May is 2019 Bike Month in the West! Full Calendar of Events!

By Dave Iltis

What better time to ride your bike than May! And May is Bike Month! The League of American Bicyclists established May as Bike Month in 1956, and for the last 63 years, America has celebrated the bike with festivals, rides, Open Streets, Cyclofemme rides, Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day, Bike Parties, Commuter Pit Stops, Bike Swaps, and more. And, somberly recognized our fallen cyclists with the Ride of Silence (for local rides on May 15, see rideofsilence.org). 

 

Cycling West compiles as many Bike Month events that we know of in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, and Arizona. This year, we present 44 events for your cycling enjoyment.

Ride your bike to save the earth, for better health for you, for fun and transportation, for competition, and for the simple joy of pedaling.

May is Bike Month! See you out there!

We present a calendar of regional events below:

April 27, 2019Trail Prom, Utah Bike Month, St. George, UT, Celebrating bikes, our trails, our community. A free, easy, no-drop community bike ride followed by a formal dance party at Snake Hollow Bike Park, 1144 N 2400 W, 4 PM. Wear your best formal attire!, Judith Rognli, 435-574-9304, [email protected], bicyclecollective.org/st-george-events/, facebook.com/STGBC/

April 30-June 25, 2019Babes with Babes on Bikes, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Come join other bike-loving families on a friendly bike ride exploring bikeways and parks. Fantastic family time, great socializing opportunity, fun workout, and very eco-friendly. This ride will meet every Tuesday at 10am at Joaquin Park and end at the 11am storytime at Provo Library., Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org, facebook.com/events/2210030759043009/

May 1, 2019Bike to Work Day in Provo City, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Provo businesses will host stations located throughout the city and hand out free breakfast, drinks, and other treats to people who arrive by bike from 7:30 – 9:00 am. (Provo City’s breakfast station will be open at 6:30 am for early bird riders.) Pick up some breakfast and coffee, get to know your fellow commuters, have your bike looked at by a pro mechanic, and connect with the Provo Bike Committee and other community volunteers., Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org, facebook.com/events/272554273280249/

May 1-31, 2019Reno Commuter Challenge, Bike Month, Reno Bike Week, Reno, NV, Commute by bike in Washoe County. Log your miles, Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance , 775-323-4488, [email protected], bikewashoe.org

May 1-31, 2019Provo Bike Month, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Tons of great rides, events, and festivals throughout May, organized by Bike Provo and the Provo Bicycle Collective, Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org

May 1-31, 2019St. George Bike Month, Utah Bike Month, St. George, UT, Various events throughout St. George to celebrate Bike Month, bikedixie.org

May 1-31, 2019Bike Photo Show, Utah Bike Month, Millcreek, UT, The fine art bike photos of William Athey will be on display at the Millcreek Library for all of May, 2250 East Evergreen Avenue., None , [email protected], slcolibrary.org/gl/glal/libraryMillcreek.htm

May 3, 2019Bike In Movie, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Provo Bicycle Collective, 9 pm, Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org

May 3, 2019Bike to Art Stroll, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Ride your bike to Downtown Provo’s monthly Art Stroll to check out fantastic local artwork and shop at our fun and unique downtown businesses. 6-9 pm., Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org

May 4, 2019Tour de Brewtah, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, A tour of the city highlighting Salt Lake's great bicycle infrastructure, engaged community, and craft beers., Becky Van Horsen, 801-484-4128, [email protected], tourdebrewtah.com

May 4, 2019Reno Bike Swap, Bike Month, Reno Bike Week, Reno, NV, Biggest Little Bike Swap. Idlewild Park. Buy or sell a bike and benefit the Kiwanis Club and the Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership., Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance , 775-323-4488, [email protected], bikewashoe.org

May 4, 2019Cycle de Mayo, tentative date, Utah Bike Month, Riverdale , UT, Promotes bicycling versus driving for light shopping and dining. The purpose is to make more people aware of how pathways available to citizens throughout the Weber County area can sometimes provide more convenient access to those businesses. Noon to 4 pm, Riverdale Town Square, bike valet, swag bags, prizes, and more!, Mark Benigni, 801-393-2304, [email protected], Micheal Staten, 801-589-2686, [email protected], riverdalecity.com/departments/recreation/Flyers/Cycle%20De%20Mayo%20Event%202018.pdf, facebook.com/Riverdale-City-Utah-181710475200673/

