Thursday, May 2, 2013

National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and there are numerous related events taking place locally. I'll try to cover some of them here, but feel free to pile on in the comments section if I miss an event.

Ditch-The-Keys Week: May13-17
and Bike-To-Work Day: May 17
Folks all over Central Arkansas will be leaving the car behind and walking, riding the bus or hopping on the bike as the "ditch the keys". Friday will mark Ride To Work Day as riders saddle up to ride to work. Many will be joining convoys of other riders and many local businesses will be offfering discounts, snacks and other amenities to cyclists. (Hint: The Capital Hotel will be my breakfast spot and I work at home!)
Follow this link for detailed information and to find a convoy rolling from your part of town!

Ride Of Silence: May 15
From the BACA calendar:
Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA) and Arkansas Bicycle Club are sponsoring the annual National Ride of Silence to remember those who have been killed or injured while bicycling and to recognize that bicyclists have a right to be on the roads. This international event, held during National Bike Month, will take place on May 15, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Our ride will leave from the new CALS Children's Library on 4800 W. 10th St., Little Rock, just east of Jonesboro St. near the Little Rock Zoo. The riders go silently and slowly, about 12 mph, 2 abreast, and will go east on 12th Street, using the new bicycle lanes. The ride will go through the Children's Hospital grounds and end at the east Capitol steps for a short memorial and silence. Riders will return on their own the way they came, or using 7th St. Helmets are required and bicycle lights are needed. For more information on the Ride of Silence, see www.rideofsilen​ For more information, contact Judy Lansky at 225-5343 or Jim Britt at 912-1449.

Bike Dash Scavenger Hunt: May 5

Join Bobby's Bike Hike and the Little Rock River Market for our 1st annual Bike Bash DASH! - bicycle scavenger hunt. We'll place clues around downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock and you'll use your bicycle to compete against teams (via a provided map) to find the clues. There will be two divisions so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy: a Competitive Division and a Family Division. Don't have a bike, no problem, you can rent one at Bobby's Bike Hike for a discounted rate.

Cyclofemme Central Arkansas Ride

When: Sun, May 12, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Two Rivers Park (map)
Description: Join us for a ladies ride celebrating women on two wheels and encouraging more women to Come Ride With Us. View the Facebook event here: https://www.fac​​s/4339030066898​27/

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