May is 2014 Bike Month! Get out and Celebrate the Bike!

I Bike SLC Banners will go up in downtown Salt Lake City starting May 4, 2014.
I Bike SLC Banners will go up in downtown Salt Lake City starting May 4, 2014.

By Dave Iltis

Bikes are in the air and on the road and dirt! It’s Utah Bike Month!! And, it’s time to celebrate the bike. May has been designated as National Bike Month since 1956, and the third Friday of May is National Bike to Work Day. This year, there are over 45 events happening in Utah.

Consider attending Bike Prom, a fundraiser for the Bicycle Collective, on May 10. Dress up in style, and ride your bike to the big dance.

On May 11, Mother’s Day, the annual Cyclofemme rides are happening. These rides are casual, supportive events by women for women, and are scheduled throughout the world. In Utah, there are four rides scheduled as we go to press.

On May 16, the UTA Bike Bonanza returns to the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. This event features booths, a kids’ rodeo, kids helmet giveaways, prizes, a bmx show, repair stands, and packet pickup for the Cycle Salt Lake Century and more! Also on May 16 is the annual Gallery Roll featuring Bicycle Art, held at the Salt Lake City Bicycle Company from 6-9 pm.

Riverdale has a full complement of events, as does Ogden and Salt Lake City.

This is the month to ride to work too. Ride to Work Days are scheduled in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Orem, Provo, Park City, and Springville City. If you miss this, you can commit to riding your bike to work by participating in the National Bike Challenge. Bike to Work week is May 11-16 this year.

On May 21, honor those that have been hit or killed by cars in the Ride of Silence. There are currently two rides scheduled – one in Salt Lake City, and one in Provo.

The Road Respect Tour kicks off on May 28th in Southern Utah. The ride is designed to bring bike safety and respect on the road to communities throughout the state. This year’s ride and events will reach Ivins, Torrey and Moab in the South, and Summit County, Coalville, Park City, Morgan, and Logan in the North. The host communities will be implementing bike and driver safety programs.

It’s May, so get out and ride!

Declaration of Utah Bicycling Month by Gov. Gary Herbert
Declaration of Utah Bicycling Month by Gov. Gary Herbert

Governor Gary Herbert has declared this as Utah Bicycling Month. The text reads as follows:

Declaration

Whereas, for about 150 years, bicycling has been a simple and efficient method of transportation and a fun recreational activity, as well as a beneficial physical exercise;

Whereas, as a mode of transportation, the bicycle is the most efficient, affordable vehicle created, producing no emissions and requiring minimum space for parking and storage;

Whereas, as a recreational activity or sport, bicycling can be enjoyed both by families and individuals, offering opportunities for the young and old to explore hundreds of miles of bike trails both in urban and rustic settings throughout Utah, or to participate in bicycle racing;

Whereas, as a form of physical exercise, biking three hours per week can help people lose weight, increase strength and physical fitness, and improve cardiovascular health; and

Whereas, the State of Utah applauds efforts to educate all Utah residents about the benefits of biking and encourages individuals and families to ride a bicycle as much as possible;

Now, therefore, I, Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah, do hereby declare May 2014 as

Utah Bicycling Month

Gary R. Herbert

Governor

May is Bike Month!

April 25, 2014 — Utah Bike Summit: Utah – Bike Friendly, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, The sixth annual Utah Bike Summit brings together bicycle users, bicycle and trail advocates, representatives from our bike industries, cycling event promoters, city planners, representatives from Utah’s tourism industry, local and state government officials with one common goal, to promote biking in Utah. Find out what has been accomplished, network with others who are moving efforts along, and find out what you can do to keep us rolling towards #1., Phil Sarnoff, 801-440-3729, [email protected], utahbikesummit.com, bikeutah.org

April 26, 2014 — Tweed Ride, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Come prepared to mozie around the city on your finest velocipede, while dressed in your best early 1900’s threads. Congregate at Library Square at 5pm and enjoy a scenic ride around Salt Lake City., Christy Jensen, 801-935-4605, [email protected], saltcycle.com

May 1-19, 2014 — Bike to Work or School Challenge, Utah Bike Month, Riverdale, UT, Starting May 1, track your miles ridden for utility, to, from, or through Riverdale. Winners will be recognized at the Live Fit closing ceremony on Monday May 19, 2014 at the Golden Spike Park. endomondo.com/challenges/14159462, Micheal Staten, 801-589-2686, [email protected], riverdalecity.com/departments/recreation/Bike/Bike_Week.html