May 4, 2019Brunch on Bikes, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Join a representative from Mad Dog Cycles for a cruise around town, stopping at many great restaurants along the way. Meet at Pioneer Park for departure. Anticipated stops include Provo Bakery, Ivie Juice Bar, Bianca’s La Petite, Peace on Earth Cafe, Fillings and Emulsions, and Hruska’s Kolaches., Randy Gibb, 801-222-9577, [email protected], Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org

May 8, 2019National 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., None , [email protected], walkbiketoschool.org

May 9, 2019Bicycle Pit Stops – Bike to Work, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Morning commuter pit stops throughout Salt Lake City on popular bicycle routes. Snacks, safety info, bike maps. See facebook the week before for locations., Salt Lake City Transportation , 801-535-6630, [email protected], bikeslc.com, facebook.com/bikeslc

May 11, 2019Reno River Roll, Bike Month, Reno Bike Week, Reno, NV, A seven mile family-friendly slow roll along the Truckee River. Costumes welcome, Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance , 775-323-4488, [email protected], bikewashoe.org, renoriverfestival.com/reno-river-roll

May 11, 2019Golden Spoke, Utah Bike Month, Wasatch Front, UT, This second annual cycling event features 100 miles of interconnected trail systems across the Wasatch Region from Provo to Ogden, Utah. This year's theme also highlights the theme of the Spike 150 celebration of the completion of transcontinental railroad. Rides of various lengths — with 100 mile, 75 mile, 50 mile, 25 mile, 10 mile and 1.5 mile segments — will feature connections with local communities around various historic and contemporary railroad themes. Some stretches of trail in Utah, Davis and Weber County, will also include rails to trails cycling paths. The rides are geared for fun and community engagement rather than competition, and are planned to accommodate riders of all ages and abilities., Heidi Goedhart, 801-783-8426, [email protected], goldenspokeutah.org

May 12-18, 2019Boise Bike Week, Bike Month, Boise, ID, A celebration of cycling in all of its forms, Boise Bike Week take place in the middle of National Bike Month and recognizes National Bike to Work Day on Friday May 18th. There is something for everyone: Bike to Work day, week, happy hours, bike to vote, bike in movie, bike fair, bike rodeo, Mountain bike clinics, gravel rides, movies, women's rides, Bike to Work Breakfast, Market rides and commuter seminars. It all culminates with a big block party on Saturday May 20 in downtown Boise. Come ride with us! facebook.com/BoiseBikeWeek, Lisa Brady, 208-761-8507, [email protected], boisebikeweek.org, biketreasurevalley.org

May 12, 2019Cyclofemme Ride, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Women's only ride. Join us for the 6th Annual CycloFemme ride. We are teaming up with the Provo Bicycle Collective and Provo City to make this ride a great. This will be a casual ride for all ages. The ride will start at the Provo Bike Collective, 397 E 200 N, Provo, UT 84606, 6-7 pm, Heather Skabelund, 971-404-1557, [email protected], Jennifer Messenger, [email protected], cyclofemme.com, bikeprovo.org

May 12, 2019Cyclofemme Reno, Bike Month, Reno Bike Week, Reno, NV, Riders of any gender, join the casual six mile ride to celebrate all women, Meet at 9am at the BELIEVE sculpture in Reno City Plaza, Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance , 775-323-4488, [email protected], bikewashoe.org

May 12, 2019Cyclofemme Ride, Bike Month, Boise, ID, Low key women's ride, the CycloFemme ride is a global social ride that takes place on Mothers Day to celebrate the women in our lives. No matter age, gender or riding ability, all are welcome to ride along on this easy ride on the Boise Greenbelt. We will meet at BBP around 10:30 am and start the ride at 11 am.The destination will be the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Then at 12 pm, we will gather at the gardens for lunch and hear from four local women who are in the cycling world. Admission will be free to the Botanical Gardens as they are also celebrating National Public Gardens Day., Lisa Brady, 208-761-8507, [email protected], biketreasurevalley.org, facebook.com/events/311286072894747/

