May 1, 2016 – May is Bike Month! And it’s time to get out, ride your bike, celebrate, and pedal to work, school, church, on the road, in the dirt, racing or just riding along! In Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, and surrounding states, there are a ton of events happening this month that are fun and encouraging for all cyclists.
Bike Month was established in 1956 and is a month long celebration of the bicycle! In Utah, the Governor declares May is Bike Month each year (see the proclamation below). Nationally, festivities are lead by the League of American Bicyclists (bikeleague.org).
National Bike to Work Week is from May 16-20, 2016. This is a time to leave the car at home, leave the bus pass in your pocket, and ride your bike to work. The week culminates with National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20, 2016. Casual Friday is now Bike Friday! Look for Bike Week events in Bozeman, Boise, Reno, and Utah.
In Utah, there are a number of other planned Bike to Work Days throughout the month. See the calendar below for details. Join your fellow citizens and politicians to encourage more people to ride to work.
National Bike to School Day is May 4, 2016. Ride your bike to school, and arrive refreshed and ready to study.
The National Bike Challenge starts May 1 and runs through May 31. It’s a great way to highlight your participation in riding this month. For details, see nationalbikechallenge.org.
The annual Cyclofemme Ride takes place worldwide on May 8, 2016, Mother’s Day. This is a low key ride for women to ride together. Look for rides in Utah in Salt Lake City, Provo (on May 7), and many other locations (see cyclofemme.com for a full list). If you can’t find a ride near you, the website has details on how to organize your own.
The Ride of Silence is a ride to remember fallen cyclists – those who have been killed or injured while riding their bikes. Rides are held in silence and the ride of silence poem is often read before hand. Look for rides in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah; Prescott, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Heyburn and Boise, Idaho. If you want to create your own ride, or find information on rides not listed in our calendar, see rideofsilence.org.
There are events including bike swaps to brewery tours to bike to work to bikes for kids. See the schedule below, or look for more in the calendar of events in this issue.
Happy Bike Month!
Utah Bike Month Declaration Text:
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 by both families and individuals, offering opportunities for the young and old to explore hundreds of miles of bike trails 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 2016 as UTAH BICYCLING MONTH
Utah Bike Month, Idaho Bike Month, Wyoming Bike Month, Nevada Bike Month, Montana Bike Month, Idaho Bike Month Event Calendar:
Kidical Mass — Salt Lake City, UT, Group ride for families. This will be a monthly ride, the 1st Sunday of every month, at Liberty Park (south entrance) from 3pm- 5pm. All ages are welcome., Lee Chung, 865-850-3589, [email protected], facebook.com/groups/109360246125277
Slow Roll SLC — Salt Lake City, UT, Fun, Bikes, and Party Rides on Tuesday Nights at 7 behind Crank SLC 749 S. State Street., Christian Clemens, 385-528-1158, 801-440-0546, [email protected],
May 1-31, 2016 — Provo Bike Challenge, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Prizes and awards. Join the challenge and keep track of your riding all month. Part of the National Bike Challenge!, Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], provomayor.com/2015/04/28/provo-bike-challenge/
May 2, 2016 — Bicycle Rodeo and Cruiser Ride, Utah Bike Month, Riverdale , UT, 6:00pm at Riverdale Elementary School as part of the city's Live Fit Program. Registration is free for Riverdale residents, their friends, and families. Cruiser ride too!, Micheal Staten, 801-589-2686, [email protected], riverdalecity.com/departments/recreation/Bike/Bike_Week.html
May 4, 2016 — 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., None , [email protected], walkbiketoschool.org/ready/about-the-events/bike-to-school-day
May 5, 2016 — Ogden Bike Park Shindig 2016, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, Fundraising event and party to benefit the Ogden Trails Network and The Ogden Bike Park May 5th 5:30-8:30 pm – The Front Climbing Club 225 20th St, Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], ogdencity.com, facebook.com/events/1071396846232542/
May 7, 2016 — Cyclofemme Ride, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Join us for the Third 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 Center Street and University Ave. at 2 pm the City Buildings and will take a nice slow paced 5 mile ride around Downtown Provo ending at Joaquin Park., Heather Skabelund, 971-404-1557, [email protected], Jennifer Messenger, [email protected], cyclofemme.com
