May is Bike Month!

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Take a picture at an event, tag it #EugBikeMonth. More pics, more chances of winning

 

May is going to be a GREAT month for biking in Eugene! It’s a good time for fair-weather cyclists to roll those steads out of the garage and get back on two wheels and for everyone who rides bikes to celebrate together.  With so many events happening it’s the perfect time to try out something new too! Usually ride for recreation? Try out commuting! Casual cyclist who only rides for errands? Try a longer recreational ride! Want to get your kids riding more? We’ve got events for you! In this post you can find a rundown of some of the great events happening in Eugene/Springfield throughout Bike Month. Like any bike event in Eugene these can also be found on the Community Bike Calendar (a WeBikeEugene project). If you know of other bike events going on during May let us know and we’ll get them up on this list and onto the calendar!

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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. Throughout the month of May, Wrap City will be donating a percentage of all of it’s sales to SRTS!  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! If you’d like to take your own challenge you can participate in the Business Commute Challenge. Form a team at your workplace, win some great prizes, and challenge your co-workers and friends to discover the joys of biking!

Full Month of Great Bike Events:

See how many you can do…


Friday, 1st

Kick Bike Month off with a bike ride down to Wrap City (Kesey Square) for lunch and support Safe Routes to School then later in the day head down to Ninkasi as their Pints for a Cause is for Oregon Supported Living Program, who is having a “packet pick-up” for their Mohawk Valley Metric Century (see May 9th), and 25% of every pint goes towards programs for adults with developmental disabilities!

 

Saturday, 2nd

Bike Month Kick-Off Party  at Sam Bonds Brewery, 4-8pm

Join us at Sam Bond’s Brewing from 4-8 pm Saturday, May 2nd for some music, beer, and conversation. Enter to win great prizes too!
This is an all ages, all genders, everyone who bikes (to work, to the store, to football games, in races, in marathons, on trails…) event!
The South Hills String Band will be playing, starting at 6 pm.
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Sunday, 3rd

Moonlight Mash Ride – Star Wars Theme meet at Kesey Square, 7:45pm
 A long time ago in a galaxy far away….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! Facebook event.
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!)

Moonlight Mash

 

Sunday, 3rd

Bob’s 50/50 Ride. You know, you go. #2


 Wednesday, 6th

National Bike to School Day– Various events at area schools to encourage families and kids to bike to school. If you only bike to school one day a year…you’re crazy. Bike more! But if you can only bike one day, make it this one!Bike-to-School-Day

 Saturday, 9th

Traffic Skills 101 Class, Whiteaker Community Center, 9am-5pm
This class informs and covers the skills and techniques to give riders the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on the trails. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike riding skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age twelve, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling and is a great resource for cyclists from beginning to experienced. A safe bike and helmet are needed in this class. Certification, League of American Bicyclists’ Road 1, is achieved upon the successful completion of this course and is the first step to become a League Cycling Instructor (LCI). Eugene will be hosting an LCI Seminar in June. This class has a $40 fee. Register here.
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Saturday, 9th

Mohawk Valley Metric Century:  A Pedal for People ride that is a fundraiser for Oregon Supported Living Program’s Arts & Culture Program, one of the few truly accessible and integrated arts programs in the US.  Facebook event.
Mohawk Valley Metric

Week of 9th-15th

It’s the 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. Win. The more you participate the more chances you have to win. Facebook event.Business Commute Challenge

 


 

Sunday, 10th

CycloFemme Ride; Two locations to meet: Willamalane Swim Center in Springfield (1276 G St) OR Owens Rose Garden in Eugene (300 N Jefferson St). Both locations meet at 1:30 PM. Joint celebration at 2:45 PM in Island Park (south shelter)!

 “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 10, 2015 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. All ages, genders, and levels welcome. Route information available at bit.ly/EugSpfldCycloFemme15
Theme: pretty skirts (interpreted by you), temporary tattoos, music, and food!

Presenting Sponsors: City of Eugene Transportation Planning and Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School and point2point solutions at LTD.
Food Sponsors coming soon! Let us know if you know of a business that would be interested in sponsoring with food donations.