May 13-17, 2019Utah Bike Week and National Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Week-long festival with bike races, Bike to Work Day, and more., Dave Iltis, 801-328-2066, [email protected], cyclingutah.com/event-calendars/bicycling-events-swaps-and-festivals/

May 13-17, 2019Bike to Work and School Week, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, Cycle-Delia! Celebrate Bike to Work Week! Ride by for fuel at our post work feedzones, pedal through a mixed terrain alleycat, or experience a casual bike n dine with friends., Gary Saxton, 435-752-2161, 435-374-8076, [email protected], Dayton Crites, 435-755-1646, [email protected], facebook.com/events/181020812630348/, trails.cachecounty.org/news/?id=48

May 13-17, 2019Utah 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., Heidi Goedhart, 801-783-8426, [email protected], udot.utah.gov

May 15, 2019Ride of Silence, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Join the Provo chapter of the Worldwide Ride of Silence to ride to honor people who were killed or injured while biking this last year and last several years. We will begin at Dixon Middle School and go for a short, slow, silent ride with brief stops at the ghost bike memorials for Doug Crow and Mark Robinson, and return to Dixon Middle School where we will have light refreshments. Meet at 6:30. Dixon Middle School, 750 W 200 N. 7 pm., Lucy Ordaz, 801-787-4384, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, facebook.com/events/850656535006205/851159871622538/

May 15, 2019Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Prescott, AZ, Ride to honor dead and injured cyclists and to honor Amber Harrington who was killed by a drunk driver in 2015. Organized by Bike Prescott, Patricia David, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, bikeprescott.org

May 15, 2019Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Las Vegas, NV, 15th Annual Las Vegas Ride of Silence, Wednesday May 16th. Meet at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, 600 South Grand Central Parkway, parking lot. Registration from 6:15 to 6:50 PM. Ride begins at 7:00 PM sharp. This is a 9 mile street ride in traffic that will go through downtown Las Vegas, then wind through the Central Medical Area and historic neighborhoods. All riders must have lights front and rear as per Nevada statutes. You must also wear a bike helmet while riding. This ride is open to all ages but is not really meant for younger children because of traffic conditions. All riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the ride. The ride is silent to honor fallen cyclists., Jim Litttle, 702-360-4751, [email protected], rideofsilence.org

May 15, 2019Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Boise, ID, Ride to honor dead and injured cyclists. Location TBA, Lisa Brady, 208-761-8507, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, biketreasurevalley.org

May 15, 2019Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Sedona, AZ, Ride to honor dead and injured cyclists, Don Mathieu, , rideofsilence.org

May 16, 2019Salt Lake City Mayor’s Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, A mellow ride with Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski under police escort. Breakfast, music, and more at 7:00 am, Bike ride begins at 8am at Northwest Rec Center 1255 W. Clark Ave (300 N), and ends at the Salt Lake City and County Building., Salt Lake City Transportation , 801-535-6630, [email protected], Amy Nilsson, 801-535-6167, 801-535-6110, [email protected], slcgov.com/biketoworkday, slcityevents.com

May 16, 2019Commuter Convoy and Ride for Reading, Bike Month, Reno Bike Week, Reno, NV, Volunteer riders will ride to Diedrichsen Elementary to meet with the students and pass out books, Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance , 775-323-4488, [email protected], bikewashoe.org

May 17, 2019Bike To Work, School, and Play Day, Utah Bike Month, Park City, UT, Hosted at the Park City High School. Bike to School, Work and Play Day with Mayor & Council, May 17th, 7:30-9:30am, Meet at Park City High School, Breakfast before work, school and play. Bike support station available. Pet-friendly & family-friendly. Breakfast, bicycle safety information and bike tune-ups. Bike to School with Park City Police, 7:30 am Meet at one of the following locations to bike to McPolin Elementary School with Park City Police Officers: Park City Heights, PC MARC, Aspen Villas apartments, Arches Park at the end of Comstock, Heinrich Deters, 435-649-8710, 435-659-1188 , [email protected], Julia Collins, [email protected], basinrecreation.org

