BIKE MONTH EVENTS – 2017

Cycling Activities Happen All Month Long

Be Counted!

Registration is at National Bike Challenge.  The Challenge starts May 1. Sign up is open NOW. Sign up individually, or join a team, based on your workplace, club or group of friends.  You will be able to compare your mileage and daily participation against other cyclists in the area.  All cycling miles count, whether commuting, participating in events or club rides, or just having fun on your bike.  Mileage can be uploaded electronically via Strava app or entered manually.

Note: Helmets are required for participation in the organized rides listed below.

Kick-off Breakfast –Mon., May 1, 7-9 AM  @ Riverfront Park, north picnic shelter

Our generous sponsors, Mountain Gear and Roast House Coffee, serve you blueberry pancakes and coffee while you listen to live music and mingle. Who knows — you might even find a riding buddy for the month.  Map

Getting Started (or Restarted) Biking – Tue, May 2, 6-7 PM @ Eastside library, 524 S. Stone

Join Spokane Bicycle Club members and expert Two Wheel Transit mechanic Dave Mannino, as they discuss good cycling routes, bike selection, bike safety, theft-deterrence.  Details here

Beginner Mountain Bike Ride in Riverside State Park- Tuesday, May 3, 6:00 PM

Spokane Bicycle Club ride – ALL WELCOME. Meet at Wilbur Trailhead in Riverside St Park (Discover Pass required). Trailhead is off 7-Mile Rd,  2nd parking lot in.   1.5 hour ride, mostly double-track.

Bike to Bloomsday Bike Corral – Sun, May 7, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Spokane Bicycle Club is hosting FREE, attended bike parking for Bloomsday participants and spectators.  Ride right down to Riverfront Park, adjacent to the race start.  Bike Club people will keep your bike safe while you run Bloomsday or cheer the runners.  Map here.

Spokane Bicycle Club General Meeting – Mon, May 8, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Mountain Gear Headquarters

Presentation by keep-it-simple bike tourists Paul and Sheila Brunton.  The focus is  on cheap and fabulous touring right out your door, as they bike the Selkirk loop.  PUBLIC WELCOME.  Location: 6021 E Mansfield Ave, Spokane Valley. 

 Bike to School Day – Wed, May 10

This study shows that kids who walk or bike to school are better able to concentrate once they get there.

Broadway Elementary is putting on after-school bike safety education classes, culminating in a Bike to School celebration.

Stevens Elementary is partnering with Safe Routes to School for a Bike/Walk to School celebration. 

Pub & Grub Ride – Thursday, May 11 6:15 PM

Spokane Bicycle Club ride- ALL WELCOME.  Meet at downtown pkg lot, Washington & Riverside, next to Dania.  Short ride on the Centennial Trail.  Visit Liberty Ciderworks then Soulful Soups after the ride. Both businesses give discounts to bicyclists that ride their bike to the business.  

Saltese Upland Loop – Friday, May 12, 6 PM

Meet: Saltese Upland Trailhead (Take I-90 E from Spokane and get off on exit 293. Turn right onto N Barker Rd and then left onto E Sprague Ave. Take a right onto S Henry Rd and follow it to the trail head.). Saltese and Henry loop, quiet country roads. Experienced leader, Marc Mims, has been leading rides from Bike Hub for many years, and will include quick tips on group riding. Pace will be leisurely. Fair weather ride – rain, or threat of rain, will cancel.

Kidical Mass – Sat, May 13 1:00 PM

Kidical Mass is a 3-mile bike ride in the Chief Gary Park.  This is the first in a series of family-friendly rides.  Details here.

Mother’s Day Park Loop – Sun, May 14 2:00 PM

Spokane Bicycle Club ride – ALL WELCOME. Meet at Comstock Park, south end.  Ride thru scenic neighborhoods and a proposed southside greenway.  Cookies in the park afterward.  6 miles.

