May Bike Month Events!

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May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene! Not only is there more sunshine coming our way but there are also A LOT of great bike events going on throughout the whole month. Here’s a rundown of some of the events. Most of these can be found on the Community Bike Calendar (a GEARs project found on several sites, including this one). If you know of other bike events going on during May let us know and we’ll get them up on this list and the calendar!

 

Throughout all of May you can support the Safe Routes to School “Bike Safety Education Program” by both volunteering at one of the community rides held throughout all three school districts AND by buying your lunch at Wrap City in Kesey Square or having a beer at Oakshire Brewing. Throughout the month of May, Wrap City will be donating a percentage of all of it’s sales to SRTS and Oakshire will have a special fundraising event on May 7th (National Bike to School Day)!  May happens to be Walk + Bike to School Challenge month too and while we are challenging our students to walk and bike more we challenge the community to support our efforts by volunteering and buying local!
 
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More Information on events:
Thursday, 1st– Kick Bike Month off with a sunny day bike ride down to Wrap City!

Tuesday, 6th– Bike Your Drive Commuter Class- Eugene REI, 7:00 pm, free registration required. Bike commuting means different things to everyone, and before you start, it’s important to understand why you ride. This will impact where you ride, how frequently you ride, and what gear you may need.

Bike-to-School-DayWednesday, 7th– National Bike to School Day– Various events at area schools to encourage families and kids to bike to school and an SRTS fundraiser at Oakshire.  Come support SRTS and a local brewery at the same time. A dollar from every pint sold throughout the day will go to Bike Safety Education! We’ll have an information table there from 5:30-8:00 pm.
Bike in Shapes ride: Ride the shape of a Prancing Piggy! Meet at Oakshire at 7pm then ride the pig and return to Oakshire for the SRTS Fundraiser. http://bikeinshapes.com/2014/04/15/may-7th-prancing-piggy-redux/
Saturday, 10th– Confident Cycling for Families class– 9am to Noon at Roosevelt Middle School. This in-class and on-bike class is for kids and parents to come and learn the ABC’s of biking and gain skills to be more confident biking around town for more trips.

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Sunday, 11th– CycloFemme– “Slow paced social bike ride celebrating women on wheels.”  CycloFemme is a socially-driven grass-roots celebration of women on bikes. We are of a growing community, for a growing community. Our annual Mother’s Day ride unites riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference to share in the joy of cycling. Ride with us in Springfield or Eugene on May 11, 2014 as we Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Empower the Future of Women in Cycling. Both rides will convene in Island Park at the end for a group celebration.
Theme: balloons, treats, music, and temporary tattoos!
Springfield Ride: Meet at Willamalane Swim Center (1276 G St), 1:30 PM, Ride starts at 2:00 PM
Eugene Ride: Meet at Owen’s Rose Garden (300 N Jefferson), 1:30 PM, Start riding at 2:00PM
Joint celebration at 3:00 PM in Island Park (south shelter).
Tuesday, 13th– Breakfast at the Bridges– Join the cities monthly event for a special bike month and Business Commute Challenge event happening at the DeFazio Bridge from 7-9:30 am
Wednesday, 14th–  Bike Share Feasability Study Results. For those interested in the possibility of bringing bike share to Eugene, there will be an open house presented by LTD, the City of Eugene, and Toole Design Group to present their findings!  From 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Next Stop Center (1099 Olive St.)
Moonlight Mash– 9pm, Kesey Square. A social celebration of bicycling under the light of the full moon. Meets at Kesey Square (Broadway and Willamette) around moonrise on the night of the full moon. Ride is ~5 miles long at commuting pace with one rest/dance stop. As always, remember we’re celebrating our strong bicycle culture, and part of that is setting a good example! Remember your lights, and Ride This Way:

1. Stay in the Right Lane NEVER ride the sidewalk. NEVER ride against oncoming traffic.
2. Leave Nothing Behind
3. Stop at Red Lights.
4. Ride Straight, Ride Predictably.
5. Roll Past Conflict.
6. Leave No One Behind.
7. Ride Sober! It’s illegal and dangerous to ride a bicycle inebriated.
8. Communicate to Fellow Riders! (We need your help to remind those who aren’t following the rules!)