May 17, 2019National 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., None , [email protected], bikeleague.org

May 17, 2019St. George Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, St. George, UT, Bike to work in St. George – various stops throughout the city!, Judith Rognli, 435-574-9304, [email protected], bikedixie.org

May 18, 2019Bike Day with the Mayor of Springville City, Utah Bike Month, Springville City, UT, 9:30 gather, 10:00 a.m. bike ride with the Mayor around town. Opening of the Splash Pad at the Springville Civic Center and park following the ride. Springville Civic Center – 110 South Main Street, Free food, bike swag, and bike licensing. City Splash Pad will be turned on after the ride. These are short rides. The smaller kids will bike around the block. The older will go on a 2-3 mile ride around the city, Rod Oldroyd, 801-491-7684, [email protected], springville.org/bike-with-mayor/

May 18, 2019Ogden Bike Swap, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, Ogden Bicycle Collective is hosting a Bike Swap 12 pm – 7 pm, 936 28th St., Danielle Stiff, 801-997-0336, [email protected], bicyclecollective.org/ogden-news/item/570-ogden-bike-swap, facebook.com/events/2280356492212046/

May 18, 2019Bikes and Trikes Children's Bike Festival, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Grab your family, friends, and neighbors and pedal on over Location TBA Saturday, May 26th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. You’ll want to bring your bikes, trikes and training wheels for some fun cycling festivities your whole family will enjoy!, Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org

May 19-24, 2019Flagstaff Bike to Work and School Week, Bike Month, Flagstaff, AZ, Bike to work, record your commute, win prizes!, Anthony Quintile, 928-526-7704, [email protected], Kyle Hornbeck, [email protected], flagstaffbiking.org

May 23, 2019Bicycle Pit Stops: Bikes, Bites, and Beverages, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, 4p.m.-6p.m. evening pit stops throughout Salt Lake City on popular bicycle routes. Food trucks, music, and more. See facebook the week before for locations., Salt Lake City Transportation , 801-535-6630, [email protected], slc.gov/transportation/2019/04/22/bike-month-2019/, facebook.com/slcmoves

May 25, 2019Pedal Provo Ghost Tours, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, We ride around Provo stopping at various haunted locations around the city. At each location, your tour guide will tell you a story that actually happened at that spot. You get to learn more about an old city and are sure to be a little frightened in the process., Derek Jacobs, 385-312-0456, [email protected], pedalprovo.com

May 30, 2019Bicycle Pit Stops: SLC Bike to School Day, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Salt Lake City School District children and parents are encouraged to practice bike safety and ride to school., Salt Lake City Transportation , 801-535-6630, [email protected], slc.gov/transportation/2019/04/22/bike-month-2019/, facebook.com/slcmoves

June 3-7, 2019Bozeman Bike Week, Bike Month, Bozeman, MT, Bike Week is the most celebrated week of the year for cyclists everywhere. Bozeman Bike Week is more than just a jamboree of folks who prefer to commute via bicycle, it is also an opportunity to advocate safe cycling practices and routes, and to encourage alternative transportation to members of this great community. Morning and evening events will be happening all week, and knowledgeable volunteers will be available at each stop to offer safe route guidance and answer questions regarding bicycle traffic laws., Alex Lussier, [email protected], Megan Lawson, 406-570-7475, [email protected], Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club , [email protected], gallatinvalleybicycleclub.org, gallatinvalleybicycleclub.org/community-events/bike-to-work-week/

June 8, 2019Bike Prom, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Bike Prom, the Bicycle Collective's annual fancy bike party. Tracy Aviary, Wear your prom outfits. Pre-prom ride: 6:00pm starting at TBA, Sean Murphy, 801-328-2453, [email protected], bicyclecollective.org, bikeprom.com

June 15, 2019SLUG Cat Alleycat Bike Race!, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, This exciting alleycat event features a scavenger hunt bike race that takes you all over Salt Lake City. Bike with the coolest cats you in town, make new friends  and win awesome prizes from our local sponsors! 7th Annual SLUG Cat Alleycat Bike Race!, Angela Brown, 801-487-9221, [email protected], John Platt, 801-487-9221, [email protected], Anne Olsen, [email protected], slugmag.com

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