May 2, 2014 — Ogden Mayor’s Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, 8:00 a.m. at A1 parking lot near the Social Science bldg at WSU, Free pancake breakfast at City Hall, 2549 Washington Blvd. We will be riding from WSU to the river parkway and following thet river parkway to the frontrunner station before finishing at City Municipal building for a media event and breakfast. Passport event, Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], utarideshare.com, ogdencity.com

May 3, 2014 — Live Green Festival, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, 11th Annual, Sustainable Living Festival, 11 am to 5 pm at Library Plaza, 210 E. 400 South, Downtown Salt Lake City. 100+ exhibitors, live auction, solar-powered beer garden, live music, organic food, kids’ eco-activities, film presentation, eco-fashion show and more., Mike Johnson, 801-994-1844, [email protected], downtownslc.org, livegreenslc.com

May 3, 2014 — Tour de Brewtah, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, A tour of the local micro-breweries in the valley to support local non-profit agencies., Tim Stempel, 602-463-1547, [email protected], Cynthia Stringham, 801-535-6167, [email protected], tourdebrewtah.org

May 3, 2014 — OpenStreets Salt Lake City – Ci.SLC.lovia, Cancelled until later in 2014, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Designed to engage new people in bicycling and physical activity. The event will temporarily open a route of city streets exclusively to walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation. Includes activities such as exercise classes, dance classes, music, food, games and other attractions along the iconic downtown corridor of 300 South/Broadway between the City & County Building and the Rio Grande Depot. Coincides with the LiveGreen Festival, happening at the east end of the route., Cynthia Stringham, 801-535-6167, [email protected], bikeslc.com, thegallivancenter.com

May 5-9, 2014 — Gear Up for Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Davey Davis, 801-fat-bike, [email protected], bicyclecollective.org

May 7, 2014 — National Bike to School Day, Utah Bike Month, Everywhere, UT, A day to climb out of the motor vehicle and onto your bike on your way to school., Jan Maynard, 801-287-2065, [email protected],

May 9, 2014 — Salt Lake Bike Party, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Salt Lake Bike Party is an all-ages, all-abilities group bicycle ride through Salt Lake City. We encourage safe and respectful riding behavior to foster a cooperative relationship with Salt Lake City motorists. We want: To ride safely and follow all traffic rules; To build a strong community of bicyclists; To foster mutual respect between bicyclists and motorists; To have fun – Smile, wave, laugh, meet new people, bring some music along. May’s theme is Twins: introduce a new person to group bicycle rides and then dress alike., Jack Lasley, [email protected], Phil Sarnoff, 801-440-3729, [email protected], facebook.com/SLCBikeParty

May 9, 2014 — Utah City Criterium, Great Western Cycling Series / Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, Held in downtown Odgen – starting at 4:00pm with the first of 5 races. This will be a great venue for spectators., Dirk Cowley, 801-699-5126, [email protected], racedayeventmanagement.com

May 9, 2014 — Ogden Criterium Viewing Party, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, City Cycle will host a viewing part for the Downtown criterium race , bike valet, tents, 80’s skate music.  Utah City Criterium, Great Western Cycling Series, Held in downtown Odgen starting at 4:00pm with the first of 5 races. This will be a great venue for spectators. Passport event, Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], ogdencity.com

May 10-17, 2014 — Utah Bike Week, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Week-long festival with bike races, Bike Bonanza, Cycle Salt Lake Century Ride, Bike to Work Day, and more., Jon Smith, 801-596-8430, [email protected], cyclingutah.com/event-calendars/bicycling-events-swaps-and-festivals/

May 10, 2014 — The Ghost Ride, Utah Bike Month, Tooele, UT, The Ghost Ride is a 100 or 62 mile cycling tour of Utah’s Tooele Valley. Honoring the cyclists who are no longer with us, we begin with a short ride of silence and then enjoy a ride of celebration as we visit small towns, scenic vistas and rolling hills in Utah’s west desert terrain., Jared Eborn, 801-599-9268, [email protected], theghostride.com, Online Registration