Visit http://cyclofemme.com/ for more information on the worldwide celebration. Join the local Facebook event and invite your friends!
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Tuesday, 12th

Breakfast at the Bridges, DeFazio Bridge Special Business Commute Challenge edition, 7-9:30am. 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. Full City Coffee, Bagel Sphere and Nancy’s, free bells, and bike registration at the event with bike safety checks by Arriving by Bike.BreakfastatBikeBridges

Tuesday, 12th

hashtag2– Falling Sky Deli (790 Blair Blvd), 7pm
A gathering on the second “Twos-day” of every month. Come on two wheels. Or two feet. Have two beers. Why? Because one is not enough to have a meaningful conversation. Because people who get around on two wheels and two feet should get together sometimes.No agenda. No icebreakers. Mix. Mingle. Stand in the corner. Hang out. Have fun. Tell someone your fantastic idea. Or don’t. For an hour. Maybe two.Possibly nothing profound will occur. But you never know. Better be there, just in case.
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Thursday, 14th

Bike Touring 101 Class, UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.), 6-8pm
Want to go on a bike adventure? Join the UO Bike Program and our guest presenters to learn the ins and outs of bike touring in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Bring your route, gear, and logistics questions for our touring experts! FREE.
Bicycle Touring 101

Thursday, 14th

Bike Maintenance Basics, Eugene REI (306 Lawrence St),7-8pm, Free, Registration required.
Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. This class is an informative presentation that will teach you how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle. No experience necessary. Participants do not need to bring their bikes for this class. Group Size: 45

Friday, 15th

National Bike to Work Day. If you only bike to work one day during the Business Commute Challenge this is the day to do it!Bike to Work Day

Friday, 15th

Playborhood and Free Range Kids Speaker & Forum, Amazon Community Center, 6-8:30pm

Giving Our Children Freedom, Independence, and Health; from Free Range Kids to Playborhoods, how can we as a community help families and kids rediscover childhood? Mike Lanza, author of Playborhood will speak and then we will hold a forum and workshop session on the topic of creating a better city for kids and families and building a culture that supports childhood independence and freedom. While the parents gather at the Hilyard Center the kids will work on some fun activities and games next door at the Amazon Community Center. It’s like a date-night, except dinner is free, the drinks aren’t as strong and you get to build a better community!
Join us for this special LiveMove, City of Eugene, and Safe Routes to School event! Please register for this free event so we know how many kids and parents to expect.Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard Street
6:00-6:30pm Social
6:30-7:30pm Speaker Mike Lanza
7:30-8:30pm Forum & WorkshopPlayborhood2

Saturday, 16th

Kidical Mass Bike Friday Field Trip Ride

Bike Friday is the largest local bike manufacturing facility in the state (country?); they build bikes for our local bike safety education fleet and have recently started producing a great family bike called the Haul-a-Day . Come take a field trip to the facility and see how the bikes are built.
It’s like a Mister Roger’s episode but in real life!
Picnic Lunch! Bring some food and we’ll add some too and provide some beverages too.
Two departure locations including our first Bethel School District Kidical Mass ride!
Meet at Monroe City Park (10th & Monroe) or WREN in the West Eugene Wetlands (751 S. Danebo Ave) at 11amkidical_mass_logoWEB

Saturday, 16th

9th Annual Walkin’ & Rollin’ the Wetlands, 10am-2pm

Whether you walk, bike, scoot or trike, board, or blade, come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of American Wetlands Month.
Follow the Fern Ridge Bike Path through the last 0.5% of wetland prairie in Oregon. Learn about decades of incredible work to protect and enhance this amazing and unique ecosystem, in Eugene’s back yard.
Enjoy a scenic 3 ¾ mile adventure starting at Euphoria Chocolate at the corner of Bertelsen Rd. and Stewart Rd., ending at the Terry St. Railroad Bridge.
Win fabulous prizes by getting your Wetland Passport stamped at each booth!
Participating Organizations: City of Eugene, The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, Lane County Parks, Long Tom Watershed Council, Lane Metro Youth Corps, Whole Earth Nature School, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Northwest Youth Corps, GEARS, and Euphoria Chocolate.Prizes donated by: Cascades Raptor Center, Euphoria Chocolate, City of Eugene Recreation, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, REI, Science Factory, City of Eugene Aquatics, Mountain Rose Herbs, and others.
Park at:
· Euphoria Chocolate, 4090 Stewart Rd
· WREN, 751 S. Danebo Ave
· Data Logic, 959 Terry St
For more information, call 541-338-7047 or email info@wewetlands.orgWren2

