.Ride On: Biketober and Bike Month

Events, incentives and community involvement represent Santa Cruz County’s passion for the environment

Over the past few years, Biketober and Bike Month participants have logged over 3.7 million miles in Santa Cruz County. This month will push that number even higher, as almost 500 riders have already signed up for the challenge—a month of logging bike rides for chances to win prizes and connect with other cyclists.

Local nonprofit Ecology Action will give away a $1,000 grand prize to an individual winner, $2,000 to a local employer and 20 $100 local bike shop gift cards.

Ecology Action will also team up with local businesses to organize group rides, online workshops and activities throughout the month.

On Oct. 16, Bike Santa Cruz County, Ecology Action and more than 60 local businesses and organizations will host the eighth annual Open Streets Santa Cruz. From 9am to 2pm, they invite the community to a “day of walking, biking and playing in the streets on a day free from car traffic.”

Other events include a group commute ride from the Aptos Cat & Cloud to the Westside New Leaf, a virtual bike commuting safety workshop and the annual Walk and Roll to School Day.Visit ecoact.org/biketober for more information and lovetoride.net/santacruz to sign up. The challenge ends Oct. 31.

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