May 10, 2014 — Bike Prom, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Bike Prom, the Bicycle Collective’s annual fancy shindig. Pierpont Place, 163 W. Pierpont Ave. Wear your prom outfits. Pre-prom ride: Liberty Park (Northeast corner) 6:00pm, Syhalla Bales, 801-815-5508, [email protected], Jace Burbidge, 801-328-2453, [email protected], bicyclecollective.org, bikeprom.com

May 10, 2014 — Cyclofemme Ride, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Non-competitive fun ride to celebrate bicycles, women, and the men who support women. Everyone is welcome. Bring: you, loved ones/friends/family, your bike, helmet, hydration/nutrition and a great attitude! Ladies: 1 pm at the courthouse on University and Center St for a ride to Joaquin Park. Gentlemen: 1:30 pm at Joaquin Park 400 N and 400 E for a picnic and to show support for women on bikes, Heather Skabelund, 971-404-1557, [email protected], Sam Layco, [email protected], cyclofemme.com

May 11, 2014 — Cyclofemme Ride – Saturday Cycles, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Non-competitive fun ride to celebrate bicycles, women, and the men who support women. Everyone is welcome. Bring: you, loved ones/friends/family, your bike, helmet, hydration/nutrition and a great attitude!, Christy Jensen, 801-935-4605, [email protected], cyclofemme.com

May 11, 2014 — Cyclofemme Ride, Utah Bike Month, Magna, UT, Join us for a casual and family friendly ride to honor all women in our lives. Everyone is welcomed! This ride will take us through Historic Magna Main Street starting and ending at The Empress Theatre, 9104 W 2700 S. Route is about 6 miles. We’ll gather afterwards to enjoy refreshment and beautiful Historic Magna Main Street. Fundraiser for Karma Bike Shop. Start at 2 pm., Dijana Alickovic, , cyclofemme.com, facebook.com/events/635773859827930

May 11, 2014 — Cyclofemme Ride, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Celebrate being a woman! This will be a casual (not fast) city ride (8 miles or so). Wear what you feel great in on this no-drop ride. All women are welcome. Meet at the City/County Building on the 200 E side at 2:00 on May 11. Flowers, costumes, and general awesomeness encouraged., Elicia Cardenas, [email protected], cyclofemme.com

May 12-16, 2014 — Bike to Work and School Week, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, Encouraging cycling with information booths at the CVTD Transit Center and USU. Refreshments, tuneups and educational materials. Everyday from 7:30 – 9:30 am., Stephanie Tomlin, 435-797-8139, [email protected], aggiebluebikes.org

May 12, 2014 — Bicycle Rodeo , Utah Bike Month, Riverdale , UT, 6:00pm Riverdale Park Ampitheater (4300 South Parker Drive): Bicycle Rodeo and 30 minute ride on bike lanes and mixed use path for kids 12 and under and their parents, street skills instruction and 45 minute ride on the streets, through roundabouts, intersections, bike lanes etc. for basic for-commuting and for-fitness street riding skills., Micheal Staten, 801-589-2686, [email protected], riverdalecity.com/departments/recreation/Bike/Bike_Week.html

May 12, 2014 — Road Respect Press Conference, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, 10:00am on the State Capitol steps. Meet at 9:30am in Memory Grove for a group ride up to the capitol., Keri Gibson, 801-243-7571, [email protected], utah.gov

May 12-16, 2014 — Utah Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, All, UT, State employees across Utah are being encouraged to use their bikes to get to work this week. This could include using their bikes in conjunction with public transportation as a means of reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips. This effort is a way to raise awareness about active transportation options available to commuters., Muriel Xochimitl, 801-965-3886, [email protected], udot.utah.gov

May 13, 2014 — Salt Lake County and City Mayor’s Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, A mellow ride with Mayor Ben McAdams / Mayor Ralph Becker and other city mayors under police escort from Liberty Park to the County Complex and then to the City & County Building in downtown Salt Lake City. Liberty Park (700 E 900 S, Tracy Aviary) to the Salt Lake County Government Center (2100 S State St) then continuing to the City & County Building (451 S State St), 7:30 am., Colin Quinn-Hurst, 801-535-6134, [email protected], Cynthia Stringham, 801-535-6167, [email protected], bicycle.slco.org

