May is Bike Month! Bike Week is May 14-21!

May is Bike MonthBy Curtis Clayton

For a complete listing, see the calendar at: http://www.cyclingutah.com/event-calendars/bicycling-events-swaps-and-festivals

For more than a century bicycling has long been a dependable, affordable, and sustainable form of transportation. To recognize the role bicycling has in our lives Utah is joining the rest of the nation in celebrating May as National Bike Month.

Governor Herbert has officially signed a proclamation declaring May as Utah Bike Month.  Each May there are multitudes of fun events planned to remind us of the simple pleasure we reach by using bicycling for our daily travels. Utah Bike Month planning starts at the first of the year to make sure the activities keep rolling on year after year. It is a collective effort from a variety of different organizations around the state of Utah who love, endorse, and support bicycling as a form of transportation. The planning group is always open to more events, ideas, and support from the bicycling community. Please join us for one of these great upcoming events around the month of May.

On Tuesday, May 17th join Mayor Ralph Becker and Mayor Peter Corroon for the Salt Lake City/County Mayor’s Bike to Work Day ride which is an early morning ride from Liberty Park to the Salt Lake County Government Center and then on to the City and County Building in Salt Lake City.  Bagels and beverages will be served at both the destination points.  The police escorted ride will start at 7:30 a.m. from the northeast corner of Liberty Park. For information you can contact [email protected] 801-535-6118.

Also on Tuesday May 17th in Utah County you can join UTA Rideshare and in Provo City for the Provo and UTA Bike to Work Day from 7:30am-9:00am. Meet at the Historic County Courthouse West Lawn (University Avenue/Center Street). For information contact Stacey Adamson [email protected] 801-227-8958.

On Wednesday, May 18th is the Orem city and UTA Bike to Work Day from 7:30am-9:00am at Orem City Center Park North Pavilion (100 North 300 East in Orem). For information contact Stacey Adamson [email protected] 801-227-8958.

On Friday, May 20th  4:00pm-8:00pm the annual UTA Bike Bonanza will once again take place at Gallivan Plaza in downtown Salt Lake City (239 South Main St). Come join us for a free event to celebrate cycling. There is something for everyone from kids and families to weekend riders to racers. The firsts 75 children will receive a free bicycle helmet. First 300 attendees receive free water bottles. There will be a bike rodeo from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Bicycle trials shows at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, and 7:30pm. A free raffle at 6:30pm for bikes, bags, watches, bike accessories and more. You can also pick up your registration packet for the Cycle Salt Lake Century Ride at the event as well.

On Saturday, May 21st is the Cycle Salt Lake Century at 7:30am. Meet at Utah State Fair Park (155 North 1000 West). For registration and more information visit www.CycleSaltLakeCentury.com

Other Utah Bike Month events include:

May 14-21, 2011 — Cycle Salt Lake 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, 801-322-5056, [email protected], utahbikemonth.com

May 14, 2011 — Cache Valley Bike Festival, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, Annual event at Merlin Olsen Park, promoting bike education, healthy living, and sustainability through bicycles. An event for the whole family, there is a workshop for everyone. Runs 10-3., C. Ann Jensen, 435-797-0964 ext. 3, [email protected], aggiebluebikes.org, aggiebluebikes.blogspot.com

June 4, 2011 — Edible Wasatch – Bites & Bikes, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Noon to 4pm (unless there is a better time frame for the Mayor), Kick Off at Nobrow, Finish at Pioneer Park, treasure hunt for local food, participants will be given the option to pre-register in teams or as individuals, no set route, just a clue card of items to find and list of participating sponsors’ hunt can be scaled to team or individuals skill/ endurance level, closing ceremonies at Pioneer park will include a prize drawing taken from completed clue cards, Charice Bourdeaux, 801-918-3522, [email protected],

May 18, 2011 — 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, Laila Bremner, 801-654-0323, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, utahbikemonth.com

May 18, 2011 — Ride of Silence, Utah Bike Month, Orem, 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, 870 West Center Street., Blu Robinson, 801-319-7218, 801-426-8800, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, utahbikemonth.com

May 20, 2011 — Bike To Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Park City, UT, Free continental breakfast provided for bikers outside the Yarrow Hotel and Basin Recreation Field House from 7 am to 9 am. Small raffle for some great prizes!, Charlie Sturgis, 435-649-6839, [email protected], Dawn Bowling, 435-649-6839, [email protected], mountaintrails.org, basinrecreation.com

May 20, 2011 — 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, 6-9pm in conjunction with SLC Gallery Stroll, 177 E. 200 S., Gallery Roll to other downtown galleries., Brent Hulme, 801-746-8366, [email protected], galleryroll.com, utahbikemonth.com

May 20, 2011 — National Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, UT, A day to climb out of the motor vehicle and onto your bike on your way to work., Curtis Clayton, 801-287-2062, [email protected], utahbikemonth.com

May 20, 2011 — Ogden Mayor’s Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Ogden, UT, 7:30 a.m. at A1 parking lot near the Social Science bldg at WSU, Free pancake breakfast at City Hall, Josh Jones, 801-629-8757, [email protected], utarideshare.com, ogdencity.com

May 21, 2011 — Cycle Salt Lake Century Ride, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Utah State Fair Park, 155 N 1000 W. Salt Lake to Antelope Island and back, 37, 67, or 100 mile options. Utah State Fair Park, 155 N. 1000 W., SLC. 7:30 AM Mass start time. Registration opens at 6:00 AM., Jon Smith, 801-596-8430, 801-322-5056, [email protected], cyclesaltlakecentury.com, ridemybike.com/rides/view/id:656

Support and raise awareness of Utah Bike Month by celebrating the many biking events taking place throughout Utah.

See cyclingutah.com for a copy of the Bike Month Proclamation.

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