burning of fossil fuels for transportation—here in Santa Cruz County it is 50% of our carbon footprint. Switching to a bike for your commute not only reduces air, water and noise pollution in our towns and cities but can make our community healthier and happier. Bike Month is our way of encouraging our local community to ditch their cars for bikes during the month of May and beyond.


What is BIKE MONTH?

National Bike Month is a celebration of bicycling held every May. It is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and to encourage more folks to giving bicycling for every day trips a try. The main way to participate is by joining the BIKE MONTH CHALLENGE through Love To Ride and riding to work on Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 9th from 6:30am-9:30am. There will also be other Santa Cruz Community events happening throughout the month that you can find at ecoact.org/bikemonth


What is the BIKE MONTH CHALLENGE?

Our goal is to engage with as many Santa Cruz County residents to ditch their cars and pedal on two wheels during the entire month of May. We are incentivizing that action with a $7,500 individual cash prize draw. Eligible requirements apply.

The BIKE MONTH CHALLENGE starts on May 1, 2019 through May 31st. 2019.


How do I win $7,500?

In order to be eligible for the individual $7,500 prize draw, entrants must:

  • Be 18+ years old by April 1, 2019
  • Be a Santa Cruz County resident
  • Not be a member of Ecology Action staff
  • Have registered on the Love to Ride Platform: lovetoride.net/santacruz
  • Logged a minimum of 5 rides using a third-party tracking app – Strava or the equivalent

You can obtain additional entries by:

  • Encouraging other participants to register and log at least one ride on Love to Ride: lovetoride.net/santacruz; One (1) additional entry per new participants encouraged
  • Attend and check-in for Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 9th. One (1) entry for participating in Bike to Work Day.


You’re a non-profit, why are you giving away $7,500?

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor who is passionate about getting more people in our county commuting by bike, we were able to offer this amazing cash prize to our community. 


Why do I have to use a third-party app (Strava, Ride Report, etc.) to log my rides?

To verify that bike rides logged were actually ridden, third-party apps like Strava, Ride Report, etc. add a mapping feature to rides so location, distance, speed, and trip duration can be cited for that trip entry.


Do I have to pay to play?

No purchase is necessary.


What is LOVE TO RIDE?

Love to Ride is a third-party online platform that uses behavior change to get more people riding. Local Santa Cruz residents must register at lovetoride.net/santacruz


When is BIKE TO WORK DAY?

Thursday, May 9th from 6:30 -9:30am at these 12 participating breakfast sites.  Register at ecoact.org/biketowork


How do I win an ebike?

Thanks to a generous donation from Current eBike you have a chance to win one a Gazelle Medeo e-bike. You must attend and check-in to Bike to Work Day on May 9th, 2019 from 6:30am-9:30am at any of the participating Bike to Work breakfast sites around Santa Cruz County. 

Winner of e-bike may choose size and color of their choice (of available Medeo choices).  Final delivery date will be based on availability. E-bike winner may choose another Gazelle bike (only Gazelle) of equal or greater value and pay the difference (no cash credit). Winner is awarded at random and will be announced on Thursday, May 16th.


Are college students eligible?

Yes, college students that attend UCSC or Cabrillo College and are Santa Cruz County residents are eligible to win both the individual $7,500 cash prize through the BIKE MONTH CHALLENGE as well as the e-bike prize by participating in Bike to Work Day.


When will the winners be announced?

The winner of the $7,500 individual cash prize will be generated through a third-party software system on June 13th, 2019. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be notified within twenty working days of the close date either by mail or telephone. The winner’s name will be announced publicly through the organization’s communications channels. No personal contact information (email, phone, or address) for the winner will be disclosed.


Do the points or miles that I accumulate in LOVE TO RIDE increase my chances of winning?

No, the points that accumulate in the Love To Ride dashboard do not factor into how the winner is awarded. See eligibility and entry process above.


Are there any other prizes?

Yes, there are national contest prizes as well as smaller local prizes that you can find at lovetoride.net/santacruz


I would love to help promote the BIKE MONTH CHALLENGE to my co-workers and community network. What #hashtag and site should I use?

Please use #bikemonthchallenge for all social messaging and tag Ecology Action using @ecologyaction on Facebook and @ecology_action on Instagram.

  • BIKE MONTH details at ecoact.org/bikemonth
  • BIKE MONTH CHALLENGE at lovetoride.net/santacruz
  • BIKE TO WORK DAY at ecoact.org/biketowork


I’m new to biking and don’t feel comfortable biking on busy streets, what resources are available to me to safely and confidently ride?


PRIZES

Ecology Action Love to Ride, and its project partners are not liable in any way for any damages, expenses, misinformation, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with any prizes offered. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss or injury suffered as a result of accepting or experiencing any prize.