May 13, 2014 — UTA Bike to Work Day in Orem City, Utah Bike Month, Orem, UT, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Canyon Park Technology Center (adjacent to the UVU Culinary Court, Building “L”) underneath the canopy tent, Technology Way/Timpanogos Parkway in Orem, Free breakfast. Bike ride begins at 8:15 a.m. sharp and is approx. 2.5 miles along the Murdock Canal Trail., Stacey Adamson, 801-227-8958, [email protected], utarideshare.com, rideuta.com

May 13, 2014 — Ride with the Mayor, Utah Bike Month, Riverdale , UT, 6:00pm City Offices (4600 South Weber River Drive): Join the mayor and council for a ride up and down the Weber River Parkway trail. Learn about what other recreational opportunities there are along the trail, including mountain biking, disc golf, BMX jumps, kayaking, tubing etc. Also, learn about the city’s newly completed Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan., Micheal Staten, 801-589-2686, [email protected], riverdalecity.com/departments/recreation/Bike/Bike_Week.html

May 14, 2014 — UTA Bike to Work Day in Provo City, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Historic County Courthouse (west lawn) off of University Avenue/Center Street in Provo, Utah. Free food, bike swag, and bike safety checkups. Police Escorted Bike Ride with Mayor Curtis begins at 8:00 a.m. sharp and is approx. 3 miles long around town., Stacey Adamson, 801-227-8958, [email protected], utarideshare.com, rideuta.com

May 14, 2014 — Cycle Salt Lake Century Ride Packet Stuffing, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, We will be stuffing the rider packets at the Gallivan Center Stage at 5:00 p.m. FREE Pizza from Papa John’s after stuffing., Jon Smith, 801-596-8430, [email protected], cyclesaltlakecentury.com

May 14, 2014 — Bicycling for Fitness, Bicycling for Commuting, Utah Bike Month, Riverdale , UT, 6:30pm, Riverdale Community Center if inclement weather, Riverdale Park Upper Pavilion if clear (4300 South Parker Drive): Introductory workshops: Have you thought about riding for fitness-maybe even training for a triathlon or long distance ride, but need some advice getting started? Or are you looking for an alternative to driving to work but worry about how to make it to work? We’ll have experienced, normal people helping you sort it out., Micheal Staten, 801-589-2686, [email protected], riverdalecity.com/departments/recreation/Bike/Bike_Week.html

May 15, 2014 — Bicycle Pit Stops, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Six pit stops located throughout Salt Lake City, including the U. and Sugar House, on popular bicycle commuting routes. Snacks, safety information, and bike maps will be provided., Colin Quinn-Hurst, 801-535-6134, [email protected], Phil Sarnoff, 801-440-3729, [email protected], bikeslc.com

May 15, 2014 — Basic Bicycle Maintenance and Adjustment, Utah Bike Month, Riverdale , UT, 6:30pm, Riverdale Community Center if inclement weather, Riverdale Park Upper Pavilion if clear (4300 South Parker Drive): Don’t let flats stop you or misadjusted brakes or shifters slow you down – learn the basics about what you can do yourself, including what tools you need at home and on the ride., Micheal Staten, 801-589-2686, [email protected], riverdalecity.com/departments/recreation/Bike/Bike_Week.html

May 16, 2014 — UTA Bike Bonanza, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Free to public Bike Bonanza, 4pm-8pm at the Gallivan Center SLC. Entertainment, prizes, booths, and more. Bring family, bring friends!, Jan Maynard, 801-287-2065, [email protected], Cheryl Anderson, 801-287-2062, [email protected], utarideshare.com, rideuta.com

May 16, 2014 — Bike Art Gallery Roll, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Salt Lake City, Utah Bicycle Culture theme, Opening at Salt Lake City Bicycle Company, 6-9 pm in conjunction with SLC Gallery Stroll, 247 S. 500 E., Gallery Roll to other downtown galleries., Brent Hulme, 801-746-8366, [email protected], galleryroll.com

May 16, 2014 — National Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Everywhere, UT, A day to climb out of the motor vehicle and onto your bike on your way to work., Jan Maynard, 801-287-2065, [email protected],

May 16, 2014 — Mountain Biking Basic Skills Workshop, Utah Bike Month, Riverdale , UT, 5:00pm Riverdale BMX Park (4800 South Weber River Drive): Mountain Biking Basic Skills Workshop and group ride. Learn the skills of the trade including cornering and taking lumps, bumps, and even jumps, then join the Ogden Cycling Education Foundation for a 4 miles relatively flat beginner-technical level ride through flowing single track with banked curves through the forest and plains along Weber River., Micheal Staten, 801-589-2686, [email protected], riverdalecity.com/departments/recreation/Bike/Bike_Week.html

