Friday, May 1, 2015

Bike Month!

Durham Celebrates Bike Month!

Bike Month will be celebrated in Durham throughout the month of May.  Through group rides, cyclist socials, giveaways, workshops, and other events, Bike Month provides opportunities for all Durhamites to learn more about safely bicycling in their community.

The history of Bike Month dates back to 1956 and is intended to raise awareness and promote safety for all road users.  National Bike Month is promoted by the League of American Bicyclists, and activities are celebrated in local communities nationwide.  The City of Durham has participated in National Bike Month for several years and has had great success in promoting bicycling as a safe and viable method for commuting and recreating. 

Bicycling is rapidly gaining popularity as a method of transportation and recreation in Durham and nationwide.  Events such as National Bike Month promote safety and educate motorists and cyclists alike about safety and mutual respect.

Bull City Bike Fest at Solite Park
Saturday May 2
9:00am - 12:00pm
Activities include pump track demos, rides on the ATT with the Duke and UNC cycling teams, a Kids Parade (open to the public), Gateway Trail rides and pump track challenges.  Information booths will be present from many local cycling groups. The event takes place at Solite Park in Durham.  Sponsored by Durham Parks & Recreation and Performance Bike 

2015 Bike Month Kick-off
Thursday May 7
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Kick-off Bike Month in style at the American Tobacco Campus! Join us for speakers, giveaways and a family-friendly ride down the Tobacco Trail. Sponsored by GoSmart, Durham BPAC & Bike Durham.

Bike Durham Big Spoon Ride
Saturday May 9
A 23-mile Big Spoon loop out the Tobacco Trail around to the SoDu Farmers Market and back into downtown. The ride meets at Durham Central Park.  The pace will be relaxed. Sponsored by Big Spoon Roasters & Bike Durham. 

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops
Friday May 15
7:00am - 9:00am
Stop by to grab light breakfast refreshments and bicycle commuting information and hang out with other bike commuters on your way to work. There will be two Pit Stop locations:  359 Blackwell Street at Diamond View III Courtyard (near the “Snorting Bull” at Durham Bulls Athletic Park) and the Bryan Center at Duke.  Sponsored by GoSmart, Duke University, Durham BPAC and Bike Durham.

Wheels at Westover
Saturday May 16
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Join the Watts Hospital Hillandale Neighborhood for a celebration of bikes that includes safety skills, tips, a fix-it station, an opportunity to donate unused bikes, and information from local bicycle and bike-friendly groups. The event will take place at Westover Park in Durham.  Sponsored by the Watts Hospital Hillandale Neighborhood Association

South Durham Cyclists’ Social
Monday May 18
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Drop off the American Tobacco Trail at mile marker 5.75 and join us for free food and giveaways. The event takes place at 58Fifty Bistro, 5850 Fayetteville Road in Durham.  Sponsored by Bike Durham and Durham BPAC.

Ride of Silence
Wednesday May 20
Ride 5 miles in silence to honor cyclists who’ve been killed or injured while riding their bicycle. The event takes place at Research Triangle Park—see website for more details.  Sponsored by Bike Durham and the Durham MSFITS.

Bike Durham Cyclists Workshops
Wednesday May 13, 20 & 27
Join Bike Durham Wednesdays in May for three free workshops for cyclists.  All events will take place at Bull City Coworking, 112 S. Duke Street.  Sponsored by Bike Durham.
Workshop topics:
·      Bike Commuting 101- the Basics - May 13
·      Bike Commuting 201 - Route Planning and Inclement Weather - May 20
·      Understanding the Law and Liability - May 27