Happy Bike Month!

Happy May — or, I should say, happy Bike Month! For more than 50 years, communities across the country have been celebrating bicycling in the May sunshine, with events like Bike to Work Week, Bike to School Day, and the National Bike Challenge. It’s a time when many choose to start bicycling after rainy, cold winters, or when people become recommitted to the daily bike commute. We would like to highlight some of the many Bike to Work events happening around the state (in no particular order).

May 8th is Bike to Work Day for the Bay Area. Tweet #BTWD to your friends, join our social media push, and get some schwag at your Bay Area energizer station.

If you would like to add anything to this list, email ryan@calbike.org

CalBike Events:

Bay Lights for Better Bikeways – May 7, San Francisco

Bike Advocacy Day – May 21, Sacramento

LA House Party – May 31, Los Angeles

Ride of Silence events:

On May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Thousands of bicycle users will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor bicyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public streets.

There are already Ride of Silence events in: Bakersfield, Davis, Fullerton, Gardena, Long Beach, Tiburon, Oxnard, Redding, Richmond, Sacramento, San Clemente, San Francisco, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura. Join us in honoring bicyclists in your area.

San Francisco:

It’s the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is celebrating biking all May long. With more than 75 events, May is jam-packed with bike events. The SF Bicycle Coalition has packed the calendar with 31 days of great bike rides. See the full list of events at sfbike.org/bikemonth:

Bike to Work Day – Thursday, May 8

Social Events – Crafts + Craft Beer – May 3

Social Rides:

Pedals To Produce – Urban Agriculture Tour – May 4

3rd Annual Dumpling Tour – May 10

Women’s Rides

Weekly SF2G’s First Friday Friendly Frolics (FFFFs) – usually just once a month

SF Cycling Club Coffee Ride – Every Friday

Bike Talks

Treehouse Talks: How to Win Your Arguments About Bike Lanes – May 15

Crowdfunding the Bike Industry – May 22

Silicon Valley:

Get ready to ride to work on Bike to Work Day. Find your Silicon Valley Energizer Station and stop by to grab your tote bag and some refreshments. Celebrate your car-free commute at our Bike to Work Day blowout bash! Before you bike back home, come party with Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition in the gleaming San José City Hall Rotunda, hosted by the Department of Transportation. Grab your bike and book it to our Bike Away From Work Bash for food, beer, and live music. Dress smart – this year’s theme is “Dress like your bike.” Come in cruiser cool, urban cycling chic, two-wheeling tweed, or however you want to represent your cycling style.

East Bay:

The East Bay is bursting with events this Bike Month! Ride to the biggest post Bike to Work Day party at Bike Happy Hour in Old Oakland, meet and ride with celebrated bike-author Elly Blue or your elected representatives, ride in a Cinco de Mayo parade or the Major Taylor Fiesta in Richmond and find family rides from Lafayette and Walnut Creek down to Fremont. Visit BikeEastBay.org/calendar for a full list of events. And don’t forget SessionFest, our latest and greate st annual beer event with Drake’s Brewery!

Ride in the Cinco de Mayo Parade – May 3 – 9:30am – 11:30am, San Pablo and Richmond

Bike Tour With Congressman Swalwell – May 3 – 10:00am – 12:00pm, East Dublin/Pleasanton BART

Bike Blessing – May 3 – 1:00pm, Civic Center Park, Berkeley

Bike Happy Hour – The best post-Bike to Work Day party in the Bay!  – May 8 – 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Old Oakland

Elly Blue Bike Ride and Book Read – May 10 – 10:15am, Oakland Public Library

Cyclofemme ride – May 11 – 1:00pm, Mosswood Park, Oakland

SessionFest – May 17 – 12:00pm- 4:00pm, Jack London Square, Oakland

Tour de Lafayette – May 18 – 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Lafayette

Bike to the Theatre Night at Berkeley Rep! – May 23 – 6:00pm, MacArthur BART

Major Taylor Bike Fiesta – May 24 – 11:00am – 3:00pm, Richmond Civic Center Plaza

Hella Big Bike Party III – May 31 – 7:00pm – 11:59pm, Richmond BART

Ohlone Greenway Fun Fest – May 31 (All day), El Cerrito Ohlone Greenway


Check out Sacramento area events on the May is Bike Month website.  Although we celebrate the whole month we usually also do something special on actual BTWD (May 15th).  http://www.mayisbikemonth.com/events.asp

Santa Barbara:

Bike to School Day May 7th!

Women on Wheels no Drop Ride- May 7th

The Tweed Ride – May 8th

The 805 Criterium Weekend– May 8,9,10

Mother’s Day Family Ride & Tea Party– May 11th

Amgen Tour of California Finish and Pre-Party– May 14th and 15th

Velo Wings Awards– May 15th


In addition to celebrating BTWD in Napa County with 1o energizer stations, Napa CBC kicked of Bike Month with Napa Bike Fest on Sunday, April 27. Lots of action shots on the Napa Bike Pinterest page.

At Bike Fest Napa CBC crowned the Grand April Fools, the winners of our April Fools Challenge, which was a county-wide riding competition which raised money for the Family Resource Centers of Napa County. The riders used the National Bike Challenge website and accumulated 6,371 miles of riding during April. Many of those folks are continuing to log their miles as part of the National Bike Challenge.

