Have you heard? The whole month of May is dedicated to biking. That’s right! May is National Bike Month. So, start pedaling!
Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists—a non-profit organization that promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation—National Bike Month is celebrated around the country. If you’ve been off your bike for a while, now is the perfect time to hop back on and enjoy one of the numerous events going on in each state.
Grab a friend, a family member or a co-worker and participate in a free community biking event together. Check out the highlights below to find an event near you.
May 13-17: Bike-to-Work Week 2013
More than half of us live within 5 miles of our workplace. But do we ride our bikes there? The League of American Bicyclists promotes Bike-to-Work Week 2013 from May 13-17 this year. Can't make it work? No problem. You're free to ride to work whenever your schedule allows! Before you get started, learn what essential items you'll need to keep safe and comfortable on your daily bike trips.
May 15: Ride of Silence
The Ride of Silence is held during National Bike Month each year to raise awareness, encourage motorists to share the road and honor those who have been hit by vehicles. Take your bike to the street at 7:00 p.m. and join cyclists in this silent procession. Find a participating city or town near you.
May 23: Long Beach Bike Advocacy Meeting
Long Beach, CA
Past due for developing an official Bike Advocacy organization, Long Beach kicks off its first meeting to discuss the needs of the city during National Bike Month. People who live or work in Long Beach are invited. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Location: TBD. Contact Elizabeth Williams at 562-334-2453 or CaliBikeTours@gmail.com to RSVP.
May 22-25: Calypso Bike Week
Calypso Elementary School offers in-school bicycle education programs for each grade level. On Saturday, May 25, children can attend an education event with their bicycles, helmets and parents where they will take part in bike safety checks by a mechanic, a skills course and a neighborhood ride with police officers and League Cycling Instructors. Contact Scott Slingerland at 845-430-6552 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
May 24: Bike to Star Trek Movie
Meet at Major the Bull in Downtown Durham. Then, bike to Southpoint Cinemas for the new Star Trek into Darkness movie. Starfleet and/or alien attire recommended. Contact Ninna Gagnon at 919-886-3878 or email@example.com to register.
May 25: Bicycling Basics for Adults
Las Cruces, NM
Perhaps you're new to vehicular cycling. Or maybe you've just been off of your bike for awhile and want to refresh your skills before getting back on the road. Either way, you will learn how to effectively start, stop, scan, signal and use certain avoidance maneuvers. Basic bike maintenance techniques will also be taught. This class is not suitable for children. League Cycling Instructors: Tammy Schurr & Ellen Castello will host. Meet in the parking lot of the Peace Lutheran Church at 8 a.m. Space is limited. Contact Tammy Schurr at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May 25: Women's Mechanic's Class
Get introduced to bike maintenance. This class emphasizes keeping your bike clean, how to diagnose problems, learning parts of the bike and their functions, and how to repair a flat tire. Meet at the Ward VI Council Building. Contact Julia Liatti at 520-271-3995 or email@example.com.
May 31-June 1: Traffic Skills 101
Ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. This class will teach you how to perform bike safety checks, fix a flat tire, crash avoidance techniques and more. Adults and children over 14 recommended to participate. Nine hours of curriculum hosted by BikeDenver. Rain or shine. Registration required. Also required: Basic functional bicycle, helmet and appropriate attire for weather. May 31: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. June 1: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Meet at the Denver Zoo. Contact Jody Davison at 773-988-8474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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