May 7, 2016 — Ogden Bike Swap, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, Ogden Bicycle Collective is hosting a Bike Swap 9 am – 5 pm, 936 28th St., Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], Clint Watson, 801-997-0336, [email protected], bicyclecollective.org/locations-a-hours/ogden/item/474-ogden-bike-swap-may-7th-2016
May 8, 2016 — Cyclofemme Ride – Performance Bike Shop, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, The most happening thing in Salt Lake City and in the rest of the world on May 10th is a beautiful idea and movement created by Girl Bike Love, Language Dept and League of American Bicyclists. Please come join us, Performance Bicycles of Salt Lake City as “We Ride Together” accompanied by you all during CycloFemme 2016. This is a “NO-DROP” meeting at our location, 291 W 2100 South, Salt Lake City, celebrating “Women on Bikes” and we hope to see you there! Make sure you check out the important info below! – Free Bike Checks 9:30 AM – Safety Brief 9:45 AM (Must be present!) – Ride starts at 10:AM – Helmets are required – Those under 13 must be accompanies by an Adult – Please bring a spare tube, if you don’t have one we stock most tubes but please call first. – Have Fun!, Performance , 801-478-0836, [email protected], cyclofemme.com
May 8, 2016 — Cyclofemme Missoula, Bike Month, Helena, MT, Griz Statue on UM’s Campus at 11 am. Make this Montana's largest women's bike ride ever!, Taylor Lonsdale, 406-449-2787, [email protected], bikewalkmontana.org, facebook.com/events/1661262214133241
May 10, 2016 — 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. Breakfast Stations hosted by employers, large and small, across the city., Stacey Adamson, 801-227-8958, [email protected], Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], utarideshare.com, rideuta.com
May 11, 2016 — Bikes vs. Cars Movie, Utah Bike Month, Park City, UT, 7 pm, part of Park City Film Series, Jim Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Ave, Director , 435-615-8291, [email protected], parkcityfilmseries.com
May 12-14, 2016 — Weber Pathways Weed Days, Utah Bike Month, Eden, UT, Partnership with USFS, focused on eradicating invasive weeds including puncturevine, Dyer's Woad, Star Thistle. May 12 – Huntsville Guard Station 6620 E. 100 S. Huntsville, 9 am to 1 pm; May 13 29th St. Trailhead, Ogden, 9 am to 1 pm; May 14 Eden – Eden Bowery, 2150 N. 550 E. Eden, 9 am to 1 pm – with art and craft show, barbeque, and Dyer's Woad demonstration, Rod Kramer, 801-393-2304, [email protected], weberpathways.org
May 13, 2016 — Ghost Ride, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Friday the 13th Ghost Ride, sponsored by Provo Cycling Ghost Tours, Joaquin Park, 400 E 400 N, Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, a.skabelund[email protected], bikeprovo.org
May 14, 2016 — SLUG Cat, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Alleycat race. Registration from 4-5 at Saturday Cycles. Event from 5-7 pm., Angela Brown, 801-487-9221, [email protected], John Ford, 801-487-9221, [email protected], slugmag.com
May 14, 2016 — Get Into the River Festival, 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, Jen Parsons-Soran, 801-502-6794, [email protected], getintotheriver.org
May 16-20, 2016 — Utah Bike Week, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Week-long festival with bike races, Bike Bonanza, Bike to Work Day, and more., Dave Iltis, 801-328-2066, [email protected], cyclingutah.com/event-calendars/bicycling-events-swaps-and-festivals/
May 16-21, 2016 — Boise 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 20th. There is something for everyone: 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 21st in downtown Boise. Come ride with us!, Lisa Brady, 208-761-8507, [email protected], boisebikeweek.org, biketreasurevalley.org
May 16-20, 2016 — Bike to Work and School Week, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, Encouraging cycling with information booths at the CVTD Transit Center and USU. Refreshments, tune-ups and educational materials. Everyday throughout the week from 7:30 – 9:30 am., Aggie Blue Bikes, 435-797-8139, [email protected], Dayton Crites, 435-755-1646, [email protected], trails.cachecounty.org, aggiebluebikes.org
May 16-20, 2016 — 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., Heidi Goedhart, 801-964-4564, [email protected], udot.utah.gov
May 16-20, 2016 — Bozeman Bike Week, Bike Month, Bozeman, MT, Celebrate bike commuting with the Bozeman cycling community the week of May 16 – 20. There will be morning stops each day and an end of week party on Friday!, 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/
