May is "bike month" and even though the Bike Fest at the California State Capitol is over, riders in the Sacramento region will continue peddling at least until the end of the month.
Sabrina Bradbury is with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, which hosts the event. She says 658 cycling groups are tracking their miles this month.
"People are really competitive. They compete for e-badges that they can earn through the web site and mileage rankings. So, that's been really popular as well."
Vida Morhain is from Folsom. She wore flip flops as she pedaled, slowly, to the event this year. She says the e-badges and rankings help inspire people.
"They also have challenges so you can challenge a buddy to come on out, or to challenge them to do like 5-10 miles, or do 20 miles, or do 100 miles, or do 1,000 miles. And so, it gets people motivated through the community and some peer pressure too, get people out there, say, 'Hey, get on your bike, let's ride!"
Ken Rumenapp is from Roseville and is one of the Bike Hikers group. "This is our annual outing that we always come support -the 'May is Bike Month' and add mileage and try to get more people to ride bikes rather than use their car or other polluting devices."
This is the 12th year for the Bike Fest event. Organizers hope riders will total two million miles for the month.