May is National Bike Month, and Tacoma and Pierce County is biking like the mountain is out. Join the festivities with 17 bike-friendly events and visit our favorite places to ride.
Where to Ride
Whether you’re out for a leisure ride on a rental cruiser or putting the pedal to the metal on the paved trail, nothing beats Point Ruston’s waterfront locale. Use the trail to ride to dinner at one of the restaurants along Ruston Way, catch a movie at Point Ruston or simply enjoy the long, sunny days.
Just up the road from Ruston Way is Five Mile Drive at Point Defiance Park. Here you can ride through evergreens and sneak a peek at seals near Owen Beach and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. This paved road is an excellent addition to your bike commute to the Point Defiance Rose Garden, Zoo and Aquarium.
Amp up your mileage by riding the 21 paved miles of the Foothills Trail that follows the Carbon River between Puyallup and Buckley. It’s an almost completely flat trail and is great for families, with multiple entry points that let you set your own distance.
Take to the hills of the 2019 USA Cyclocross National Championships’ future venue, Fort Steilacoom Park. The 7 miles of wooded trail is perfect for mountain bikers looking to work on their skills from a city locale. Cool off after a grueling training session at Lake Steilacoom or Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom.
Great for commuting, the Sumner Link Trail runs along the White River, linking the Interurban, Lakeland Hills, Puyallup River Walk and Foothills trails.
Stuck on how you can bike more this month? Take notes from our sports ambassadors Alex and Kristina Walker who regularly ride to date night and weekend activities with their two daughters.
Mark Your Calendar:
- May 1-31: Bike to a Business: The Hub
- May 3: Bike to Market Day
- May 10: National Bike to School Day
- May 18: Bike to Work Day
For all cycling events throughout the month of May, check out Bike253.com.