May is National Bike Month
Today marks the start of National Bike Month and communities across the country are celebrating in their own unique way. Northern Arizona is gearing up to showcase their bike-friendly communities and celebrate the beautiful bike trails in the region. This national campaign has grown by leaps and bounds since its initiation in 1956, and for good reason. Generally, people are embracing sustainable transportation methods and adding active routines into their daily practice. National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of biking and to encourage more folks to give biking a try.
"Why bikes?" - From Strong Towns
A bike-friendly town is more affordable for residents—who can save thousands of dollars every year if they have the option to bike instead of drive. It also builds healthier communities, both financially and physically.
A bike-friendly town is also more affordable for the whole community. Bike infrastructure is far cheaper to maintain than car infrastructure and results in more financially productive places—not to mention healthier, safer citizens (including drivers).
Rural Communities are Embracing the Trend
What once was an urban initiative has since expanded to our rural communities. Northern Arizona communities are taking advantage of this celebration of their beautiful trails and accessible roadways, encouraging community members to enjoy this eco-friendly way to enjoy their rural towns.
Bike to Work Week
National Bike Month includes an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide — including community-wide "Bike to Work Week" - MORE
Check out these "Bike to Work Week"
Festivities in Northern Arizona:
Go Local for Bikes, Gear, Repairs, or a Tune Up?
As part of National Bike Month, you can support the many local, independent businesses which supply bike enthusiasts and friendly riders with gear, maintenance, repairs and service that help keep your bike on the road. Be sure to swing by any or all of these great bike gear locations for just what you need to stay on the road.
Cottonwood has organized a bunch of fun, family-friendly events to celebrate Bike to Work Week. Check out the schedule below. For more information on registering teams and chances to win awards click here or email [email protected]
Bike Week Event Schedule:
SATURDAY, May 13
Mayor's Ride (8:00-9:00 am)
All communities and members of the public are welcome to join Cottonwood's Mayor Elinski for this event to kick-off the week-long celebration. The ride will be 2.7 miles, beginning and ending Garrison Park, 39 Brian Mickelsen Parkway. The course is a mostly flat, family-friendly ride with your neighbors through the heart of Cottonwood.
Cycle and Safety Bike Rodeo (9:30-11:30 am)
Hosted by Yavapai County Community Health Services, this family-friendly event promotes safety through interactive activities including helmet decorating and a bike skills course . There will be plenty of opportunities for children to learn new skills and important precautions for bicycle safety.
Bicycle Buy & Sell (9:30-11:30 am)
In need of a used bike, or looking to sell one to a fellow community member? Join us at Garrison Park, 39 Brian Mickelsen Pkwy. 20% of all proceeds will go to Chain Reaction Bicycle Project: a non-profit organization that up-cycles donated bikes and gives them to people in need.
Wednesday, May 17
Ride of Silence (5:00 pm)
A slow and silent hour ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured. Cyclists will meet at the playground at Riverfront Park, 1284 E River Front Rd.
Friday, May 19
Social Ride (8:00 am)
Join a group of local bike-enthusiasts on their weekly ride. Beginners welcome! Rides are usually an hour and a half long. Meet at Jerona Care, 677 E Mingus Ave.
Join Flagstaff for their 16th year promoting Flagstaff Bike to Work & School Week, May 21st through May 26th. Enjoy tons of fun events and activities throughout the week, including the "5 Days of Biking" challenge. More information on how you can participate and the full schedule of events and activities all week long can be found here.
Bike Week Event Schedule
Sunday, May 21
Bike Bazaar (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Kick-off the week on Heritage Square. This action-packed, family-friendly event includes the 15th Annual Human-Powered Parade, a Bike & Gear Swap, $10 helmet sale for kids and adults, the Mountain Line – Bike / Bus Demonstration, kids games and exhibits on commuting safely, local bike events and programs, and even bike art.
Monday, May 22
Commuter Ride (7:15 am)
Come join local elected leaders, officials, your friends and neighbors for a short “commuter” ride through downtown to finish at City Hall for a free breakfast. A group of cyclists sharing the roads make a statement. A brick for display in Heritage Square will be given to community members that has gone above and beyond the call of duty for cycling in Flagstaff.
Tuesday, May 23
Savvy Cyclist Bike Safety Class (6:00-7:00 pm)
This adult-focused class will be taught by the League of American Bicyclist Certified Instructor, Martin Ince.
Wednesday, May 24
Bike to Breakfast Day (6:30-9:00 am)
Bike-friendly businesses around Flagstaff are once again sponsoring Bicycle Breakfast stops this year. Check to see which stop is along your route, hit one or hit them all! Coffee, juice, muffins, bagels, donuts and other breakfast treats will fuel your commute.
Bike to School Day (6:30-9:00 am)
Ride with your school and classmates!
Kidical Mass Bike Ride and Ice Cream Social (4:00 pm, 5:00-7:00pm)
Starting at the parking lot of Sechrist Elementary School – 2230 N Fort Valley Rd. Route to be determined. All kids under 18 must wear a helmet. All riders are welcome! The ride will be followed by an Ice Cream Social, Kid Bike Games, Iron-on Transfer Station & Crafts starting at 5:00. A food truck will be on-site to provide dinner options.
Thursday, May 25
Lowell Observatory's "Mars Hill Challenge Ride" (10:00 am-5:00 pm)
Mars Hill Road …. yep, you probably know it, the paved ½-mile winding climb from Thorpe Park to the scenic overlook and then up to Lowell Observatory that beckons cyclists to pit their aerobic prowess against its steep 10-12% grade.
Flagstaff Bike to Night Out (TBA)
We are looking for local bars and restaurants who want to help us to promote cycling by offering a one-time deal for folks who ride to dinner or the bar during Flagstaff Bike to Night Out! - Register
Friday, may 26
Bike to Beer (5:00-7:00 pm)
Join cyclists at the Tinderbox Annex for a New Belgium Cruiser Raffle, drink specials, giveaways, and more.