May is Bike Month, and has been since 1956 when the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) created the month long celebration. Check out the event calendar below!
In the west, there are a bunch of events to get you excited and involved in cycling. This year, with the pandemic slowly, all to slowly, subsiding, many in person events are returning, while others are still being held virtually. Our 2021 Bike Month calendar of events is below.
The best thing you can do during Bike Month, is to ride your bike! Take part in the National Bike Month Challenge. Their website states, “The 2021 National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event that unites thousands of new and existing bicyclists across the country in a friendly campaign designed to celebrate and encourage biking.We want bike riders of all flavors to show their support for a bike-friendly USA and join the National Bike Challenge. Let's create a happier, healthier world and get more people riding and smiling!”
A great way to honor those who have been hit or killed while cycling is by participating or organizing a Ride of Silence in your community, “On Wed. May 19th, 2021 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.” For more, see rideofsilence.org.
Tag your photos on social media with #bikemonth and #bikejoy – LAB is promoting this social campaign.
Join your local or state bike advocacy organization – see the Advocacy section in the calendar in this issue for a few of those groups.
Join Cycling West and help us to make the world a better place through bicycling.
Comment on a local or national bike project. Support the Complete Streets Act: https://p2a.co/M1FAa2k
Check with your local transportation or streets department to see what projects are coming up and provide input.
Ride your bike! To the store, to work, for fun, with your family, on a date, up a hill, down a hill, to the mountains or to the sea, ride around your city clockwise and then counterclockwise, play bike bingo, or bike polo, race or don't race, pop a wheelie, ride in the dirt, on the pavement, in the gravel, but most of all, just ride.
For more ideas, visit bikeleague.org
2021 Western States Bike Month Calendar
May 1-30, 2021 — Boise Bike Month, Bike Month, Boise, ID, A celebration of cycling in all of its forms, Boise Bike Month take place in the middle of National Bike Month and recognizes National Bike to Work Day on Friday May 21th. There is something for everyone: Bike to Work day, week, bike counts, bike to tea, Ride of Silence, Bike There day, Bike Book Club, Come ride with us! facebook.com/BoiseBikeWeek, Lisa Brady, 208-761-8507, [email protected], boisebikeweek.org, biketreasurevalley.org
May 1-31, 2021 — Reno, Sparks, Truckee Bike Month, Bike Month, Reno Bike Week, Reno, NV, Commute by bike in Washoe County. Log your miles. Tons of other events too., Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance , 775-323-4488, [email protected], bikewashoe.org
May 1-31, 2021 — Flagstaff Bike Month, 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 1-31, 2021 — SLUG Mag's 9th Annual Bike Issue, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, As soon as Utah Bike Month rolls around every May, we hop onto our rides and steer right into our annual Bike Issue. Learn about local organizations, businesses, groups and projects centered around cycling in our annual Bike Issue!, Angela Brown, 801-487-9221, [email protected], Morgan Keller, 435-901-3527, [email protected], Anne Olsen, [email protected], slugmag.com/slug-cat/
May 1, 2021 — Bike Month Kick-Off Party, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, This party will feature live music, an opportunity drawing, trail adoption registration, food trucks, and a bike rodeo., Gary Saxton, 435-752-2161, 435-374-8076, [email protected], Carly Lansche, 435-755-1646, [email protected], trails.cachecounty.org
May 3, 2021 — Provo's Hidden Gems – Social Ride, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Beginning at 6:30 p.m. join us in the discovery of gems Provo has hiding throughout the city, by bike., Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org
May 5, 2021 — Bike 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., Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org, facebook.com/events/176659717609495
May 5, 2021 — 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
May 7, 2021 — Art Stroll and Roll, 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 10-14, 2021 — Bike to Work and School Week, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, Aggie Blue Bike Mechanics and volunteers will be providing breakfast and tune-ups for people riding their bikes to work., Gary Saxton, 435-752-2161, 435-374-8076, [email protected], Carly Lansche, 435-755-1646, [email protected], trails.cachecounty.org
May 10, 2021 — Mural Tour – Social Ride, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Beginning at 6:30 p.m. join us in a ride-by of murals within Provo City by bike., Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org
May 14, 2021 — Bike To Work, School, and Play Day, Utah Bike Month, Park City, UT, Hosted at the Parley's Park, Jeremy Ranch and Trailside Elementary Schools, Start the day with a ride to school and receive snacks, drinks, and fun giveaways., Heinrich Deters, 435-649-8710, 435-659-1188 , [email protected], Julia Collins, [email protected], Sam Schwoebel, 435-649-1564, ext. 25 , [email protected], basinrecreation.org/event/bike-to-school/
May 17-23, 2021 — National Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Week-long festival with bike races, Bike to Work Day, and more., None , [email protected], cyclingutah.com/event-calendars/bicycling-events-swaps-and-festivals/
May 17-21, 2021 — 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, 801-783-8426, [email protected], udot.utah.gov
May 17-23, 2021 — National Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, Everywhere, UT, A week to climb out of the motor vehicle and onto your bike on your way to work., None , [email protected], bikeleague.org
May 19, 2021 — 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 Bike Prescott, Patricia David, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, bikeprescott.org
May 19, 2021 — Ride 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. Ride begins at 7 pm sharp., Lucy Ordaz Sanchez, 801-477-7048, [email protected], rideofsilence.org
May 21, 2021 — Bike to Wherever Day, Bike Month, San Francisco, CA, Join people across San Francisco in riding your bike to get to wherever you need to go – or just for fun!, SF Bike Coalition , 415-431-2453, [email protected], sfbike.org/bike-to-wherever-day/
May 21, 2021 — Bike to Wherever Day, Bike Month, Berkeley, CA, It’s the Bay Area’s biggest day for bicycling, and this year Bike East Bay is bringing you safe, socially distanced fun. Pledge to ride to get all the details, find your nearest energizer station, and get ready for the big day!, Ginger Jui, 510-201-9356, [email protected], bikeeastbay.org/events/bike-wherever-day-2021
May 24-28, 2021 — National Bike & Documentation Project, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, Volunteer during the last week of May at various times to capture bike and pedestrian data at Logan's intersections. The more data gathered leads to better informed decisions and greater investment in active transportation infrastructure within the city of Logan., Gary Saxton, 435-752-2161, 435-374-8076, [email protected], Carly Lansche, 435-755-1646, [email protected], trails.cachecounty.org
May 27, 2021 — Kick-Off Commuter Education Series, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, Commuter 101 class will be held in the Cache County Building Multi-Purpose Room 186 at 5:30 p.m. This will be the first of five classes to encourage people in Cache County to commute by bicycle., Gary Saxton, 435-752-2161, 435-374-8076, [email protected], Carly Lansche, 435-755-1646, [email protected], trails.cachecounty.org
May 29, 2021 — SLUG 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 know in town, make new friends and win awesome prizes from our local sponsors! 9th Annual! Registration is open between 4-5 pm and at 5 the race will begin. Cyclists will ride around the city to collect points for their manifest. At 7pm we will begin the award ceremony and cyclists can relax for a well-earned celebration., Angela Brown, 801-487-9221, [email protected], Morgan Keller, 435-901-3527, [email protected], Anne Olsen, [email protected], slugmag.com/slug-cat/
May 29, 2021 — PBC Fun, Fun Underground Forest Race, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Will be held from 4-6 p.m. and put on by the Provo Bike Collective., Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org
June 1-30, 2021 — Golden Spoke, Utah Bike Month, Wasatch Front, UT, Virtual Ride in 2021. This third annual cycling event features 100 miles of interconnected trail systems across the Wasatch Region with multiple starting locations 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