Sixty Second Cycling: Bike Month Events Galore!

Sixty Second Cycling: Bike Month Events Galore!
Courtesy of League of American Bicyclists - National Bike Month 2012 Poster

As National Bike Month shifts into high gear, there is no shortage of cycling events to kick off your riding season.

Bike to School Day, May 9th.  As featured in yesterday's post, this is the first ever Bike to School Day and your participation is required to help make it a success.  A great feature article appears online at Bicycling entitled "Why Johnny Can't Ride" regarding the drop in biking to school from 48% in 1969 to 13% today - it's a must-read for today's parents.

Cyclo Femme We Ride Day, May 13th.  Celebrate women in cycling and join or organize your own Cyclo Femme We Ride Day this Mother's Day.

Bike to Work Week, May 14th - 18th.  The weather's warm and if you really think about it, you can find a way to bike all or part of the way to work.  Find tips from the League of American Bicyclists, as well as our own Active Transportation Alliance.  I even have a few commuting tips of my own on Easy As Riding A Bike's Facebook fan page.

Ride of Silence, May 16th.  As featured in a post earlier this week, the Ride of Silence honors victims of accidents while reminding motorists of our right to share the road.  IMHO, every cyclist should participate in this moving event.

Bike to Work Day, May 18th.  If you can't find a way to commute by bike every day of Bike to Work Week, focus on making it happen on Friday.  If it's a casual day at the office, no one will notice your biking attire...

Bike The Drive, May 27th.  Take advantage of the once-a-year opportunity to see Chicago's lakefront and skyline at just the right speed!  Bike The Drive also benefits the great work of the Active Transportation Alliance - our voice for cycling in the Chicago area.

Here is what's happening this weekend, courtesy of the chainlink and Mike Bentley:

Friday, May 4thFirst Friday Ride, The Globe Pub, 8pm.

Saturday, May 5th:  Local; Berwyn Bikes and Bungalows Ride, Proksa Park, Berwyn, 8:30am.  Beverly Gardens and Architecture Tour, Ridge Park, 9am.  Cinco de Cerveza, CHAOS Brew House, 6pm.  Full Moon Fiasco, Gannon's Pub, 8pm.

Regional; Tour de Stooges, Lindendale Park (St. Louis area), 8:30am.  Tour de Champaign County, Champaign.  Madtown Maidens, Middleton, WI, 3pm.  Coulee Region Bike Tours, La Crosse, WI, 8am.  Great Lakes Randonneurs, Delavan, WI, 7am.

Sunday, May 6th:  World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 Tour, Lakefront Path, 9:30am. Regional; Quadrupedal Spring Century, Dodgeville, WI.

Thursday, May 10th: High Speed Ferry to Holland Michigan Ride, Milwaukee, all day.

Friday, May 11th:  North Side Critical Mass Ride, Senn Park, 7pm.

It never hurts to visit the chainlink and Mike Bentley's Midwest Rides sites to plan a little further in advance!

With 70-degree temps forecast for this weekend (amidst's ubiquitous "isolated thunderstorms" warning), it looks like the perfect weekend to rediscover bicycling and kick off your 2012 riding season.

Keep riding and be safe!


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