Bike Month 2015
Happy Bike Month!
Bike Month is off to a great start with events all over the state this week. It’s Bike to School Week in Chico. May 7th is Bike to Work Day in Santa Cruz. Orange County is having a Rally on May 7th as well. And in SLO County, you can park your bike for free at various locations throughout the month.
Cyclofemme, a socially-driven grassroots celebration of women on bikes, organizes a Global Women’s Cycling Day on May 10 (Mother’s Day); the ride is happening in 37 cities throughout the state. Next week (May 14th) we celebrate the biggest Bike to Work Day in the state as both the Bay Area and Los Angeles host their BTWD, followed by San Diego and Redding on May 15th.
Keep us updated on your events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and check out what we have so far:
Arcata Bike to Work Day
Thursday, May 14, Bike to Work Day will kick off in Arcata at the North Coast Co-op’s morning energizer station, where cyclists wearing helmets will get free hot drinks, snacks and bike tune-ups from 7 to 9 a.m. Then join the crowd on two wheels for a rally at noon on the Arcata Plaza. Meet fellow cyclists, enter free prize drawings, learn bike safety skills, and show community support for the bicycle as a fun and inexpensive transportation choice. Go to humbike.org to learn about other Bike Month events throughout May!
Saturday, May 9 | 10AM from Beach Park
Join Bike Bakersfield and our hosts Matt Pelishek and Aaron Perlman of the Afternoon Joy Ride Show for a Joy Ride from Beach Park to the Marketplace. Starts at 10AM to beat the heat. Invite everyone to this fun family-friendly ride.
Sunday, May 10 | 9AM from 1820 G Street
Join La Bicicleta Boutique, Bike Bakersfield, and Black Girls Do Bike for a Mother’s Day morning ride. The route is from Angela’s shop on 1820 G Street to the Park at River Walk and back. Light refreshments and CycloFemme temporary tattoos will ensue.
Bike To Work Week
National Bike To Work Week is a great way to get more people riding on bikes while getting some exercise and lessening car pollution. If you were ever thinking of riding your bike to work, this is the best time try it!
Bike To Work Day
Friday, May 15
Bike Bakersfield invites you to join us at the Liberty Bell at 1415 Truxtun Avenue (cross street Chester Avenue) for a ceremony in observance of Bike To Work Day. Meet at 7AM to mingle with some of the local politicians and others who love riding bikes. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, May 16 | 8:30AM at Beach Park
We’re very excited about this year’s Bike Festival. The Bike Festival is a celebration of Bike Month, bringing the community together. This year’s Festival is at Beach Park.
– Tour de Bakersfield
A commencement ride through downtown. Meet at Beach Park and roll at 9AM. By the time we get back to the Festival the food will be ready!
– Kidical Mass
A special ride for kids and kids at heart. Before the ride we will go over pre-ride checks and some traffic skills. Kidical Mass begins at 11:30AM. Wear helmets, please.
– Roller Race Tournament
See who is the biggest, baddest sprinter in Bakersfield. Challenge friends and foes. Win for the bragging rights and prizes.
– Bike Swap Meet
Local folks will be able to sell, barter, and buy their bike-related odds and ends.Mosey through the vendor booths and enjoy some delicious fare. If you are interested in participating as a vendor,contact us at 661-321-9247. Share the event on Facebook. Come out and celebrate Bike Month with us!
Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 20 | 7PM from Bagels & Blenderz
The Ride of Silence is more of a procession as cyclists bike through the streets at no more than 12 mph in complete silence to commemorate those who have been injured or killed, to raise awareness, and ask that roads be shared. We want as many attendees as we can to show that we ARE present and we ask to share the road.
The ride will be approximately 8.5 miles long. The route includes the areas where two locals on bicycles, Victor Quiroz and Jose Roberto, have been tragically killed. A shorter ride option is available, but we encourage everyone to participate in the entire ride.
Helmets are MANDATORY, lights are recommended. Meet at the parking lot near Bagels & Blenderz at 6:30 PM for a reading of names of bicyclists that have been killed and to recite the Ride of Silence Poem. Wheels roll at 7 PM.
Thursday, May 21 | 5:30PM – Downtown Bakersfield
The Downtown Business Association’s Third Thursdays are back! Ride to the event and park your bike with us. We will also have roller bikes set up so you can challenge your family and friends to a roller race. The event will have food, music, and booths featuring local businesses. Come out and see the types of businesses and organizations that make Bakersfield great!
For 2015’s Bike to Work Day on May 14th, over 300 Energizer Stations will be located along local bike commute routes in all nine Bay Area counties to provide free beverages, snacks, and good cheer to bicyclists. Click here for a list of Energizer stations and check back here for more events.
