In May, 425 Business is talking all about the traffic. The latest cover story is about Inrix, a traffic big-data company based in Kirkland working to resolve some of the Puget Sound’s traffic woes.

Until traffic gridlock is resolved, one of the fastest ways to make an impact on traffic is altering your commute to travel on two wheels instead of four. The City of Bellevue, Choose Your Way Bellevue, Bellevue Downtown Association, King County Metro, and Cascade Bicycle Club are joining forces to hold events during May to promote Bike Month, a regional awareness campaign promoting bike commuting.

The events kicked off Wednesday with an Intro to Urban Cycling class at Bellevue City Hall.

“We encourage all bicyclists, whether you’re a seasoned bicyclist or have never biked a day in your life, to give it a shot this month. It’s a great way to explore a new commute mode and improve your physical health,” says Augusta DeVries, transportation program director at Bellevue Downtown Association.

This year’s Bike Month Challenge is sponsored by Adobe, and more than 10,000 people have signed up to compete for bragging rights and prizes. Events are help all over King County, so even though new to commuting by bike can get involved and being feeling more comfortable on two wheels.

The official Bike to Work Day is May 15. Check Cascade Bicycle Club for a full list of events and contests, and Choose Your Way Bellevue for tips and resources for first-time riders.