May 17, 2014 — Cycle Salt Lake Century Ride, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Fairpark, SLC, Salt Lake to Antelope Island and back, 37, 67, or 106 mile options. 7:30 AM Mass start time. Registration opens at 6:00 AM., Jon Smith, 801-596-8430, [email protected], cyclesaltlakecentury.com, Online Registration

May 17, 2014 — UTA Bike To Work Day in Springville City, Utah Bike Month, Springville City, UT, 9:30 a.m. breakfast / 10:00 a.m. bike ride with the Mayor around town. Opening of the Splash Pad at the Springville Civic Center to follow the ride. Springville Civic Center – 110 South Main Street, Free food, bike swag, and bike safety checkups., Stacey Adamson, 801-227-8958, [email protected], utarideshare.com, rideuta.com

May 21, 2014 — Ride of Silence, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Cyclists will take to the roads, escorted in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways, 7 pm, Gallivan Center. Bike ride at 10 to 12 mph, mostly flat or minimum grade, about 11 miles., Tegan Feudale, 717-503-4275, [email protected], rideofsilence.org

May 21, 2014 — Ride of Silence, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, 7 pm, Cyclists will take to the roads, escorted in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. (New Location) Dixon Middle School in Provo (750 W 200 N) on at 7 pm., Blu Robinson, 801-319-7218, 801-426-8800, [email protected], Lucy Ordaz, 801-787-4384, [email protected], rideofsilence.org

May 24, 2014 — SLUG Cat, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Alleycat race. Registration at Saturday Cycles, 3pm. Awards at Diabolical Records, 7:30pm. All riders welcome!, Esther Merono, 801-487-9221, [email protected], Carl Acheson, 801-487-9221, [email protected], slugmag.com

May 24, 2014 — Ogden Bike Park Grand Opening, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, Sat Morning 9am – 12noon – flap jack fun. Rider demos and skills instruction, music and lots of bike riding fun. Trailhead at the top of Ninth street. Passport event, Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], ogdencity.com

May 28-31, 2014 — Road Respect Southern Utah Tour, Road Respect Bike Tour, Utah Bike Month, Ivins, UT, The Road Respect Bike Tour is a series of organized rides (free to public) focused on roadway safety and respect between cars and bikes. Ride details with routes on the website provided., Keri Gibson, 801-243-7571, [email protected], utah.gov, roadrespect.utah.gov

May 29-31, 2014 — Weber Pathways Puncture Vine Cleanup, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, Weber Pathways puncture vine cleanup – 29th – Huntsville guard station, 30th – Gear 30 parking lot, 31st – Eden North fork park, Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], ogdencity.com

May 30, 2014 — Bike To Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Park City, UT, Heinrich Deters, 435-649-8710, 435-659-1188 , [email protected], Dawn Bowling, 435-649-6839, [email protected], mountaintrails.org, basinrecreation.com

May 30, 2014 — Ogden Fixit Station Ribbon Cutting and Puncture Vine Cleanup, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, 9 am followed by the Weber Pathways puncture vine cleanup along the parkway meeting at Gear 30 parking lot. Passport event, Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], ogdencity.com

May 31, 2014 — Get Into the River, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Come learn about the animals and habitats supported by the river and how communities and individuals are enjoying it each and every day. There will be educational and recreational demonstrations during the festivities. Bring your bikes, your strollers, and your walking shoes and experience the Jordan River Parkway!, Laura Hanson, [email protected], getintotheriver.org

May 31, 2014 — Moab Road Respect Rally and Pathway Opening, Utah BIke Month, Moab, UT, At the intersection of Hwy 191 with hwy 128 there is a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Lion’s Park Transit Hub and Colorado River Pathway paved path going up Hwy 128 toward the bottom of Porcupine Rim Trail that empties onto Hwy 128. Plus there will be a bike parade on the new trail, plus Western Spirit’s Annual Rodeo will be set up there in the transit hub to bring bike safety to children, give bikes to Moab local children that are donated from Locals, Fix a flat demonstration, a culmination of wrapping up Bike Month. 8-1 pm includes free pancake breakfast. This is the culmination of a $10 million project., Michele Hill, 435-259-1340, [email protected],

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