Get Ready for Bike Month in May!

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Dan Henderson, Interim Director of Transportation and Parking Services

UCSC's Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) has joined with Ecology Action to celebrate Santa Cruz Bike Month starting on May 1, 2019. It is an opportunity to showcase the many benefits of bicycle commuting and to provide a safe, supportive and festive environment for local commuters to give cycling a try. This year, Ecology Action has added a special incentive by offering a chance to win a $7500 cash prize and an e-bike for participants.


To get an early start on the activities, on Thursday, April 25th, free helmets and bike lights will be distributed to UCSC affiliates (while supplies last). Ecology Action volunteers will be providing free ABC safety checks and basic maintenance on attendees' bicycles. Meet at the base of campus in the Barn Theater parking lot from 2:30pm-5:30pm.


Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 9th, when cyclists get a free breakfast at sites throughout Santa Cruz County, including the UCSC Main Entrance at 6:30am - 9:30am. Free bike helmets and bike lights will be distributed (while supplies last), and Ecology Action volunteers will be on site to conduct ABC Quick Checks on attendees' bicycles.  


On Wednesday, May 21st, a final bike helmet give-away to UCSC affiliates will take place at the top of the Great Meadow Bike Path from 2:30-5:30pm (while supplies last).


Finally, on May 15 – 22, remember to Vote Yes on Transit! – Yes on 73! at  Should it fail, service levels for both METRO and Campus Transit will continue to be reduced or eliminated.  Our cycling community needs to make their voice heard, as they will be affected by the result of this measure, whether it’s due to increased numbers of cars on the road or decreased numbers of buses with bike racks.  Thank you in advance for your support!


Happy Cycling!