Ecology Action and Love to Ride are not responsible for any element of any donated, gifted or funded holidays that are awarded as a prize, including bookings, travel, insurance, or any personal loss or injury or any losses or injuries resulting from activity undertaken at any time travelling to or from or during the excursion.

BIKE MONTH CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wednesday, May 1 – Bike Challenge Launch 

31 days to ride your bike, encourage your neighbors and coworkers, and have a chance to win $7,500. See below for details.

Friday, May 3 – Bike Night @ MAH, 5pm-9pm 

Bike community, art, music @ the MAH, celebrate the kick off of Bike Month with a street festival on Cooper St. and bike art with Little Giant Collective!

Saturday, May 4 – Old Cabin Classic, 10am-4pm 

Bike festival and race in Wilder Ranch, enjoy a throwback to the early days of mountain biking and support mountain biking in Santa Cruz County.

Sunday, May 5 - Frances Cycle Workshop Open House, 10am-4pm

Come tour the Frances Cycles Workshop where Frances bicycles and Farfarer trailers are made right here in Downtown Santa Cruz. If you are curious about bicycle design, construction and repair, metal working machinery, local manufacturing or urban bike transportation, this is a great opportunity.  Bicycles, Cargo bicycles and trailers will be available for test ride and sale.  Kids welcome.

Thursday, May 9 – Bike to Work/School, 6:30am-9:30am

Ride your bike to work and school and breakfast is on us. We’ll have 12 public breakfast sites and 40+ schools participating around Santa Cruz County.

Friday, May 10 – Bike Party Friday Night, 7pm-9pm 

Join Bike Party Santa Cruz for an evening community ride around Santa Cruz, bring lights, costumes, and bells. All levels welcome.

Saturday, May 11 – Bike Fest @ Bike Trip, 11am-2pm

Once a year Bicycle Trip hosts ALL cyclists for a BASH at the shop on Soquel Ave. It's a time when young and old, commuters, roadies and mountain bikers, recreational riders and racer-types come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz. Indulge in food and drink, get your mind blown by our multiple bike stunt shows, demo your dream eBike, road bike or mountain bike, browse the inspiring cycles, parts and accessories in our vendor village, engage with local bicycle clubs and non-profits, partake in numerous kids activities and reap the rich bounty of our famous, free raffle and prize wheel!

Thursday, May 16 – ebike Demo Event @ Current eBikes, Time TBD

"Try Life on a Gazelle eBike" Current eBikes and Gazelle invite you to try a Gazelle eBike in your daily routine. Borrow an eBike and charger for 24h and see how it fits into your everyday life. Commute without gridlock or sweat, get groceries and some fresh air, or cruise a beautiful coastal path...you can experience how owning an electric Gazelle city bike can change your life.

Pickup Thursday Front St. May 16th noon-6pm. @ Current eBikes 131 Front St.

Drop off Friday, May 17th 10am-6pm. @ Current eBikes 131 Front St.

No charge. Must be 18+. ID and Credit Card Required.

Saturday, May 18 – Bike and Bird @ Ramsay Park w/ BSP, 9am-12pm

Explore the natural wonders and birds of the majestic Watsonville Sloughs. Ride bikes along scenic trails with sweeping views and close-ups of countless birds. Binoculars can be provided for those who do not have a pair. All ages and levels welcome, children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Sunday, May 19 – Girls Rock Ride @ Ecology Action, 9am-2pm

An inclusive, all levels mountain bike ride for women curious about mountain biking! Groups for different riding levels will take off from Ecology Action after some morning mingling, snacking, and coffee. Come one come all!

Sunday, May 19 – 30th Annual Strawberry Fields Forever Ride, All Day

Join the 30th annual fundraiser bike ride for Cyclists for Cultural Exchange. Cyclists for Cultural Exchange was established in 2004 with the express purpose of furthering peace and international understanding through exchanges between people with a common interest in cycling.

TBD Week of May 21 – May 24 – How to grocery shop by bike @ Aptos New Leaf, Time TBD

In this class, we'll look at making your trips to the grocery store by bike. How are you supposed to carry all your goods on two wheels? We'll peel back the layers on how to make a store run successful. Do I need a basket or panniers? What even is a pannier anyway? Different ways to pack your supplies, distributing weight, and knowing when too much is too much.

Friday, May 31 – Bike Challenge Wrap Up 

Those 31 days flew by! How many bike trips did you make? Did you encourage a friend, coworker, or neighbor to ride? Curious who won the big cash prize? Celebrate Bike Month and find out who won the big cash prize at our Bike Month Party in June at the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery.

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