 Sunday, 17th

Return of the Triple Peak9 am, The Obelisk at Amtrak (4th & Willamette)Here’s how it goes:
We rally on bikes at the obelisk (by the train station), bike to the Martin st. trailhead and run up and down Spencer’s Butte. We then bike to Pisgah, run up (and down); bike to Skinner’s, summit, and feel epic.Walking folks are welcome too! The timing usually works out fine. If you can’t make it for the full deal, join us for parts or just a peak. Rough schedule: 9am: leave obelisk. 12noon: leave the bottom of Spencer’s. 3pm: leave the bottom of Pisgah. Let me know if you need more specific timing. We can be in touch.Here’s what you need:
Running shoes, a bike, cute socks, water, quality snacks, cute friends, your tightest shorts, glitter, layers, tutu, badassery, bling, secret flask, water, warrior face. A bike lock is a good idea but we can share.This is not a race! It’s a running, biking, social event! We want to help everyone finish and wait at junctions and summits and encourage/inspire 🙂

Triple Peak


Tuesday, 19th

Women’s Bike Maintenance Night, UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.), 6-8 pm

Feel a little intimidated when you walk into an all dude bike shop? If so, this clinic is for you! Join Ellie Bartlett, UO Bike Program mechanic, for an introduction to bike repair. Bring your bike or work on ours. Anyone who identifies as female is welcome. The two-hour class is $5. Pre-register at the UO Outdoor Program, 1225 E. 18th Ave. Phone: (541) 346-4371.
Rosie Bike

 

Wednesday, 20th

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.

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Wednesday, 20th

Bike in Shapes Ride, Hop Valley (Eugene), 7pm

To celebrate Bike Month, we will ride in the shape of a “Bikeosaurus.”
Isn't that a cute little helmet :-)
Isn’t that a cute little helmet 🙂

Thursday, 21st

Hands-On Bike Maintenance Basics, REI Eugene (306 Lawrence St), 6:30-8:30pm, Registration Required

Description: Whether you are a road biker, mountain biker or bike commuter, this hands-on class will teach you skills you need to know to keep your two wheels rolling smoothly. An REI Expert Mechanic will teach you how to clear and lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience necessary! To keep the class interactive, seats are limited to 8. Participants need to bring their own bikes.  Group size limited. Fee: Member: $30.00, Non Member: $50.00

Bike Mainenance


 

Saturday/Sunday, 23rd/24th

Group Bike Overnighter (Sub24Overnighter), Departing from Eugene for a simple night camping in the woods. more information soon…

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Wednesday, 27th

LiveMove Speaker series with Rock Miller “Overcoming obstacles to better walking, biking, and community design”. More information soon.
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Thursday, 28th

Bike Polo Extravaganza!  WJ Skate Park, 7pm

An evening of bicycle polo at the Washington Jefferson Skate Park including demonstrations from Eugene Bike Polo, beginner games and a healthy dose of heckles. If you have ever been interested in checking out bike polo tonight is for you! We will provide extra bicycles and mallets for anyone wanting to play. Bring a helmet, wear closed toed shoes and stay hydrated! We will be there at 7 PM ready to play. FREE!

Bike Polo



Friday, 29th

Breakfast at the Bridges Bike Month Wrap-up celebration, Blue Heron Bridge, 7 – 9:30AM (Grassy area off of the Fern Ridge Path behind Caesar Chavez Elementary School).  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. Full City Coffee, Bagel Sphere and Nancy’s, free bells, and bike registration at the event with bike safety checks by a local bike shop.

Blue heron Bridge
Breakfast at the Blue Heron Bridge

Friday, 29th

Solar Bike Tour, EWEB, 3-5pm

As the weather is getting nicer and the sun is shining brighter we all need more excuses to get outside. What about an educational bike ride?

On Friday, May 29th, from 3:00 – 5:00 Environment Oregon will be hosting a great and informative solar bike tour.

We will be meeting at the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), at 500 E 4th Ave,, to learn about their current and future plans for solar development. We will then ride around town and see a couple great PV systems in the area followed by a beautiful ride down the river. We will end with a tour at the Solar Radiation lab at the University of Oregon.

Following the bike ride, lane county commissioner Pete Sorenson will be discussing his plans for his new new solar development project. After the commissioners talk there will be many fun solar related activates to participate in, such as games with prizes, music, and much more!

The ride will be a great time to not only enjoy the sunshine but also learn about its power. Hope to see you all then!

Solar Bike Tour


Saturday, 30th

Transportation Game Show, Blairally Vintage Arcade, 5pm (get there early to get your game board)
Wrap up Bike Month and come show your bike knowledge or transportation wonkiness. Topics from bike pop culture to the MUTCD. A FUNdraiser for Safe Routes to School. More information soon!
Blairally Transportation Trivia
The End….now keep riding.

Author: Shane MacRhodes

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