Tacoma proclaims 2015 the Year of the Bike

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has proclaimed 2015 the Year of the Bike. 

A free film screening of AfterMass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland will kick off the city's celebration on Thursday, Feb. 12. 

The movie will be followed by a community discussion led by Joe Biel, director/co-producer of the film; Elly Blue, author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy; and Matt Newport, Downtown On the Go bike coordinator .

“We know Tacoma is a few steps behind Portland, but there is a lot of positive change happening here," says Newport. "This film provides a conversation starting point for how we can improve bike culture and expand bike ridership.”

Aftermass is the first feature documentary to explore the events, people, politics and social changes that led to Portland becoming the first major city in the United States to popularize bicycling. The film features many of the leaders and major participants behind the growth of bicycling ridership since 1971.

Through rides, resources, advocacy and social media (#yearofthebike), Downtown on the Go is encouraging anyone to make it the Year of the Bike. From their website

Three ways you can make 2015 the #yearofthebike:

1. Ride Your Bike! Bike to school, bike to a friend’s house, bike to the coffee shop, bike anywhere. Ride by yourself or ride in a group. It doesn’t have to be far or difficult. Find and share ride ideas at Bike253.com. Track all of your bike trips at piercetrips.com.

2. Make Your Voice Heard. Tell our City Council that you want a city built for bikes. Citizens’ Forums are held every second Tuesday of the month at the Tacoma Municipal Building and give you an open-mic opportunity to speak directly to your elected city officials.

3. Be a Bicycle Ambassador. Downtown On the Go is looking for active members of the biking community to help grow the number of people on bikes in Tacoma. To get involved, call us at 253-682-1739, or send us an email at dotg@tacomachamber.org.

More information and future events: downtownonthego.org