Bike to School Week May 4th- 8th
Bike to Work Day May 15th
Ride of Silence
May 20th 7pm from 5th St Plaza
We will join the National Ride of Silence in honor of the FAR TOO MANY cyclists injured or killed by motorists on the roadway. We will depart at 7pm for a 5-7 mile silent group ride at 10-12 mph through lower park and back across town to the Kristina Chesterman ‘Ghost Bike’ at Hwy 32/Nord and Big Chico Creek. Bring a candle or leave a remembrance if you wish.
Eureka Bike to Work Day
May 21 – North Coast Co-op, 7 a.m.
Celebrate Bike to Work Day in Eureka on Thursday, May 21 at the North Coast Co-op’s morning energizer station, where cyclists wearing helmets will get free hot drinks, snacks and bike tune-ups from 7 to 9 a.m. Then join the crowd on two wheels for a rally at noon at the Old Town Gazebo for the Bike to Work Day rally. Meet fellow cyclists, enter free prize drawings, learn bike safety skills, and show community support for the bicycle as a fun and inexpensive transportation choice.
Scavenger Hunt Bike Ride
May 22 – Old Town Gazebo, 5:30 p.m.
Explore Old Town and the Eureka Waterfront on this alley-cat style ride. Be ready to explore new sites and challenge your creativity on this fun, family-friendly social ride. Bring a bike, helmet, and if you dare, dress in your best 1980s aerobic gear! Starts and ends at the Old Town Gazebo.
Humboldt Bike Shorts!
May 8 – Siren’s Song Tavern, 7 p.m.
The Bike Month Humboldt Coalition welcomes the community to the Humboldt Bike Shorts video showing and discussion. This year’s event will be held at the Siren’s Song Tavern at 325 2nd Street in Eureka from 7 – 9 p.m. Come enjoy a diversity of short films covering bicycle culture, commuting, cargo biking families, innovative bicycle infrastructure and videos just for fun. Get inspired and meet fellow community members at this “all ages” event.
OCTA Bike Rally
May 7 – 7:30 from Orange Metrolink Station to OCTA Headquarters
Join bicyclists and OCTA officials for a 3-mile bike ride through Old Town Orange to OCTA headquarters to show your support for bicycling and get a Bike Month 2015 T-shirt!
Bikes and Beauty
May 30th – iFixit Headquarters
On May 30th SLOBC host Bikes and Beauty, our Annual Bike Fashion Show. Late last year we put out a call looking for people interested in created bike-themed clothing, and at the end of Bike Month we’ll have a huge party featuring locally crafted wine and beer, food, a DJ and of course an awesome fashion show. Proceeds from the evening benefit the SLO County Bicycle Coalition. (Location: iFixit Headquarters, 1330 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. 6-9 PM)
MAY 6 – IS BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY!
Saturday May 9. Shasta Dam-Bridge Ride! On the Sacramento River Trail, 32 mile ($100 + contribution) and 10 mile ($20). A fundraising event to benefit a scholarship fund for Enterprise High School Seniors.
May 16-18 Lassen National Park Vehicle Free Weekend Enjoy walking, running, or biking on the 30-mile park highway during a vehicle free weekend before it opens to through traffic for the summer season. Read the handout to learn more about the vehicle free weekend.
MAY 15 2015. BIKE TO WORK DAY! – THE AMAZING START TO A NEW HABIT
Friday, May 15, 2015. Pancake Breakfast Redding Rodeo. Free pancakes and bicycle parking for people who ride their bikes to the breakfast! Courtesy of the Shasta Wheelman.
Friday, May 15, 2015. Bike to Happy Hour for Bike to Work Day. 4pm-8pm and beyond at Carnegie’s Restaurant in downtown Redding. For anyone curious about bicycling and best ideas. Come meet people who ride locally and swap ideas, tips and stories. Sponsored by Carnegies and Shasta Living Streets.
Saturday, May 16, 2015. Ride in the Redding Rodeo Parade. We ride too! Dress-up as a cowboy or in your favorite biking outfit and join others on their bicycles as we ride in the Redding Rodeo Parade. Hosted by the Shasta Wheelman and Shasta Living Streets.
Saturday, May 16, 2015. Whiskeytown Duathalon Shasta Mine Loop Parking Lot. 8:30 am, 3.0M Run, 8M Bike, 3.0M Run.
May 16, 2015. Anderson River Park Century. Ride starts at Anderson River Park and includes gradual climbs in the surrounding hills and beautiful scenery along the Sacramento river. Sponsored by the Enterprise and Anderson Lions Clubs.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Ride of Silence. World-wide event to honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. 7pm. Meet at the Sundail Bridge for a 10 mile slow ride. Hosted by the Shasta Wheelman.
Friday, May 22, 2015. Bike-in Movie Night Ride into downtown with your friends and families and enjoy the classic movie Breaking Away. In the Promenade, downtown Redding.