May 2022 is Bike Month Across the West!

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May is Bike Month, and has been since 1956 when the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) created the month long celebration. Check out the regional event calendar below!

2022 Utah Bike Month Poster. Art by Rachel Koch

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 2022 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 2022 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!”

In Utah, Move Utah is sponsoring the Move Utah Bike Month Strava Challenge, Bike Bingo, and has a great new bike month poster too.

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 18th, 2022 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

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

2022 Western States Bike Month Calendar

May 1-31, 2022Reno, 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/bike-month

May 1-31, 2022Flagstaff Bike Month, Bike Month, Flagstaff, AZ, Bike to work, record your commute, win prizes! Bike challenge, Kidical Mass, Silent Auction, and more, Anthony Quintile, 928-526-7704, [email protected], Kyle Hornbeck, [email protected], flagstaffbiking.org

May 1-31, 2022SLUG Mag's 10th 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], Nick Zunkowski, 801-487-9221, [email protected], Anne Olsen, [email protected], slugmag.com

May 1, 2022National Ride A Bike Day, Utah Bike Month, Everywhere, UT, Celebrating National Ride A Bike Day is simple: go for a ride — any ride. Whether it’s a short trip on a bikeshare bike or a double century, any way you choose to ride a bike is the right way to ride a bike, None , [email protected], bikeleague.org

May 1-31, 2022Provo Bike Month, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Tons of events throughout the month: 4/30 (Sat) – Tree ID & Provo River Bike Bioblitz at Paul Ream Park 9am 5/4 (Wed) – Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class 7pm – PBC 5/5 (Thurs) – Bike to Work (or Anywhere) Day 7:30-9am 5/6 (Fri) – Re-Imagine Timpview Dr. Project, 6pm 5/7 (Sat) – Slate Canyon Saturday (service and educational event) 9AM-12PM – Conserve Utah Valley 5/7 (Sat) – Re-Imagine Timpview Dr. Party, 7pm 5/11 (Wed) – Intro to Bike Camping Class 7pm – PBC 5/13 (Fri) – Morning Social Ride (Utah Lake breakfast ride) 7:30am – PBC 5/14 (Sat) – FFUFR (Fun, Fun Underground Forest Race) 6:30pm – Mt. Timpanogos Bike Skills Park 5/14 (Sat) Golden Spoke Ride 8am start time- UDOT 5/18 (Wed) – Ride of Silence 7PM- Dixon Middle School 5/20 (Fri) – Evening Social Ride (Cargo bike/e-bike round-up) 6:30pm – PBC 5/21 (Sat) – Motherload Screening in Springville- Hobble Creek Bicycle Association 5/27 (Fri) – Bike-In Movie Napoleon Dynamite at Lions Park 8pm – Provo City (Evening Social Ride–Bike to the Movie, 7pm – PBC), Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org/provo-bike-month-2022

May 4, 2022National 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 5, 2022Bike 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 7-8, 2022Reno 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 14, 2022Golden Spoke, Utah Bike Month, Wasatch Front, UT, 4th Annual, 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

May 16-20, 2022National Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Week-long festival with events, Bike to Work Day, and more., None , [email protected], cyclingutah.com/event-calendars/bicycling-events-swaps-and-festivals/

May 16-20, 2022Boise Bike Week, Bike Month, Boise, ID, Bicycle Commuting Workshop – Tuesday, May 17 – George’s Cycles, Bike Week Kick-off – Wednesday, May 18 – Highlands Hollow, Family-friendly Social Ride – Thursday, May 19 – Cassia Park, Bike to Work Day – Friday, May 20 – Locations around Boise, bi-annual bike counts are upon us once again and this time we are counting for the entire month of May, Lisa Brady, 208-761-8507, [email protected], boisebikeweek.org, biketreasurevalley.org

May 16-20, 2022Bike to Work and School Week, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, Bike events and bike passport around Logan, Carly Lansche, 435-755-1646, [email protected], trails.cachecounty.org

May 16-20, 2022Utah 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 16-20, 2022Bozeman 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/

May 16-20, 2022National 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 18, 2022Salt Lake City Mayor’s Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, A mellow ride with Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall under police escort. Ride starts at Allen Park (about 1750 S and 1300 E) , will go through Liberty Park and end at the Salt Lake City and County Building. https://www.facebook.com/events/676942700056159/, Salt Lake City Transportation , 801-535-6630, [email protected], Amy Nilsson, 801-535-6167, 801-535-6110, [email protected], slc.gov/transportation/2022/04/29/bikemonth/, slcityevents.com

May 18, 2022Ride 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, Ride will begin at 5:30pm at the SE corner of the Prescott courthouse square., Patricia David, [email protected], Neil Hannum, 970-759-2126, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, bikeprescott.org

May 18, 2022Ride 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 20, 2022Bike 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], Nichole Wilson, 435-649-1564, ext. 33, [email protected], basinrecreation.org/event/bike-to-school/

May 20, 2022National 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 20, 2022Bike 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 20, 2022Bike to Wherever Day, Bike Month, East Bay, 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!, Bike East Bay , [email protected], bikeeastbay.org/events/bike-wherever-day-2022

May 21, 2022SLUG Cat Alleycat Bike Race!, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Starts at Saturday Cycles. 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! 10th 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], Nick Zunkowski, 801-487-9221, [email protected], slugmag.com/slug-cat/

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