Our major event for Bike Month is taking nearly every elected official serving Napa County to Davis for a fact-finding visit on May 10. These folks are looking forward to learning how being a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Community has benefited the town of Davis.

Los Angeles:

Handlebar HappyhourBike to Work Day is Thursday, May 15th. In addition to finding us at our morning pit stops, join LACBC and our local chapters for Handlebar Happy Hour!

We’ll be hanging out and enjoying good grub to celebrate bicycling! Join us for many of the Handlebar Happy Hours throughout L.A. County

Echo Park hosted by LACBC – May 15 – 6 pm to 8 pm
Mohawk Bend – 2141 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026

Glendale hosted by Walk Bike Glendale – May 15 – 5:30 pm
Left Coast Wine Bar – 117 East Harvard, Glendale, 91205

Claremont hosted by Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition – May 15 – 5 pm to 8 pm
The Press – 129 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, 91711

Santa Clarita hosted by Santa Clarita Valley Bicycle Coalition – May 15 – 3 pm to 7 pm
Schooners Patio Grille – 22903 Soledad Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, 91350

Santa Monica hosted by Santa Monica Spoke – Thursday, May 15 – 5 pm
Ristorante Al Mare – 250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 90401

San Diego:

photoSDCBC kicked off National Bike Month in grand style this morning with a Press Conference attended by dozens of bicyclists, great media coverage and public officials. Pictured here are San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilmembers Gloria and Harris and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. Worth noting that our (new) Mayor and (new) Police Chief are both avid cyclists.

San Diego Energizer stations on BTWD May 16th

From San Diego County Bicycle Coalition- Bike Month Calendar of Events

Bike Month Kickoff Ride and Press Conference – May 1

Bike Train on University Avenue – May 2

Pedal to the Park – May 4

giveBIG Day (virtual event) – Help SDCBC raise $2,000 in one day to support bicycle advocacy and education. – May 6

Bike to School Day – May 7

Bike Fiesta – May 10

Cyclofemme Ride – May 11

Electric Bicycles Seminar – May 15

Bike to Work Day – SDCBC is hosting 2 pit stops this year. Be sure to visit them at the new park at the County Administration Building or at the corner of University and Normal Street in Hillcrest on May 16th.

River Days Bike Ride – May 18

Member Picnic – Get to know your fellow Bike Coalition members and staff at a casual casual, family friendly picnic. – May 31

Santa Cruz:

Bike to Work Day is almost here! Kick off the festivities this Friday with a bike-themed First Friday at the Museum of Art and History, featuring bike arts and crafts, hand-built frames, bike decorating and parades, and local bike organizations. Bike Week features the new event Cycle and Dine, where bicyclists receive discounts at local restaurants, as well as a bike commuting workshop at Epicenter Cycling, a Friday night Bike Party, and of course, free breakfast at 15 sites around the county on May 8th. See you on the road! Santa Cruz Bike to Work

San Luis Obispo:

Rideshare’s Bike Month Kick Off – May 1st 7 – 10 pm – Screening of Bike Happening documentary followed by Bike Happening ride.
Lincoln Market & Deli, 496 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Bike Fest – May 10th 12:30 – 4 pm – Cheap beer, great food, live music and raffle prizes, including a limited edition New Belgium Cruiser bicycle.
Branch St Deli, 203 E Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Tweed Ride – May 11th 1-4 pm – Jaunt about town in your best turn of the century attire on vintage velocipedes. We’ll end at Triangle Park for lawn games, iced tea and a great time.
Triangle Park, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Bike to Work Day – May 16th – Energizer Stations will provide fuel and inspiration to riders around the county, rideshare.org/BikeMonth2014.

Bike Happy Film Screening – May 21st 6 – 9 pm – The Third Annual Bicycle Happy Hour with a screening of cycling classic A Sunday in Hell. $10 donation, benefiting SLOCBC.
Park Cinemas, 1100 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93466

Bike-In Movie: Frozen, May 30th 7:30 – 10:00 pm – Our 10th Annual Bike-In Movie event is sure to the biggest yet. We’re screening Disney’s Frozen, under the stars, with popcorn, hot chocolate and our free Bike Valet. Grab a family and friends, bike on down to Mission Plaza, roll out your blanket and enjoy!
Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Pedal to Paella VI – May 31st, 2014 5 – 10 pm – An evening of alley and backstreet riding (cruisers and junkers are best) that includes live music and food. BYOB! Also bring plates, cups, a paella ingredient and a side dish to share.
Santa Margarita Park, Santa Margarita, CA 93453


Now in their 12th year, BikeChico! is a collection of bike-related events hosted by various organizations in our community, overseen by the Butte Bicycle Coalition. Come on out to some of these great, fun events (most are FREE!). Go to www.bikechico.org for more info!

Seersucker (all ages) and Little Nipper (under 12) ride May 4th: Meet at 5th St Plaza 10 am (Kids bike decorating at 9:30am)


Chico Bike Music Festival Jun 7: Pedal powered local bands! Bike valet parking! Don’t miss it!

Walk and Roll Wednesdays – kids bike to school every Wednesday in May, compete for raffle prizes!

Energizer Station – for bike commuters – at 2nd and Flume St every Wednesday in May!

Sonoma County Bike to Work

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