May 18, 2016 — 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, meet at 6:30 at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Ride leaves at 7 pm. 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 18, 2016 — Ride of Silence, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Dixon Middle School, 750 W 200 N., Lucy Ordaz, 801-787-4384, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, facebook.com/events/850656535006205/851159871622538/
May 18, 2016 — Ride 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 Greater Prescott Bicyclists Coalition, Eric Post, , rideofsilence.org
May 18, 2016 — Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Las Vegas, NV, Ride to honor dead and injured cyclists. Register 6:00 until 6:50 in the parking lot of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Building (RTCSN) at 600 South Grand Central Parkway south of the intersection of South Bonneville (Alta Drive) and South Grand Central Parkway. Ride starts at 7., James Little, , rideofsilence.org
May 18, 2016 — Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Boise, ID, Ride to honor dead and injured cyclists. Camels Back Park at 6pm, ride folloed by a Road Safety Forum., Lisa Brady, 208-761-8507, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, biketreasurevalley.org
May 19-21, 2016 — Road Respect Southern Utah Tour, Road Respect Bike Tour, Utah Bike Month, Southern, 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. 5/19/16: Richfield, 5/20/16: Cedar City, 5/21/16: Enterprise, Keri Gibson, 801-243-7571, [email protected], Jack Lasley, 801-450-8232, [email protected], roadrespectutah.org
May 19, 2016 — Bicycle Pit Stops, 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., Phil Sarnoff, 801-440-3729, [email protected], Salt Lake City Transportation , 801-535-6630, [email protected], bikeslc.com, facebook.com/bikeslc
May 20, 2016 — Ogden Mayor’s Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, Ride to Work with the Mayor – We will meet the Mayor at the South end of the Dee Events Center Parking lot 1300E 4600S on his ride into work at 8am, the group will ride with the mayor to the Ogden amphitheater (343 25th st) for a breakfast hosted by Ogden City, Threshold Gives, UTA , and WOBAC. Can't make it up to ride with the mayor? Then just pedal on down for breakfsat. See you there! Food served until 10am, Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], ogdencity.com, facebook.com/events/1080722501970185
May 21, 2016 — Bike Day with the Mayor of Springville City, Utah Bike Month, Springville City, UT, 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., Rod Oldroyd, 801-491-7684, [email protected], springville.org
May 21, 2016 — Ogden Bike Park Spring Trail Jam, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, 10am – Top of 9th street at the Ogden Bike Park, 3 new trails build for the 2016 ride season will be showcased to the public along with free shuttles and food. Come enjoy one of the greatest places to ride in Utah., Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], ogdencity.com
May 22-27, 2016 — Flagstaff Bike to Work and School Week, Bike Month, Flagstaff, AZ, Bike to work, record your commute, win prizes!, Joe Shannon, 928-523-1740, [email protected], Anthony Quintile, 928-779-5969, [email protected], flagstaffbiking.org
May 24-29, 2016 — Gear Up for Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Come tune your bike at the Collective to get ready for bike to work day. 3-9 pm weekdays, 12-7 Saturdays, 12-5 Sunday., Davey Davis, 801-328-2453, [email protected], bicyclecollective.org
May 27, 2016 — Bike To Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Park City, UT, Meet at Basin Field House and Doubletree Hotel at 7 am., Heinrich Deters, 435-649-8710, 435-659-1188 , [email protected], mountaintrails.org, basinrecreation.org
May 31, 2016 — Salt Lake County and City Mayor’s Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, A mellow ride with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Mayor Jackie Biskupski, South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood, and other local municipalities under police escort. Breakfast, music, and more at 7:15 am, beginning at Sugar House Draw by 1300 E. in Sugarhouse Park. Bike ride begins at 8am and ends at the Salt Lake City and County Building., Alison Weyher, [email protected], Tara Olson, 801-535-6167, [email protected], slco.org/bicycle, slcgov.com/biketoworkday
June 11, 2016 — 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: 6:00pm starting at Pioneer Park., David Davis, 801-328-2453, [email protected], bicyclecollective.org, bikeprom.com