Thursday, May 15th– LiveMove Speaker Series, “A Transportation Revolution” with Alison Cohen – Bike share expert with Toole Design Group. Lunch and a presentation on the details of bike share including: ridership across cities, equity strategies, sponsorship, funding, financing and planning. Noon-1:30pm, Ford Alumni Center Rm 403 (1720 E 13th, Eugene, OR)

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Friday, 16th– National Bike to Work Day– Join the Business Commute Challenge for a Bike to Work Day event on the Springfield Bike Path (at Aspen & D St) from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Afternoon treats for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Saturday, 17th– Kidical Mass Tweed/Fancy Pants Ride- Get dressed up in your “Sunday Best” for this Saturday ride. Inspired by the London Tweed Ride and dedicated to showing that even the best clothes in your closet are good “cycling clothes” we’ll get all fancied up, do some riding around town then stop for some tea and scones. Very civilized. Meet at Monroe Park at 3pm.

Walkin’ and Rollin’ the Wetlands! Whether you walk, bike, scoot or trike, board, blade, or simply sashay, we hope you will join WREN and our community partners in the West Eugene Wetlands to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the West Eugene Wetlands! Event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Learn about the incredible work done over the last 20 years to protect and enhance this amazing and extremely unique ecosystem, right in Eugene’s own back yard. At 11:00 a.m. along the Tsanchiifin Trail we will have guest speakers Mayor Kitty Piercy and local dragonfly & damselfly expert Steve Gordon.  Participants will receive a Wetland Passport they can have stamped at each booth they visit for a chance to win great prizes.

Week of 10th-16th– Business Commute Challenge– Sign up, register your business/office as a team, and join the fun!  Prizes, challenges, support, exercise, community, and FUN! Register. Walk. Bike. Bus. Pool. Click.

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Wednesday, 21st
Ride of Silence– The ride will start at 6:30pm  from the Educational Memorial Plaza on Bailey Hill Road, please arrive at 6pm for the reading of the names of members of our community who have lost their lives on the road, and to hear the invited speaker. The ride will end at the David Minor Theater, where we will gather to hear stories about our love ones that we have lost cycling on our public streets.
Neighborhoods USA Conference Bike Ride-  This ride is made for visitors to the national level neighborhoods conference that is being hosted by Eugene.  They will visit some of the great bike infrastructure that makes Eugene a Gold level bike friendly community.

 

 

Bike Music Fest 2014Thursday, 22nd– Bike Music Fest– Join the UO Bike Program for the 6th Annual Bike Music Fest (5:00 PM – 9:00 PM) to celebrate bicycles, music and the power of people! Join in for music beginning at 5pm at the EMU Amphitheater  (Corner of 13th and University St). Live-on-bike performance will leave EMU Amphitheater at 6pm and will end at a downtown stage. Eugene’s Pedal Power Music will generate electricity musical performances, utilizing the power from your two legs to make music. More details at http://bikemusic.uoregon.edu – FREE!

Tuesday, 27th– Bike Maintenance Basics- Eugene REI, 7:00 pm, Free, Registration Required. Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike.

Friday, 30th– Breakfast at the Bridges, Blue Heron Bridge (Fern Ridge Path near Chambers). Breakfast at the Bridges is designed for path users and commuters to grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee, meet City staff, learn more about transportation in Eugene, and get a bicycle safety check all at the same time.  This signature summer event series celebrates the outdoors and encourages active transportation – especially walking and bicycling – to meet larger City goals, including: healthy living, sustainability and a vibrant business community. Breakfast at the Bridges features local advocacy organizations and local businesses who actively work toward these City goals.

 

Saturday, 31st- Bike Fest! Join the Sheldon Green Club in celebrating biking in our community. Fun family friendly activities include a 15 mile GEARs Benefit Bike Ride (suggested $10 donation), Bike Show, Kids’ Bicycle Parade, food vendors, booths and more!  All funds raised at the event support the Green Club’s Bicycle Rack project on Citizinvestor. Come out to Sheldon High School (2455 Willakenzie) 9am-2pm to celebrate biking and our youth!

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Springfield Kidical Mass! The FIRST EVER Springfield Kidical Mass ride will meet at Willamalane Center on 32nd St at 11AM. Come out and invite other families to ride with us!  Please bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in Volunteer Park during the middle of the ride. There will be snow cones available thanks to SmartTrips as a special treat.

Circus Bike Ride– Come join the Eugene Circus Bike Ride! There will be a potluck picnic and free circus show afterwards! This is a free family friendly community event for anyone who likes to ride their bike! Meet at Monroe Park at Noon and ride to Island Park in Springfield

Every ThursdayBike Polo at the courts under the Washington-Jefferson Bridge 7:00-10:30 pm.

 

 

Author: Shane MacRhodes

Contributor & co-editor. Papa. Active Transportation Professional. BEST Board Member.