Due to funding priorities this year, the City will not participate in the annual Bike Month.
Bike Month Pasadena is a month-long campaign of healthy and enjoyable bicycle activities that Pasadena residents and visitors can experience in the month of May. It is part of National Bike Month, celebrated in communities across the United States.
“Our understanding is the City had other funding priorities this year so Bike Month is not being sponsored,” said Blair Miller of the Complete Streets Coalition, an all-volunteer group that advocates for safe streets for everyone in Pasadena. “We hope that Council and staff agree that Bike Month is a terrific opportunity for people to enjoy Pasadena on bicycles together and that they commit to funding it regularly starting next year.”
The City typically sponsors Bike Month in conjunction with Pasadena nonprofit Day One. The month’s lineup contains events designed to celebrate bicycling as a safe and sustainable way to get around town.
“While the City has enthusiastically and historically co-sponsored Pasadena Bike Month, the Department of Transportation has chosen to focus this year’s efforts on advancing bicycling and traffic safety in several multi-faceted ways,” according to Department Director Laura Rubio-Cornejo.
Cornejo said this year the City is focused on completing the Union Street Bikeway over summer and the Cordova Street Complete Streets Enhancements this winter.
The City is also launching a year-long traffic safety awareness campaign this summer that will target all Pasadenans and be seasonal in nature; and plans to continue to advance bicycling infrastructure by exploring Greenway designs.
“Choosing to focus City efforts away from Bike Month was not an easy decision, but one that will result in more extensive and long-lasting safety improvements not just for bicyclists, but all road users,” she said. “By focusing on completing and advancing the City’s bike network, we hope to expand the City’s bike network through more meaningful bicycle infrastructure. The parallel year-long safety awareness will compliment these planning efforts through education and awareness, targeting various audiences throughout the year.”
The Department of Transportation encourages Pasadenans to check out regional Bike Month events listed by Metro (https://bikeshare.metro.net/bike-month/) and to consider trying an electric bike through ActiveSGV’s GoSGV e-bike rental program (https://www.gosgv.com/).
“While I am disappointed that we don’t have full bike month events this year, I am happy to see funds allocated to e-bike rebates and pedestrian safety. I plan to borrow a GoBike e-bike this month from Day One and ride with the Complete Streets Coalition, so ride safe and I will see you on the road,” said Councilmember Felicia Williams.