Centennial Trail Ride –  Mon, May 15, 6 PM

Meet: Mirabeau Trailhead of the Centennial Trail, east parking lot. Ride the trail to Barker and back. Experienced leader, Marc Mims, has been leading rides from Bike Hub for many years, and will include quick tips on group riding. Pace will be leisurely. Fair weather ride – rain, or threat of rain, will cancel.

Energizer Stations – Tue., May 16, 7-9 AM  @ various locations around town.

Grab snacks, coffee and other goodies at energizer stations hosted by local businesses and non-profits around the city.  MAP

Bicycle Advisory Board – Tuesday, May 16, 6 PM @ Spokane City Council Chambers Briefing Room

Citizen volunteers meet monthly to consult with city staff on cycling related projects.  All welcome. This month a representative from Washington St Dept of Transportation will be discussing Children of the Sun Trail, and the Trent St. bridge replacement.  Agendas here.

Ride of Silence – Wed., May 17, 5:45 pm @ Riverfront Park.

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Meeting location: Michael Anderson statue, north of INB Performing Arts Center. A silent procession to honor cyclists killed or injured on the road. A short dedication will precede the ride. Meet by the Michael Anderson statue, north of INB Performing Arts Center. Wear helmets.  Our Spokane Bicycle Police will be escorting us on our loop in the downtown area.

Downtown Bicycle Tour – Thu, May 18, noon @ Kendall Yards (The Nest, 1335 Summit Parkway)

Join city officials and others on a tour of downtown bike facilities, new Centennial Trail signage, Kendall Yards,  the upcoming University District Bridge and navigating through/around Riverfront Park. Aimed at riders of all abilities. The Spokane Police bike patrol will join us as well!

Bike Everywhere DAY – Fri., May 19, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

We’ll celebrate in style with beer and free pizza. River City Brewing.   Be there to win door prizes and celebrate your effort!

Latah Creek, Vinegar Flats Ride – Sun, May 21 – 2:00 PM

Spokane Bicycle Club Ride – ALL WELCOME.  Meet: Sandifur Bridge pkg lot, off Clarke St (west of Peaceful Valley) Mixture of compact gravel and paved roads.   Explore Latah Creek paths, Highbridge Park, quaint Vinegar Flats neighborhood.  We’ll be joined by an expert from Inland Northwest Trails, which is working on a developed trail in this area.  Frequent stops as we explore existing little-known trail connections, and discuss future plans for the area.  Plan on about 2 hours of entertaining exploration.

 Ben Burr Trail, Iron Bridge Loop – Tue, May 23 – 6:00 PM

Sponsored by Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board & Spokane Bicycle Club – ALL WELCOME. Meet: Lincoln Park on 17th.  Enjoy the newly paved Ben Burr Trail, and connections to Iron Bridge, then swing back thru town on 5th Ave bike lanes.  9 miles.  

Beginner Mountain Bike Ride in Riverside State Park- Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 PM

Spokane Bicycle Club ride – ALL WELCOME. Meet at Wilbur Trailhead in Riverside St Park (Discover Pass required). Trailhead is off 7-Mile Rd, 2nd parking lot in off 7-Mile Rd.   1.5 hour ride, mostly double-track.

Liberty Lake/Centennial Trail Ride – Thursday, May 25, Noon

Spokane Bicycle Club ride – ALL WELCOME.  Meet: Town Square Park (1421 N. Meadowwood Lane) at noon.  Ride Appleway, cross to Centennial Trail, follow CT north of freeway, then back to town over bike/ped bridge.  Some in-town trailways  add to this basic loop.  Liberty Lake has a long history of bicycle trail and lane support.  Come enjoy!

Saltese Upland Loop – Friday, May 26, 6 PM

Meet: Saltese Upland Trailhead (Take I-90 E from Spokane and get off on exit 293. Turn right onto N Barker Rd and then left onto E Sprague Ave. Take a right onto S Henry Rd and follow it to the trail head.). Saltese and Henry loop, quiet country roads. Experienced leader, Marc Mims, has been leading rides from Bike Hub for many years, and will include quick tips on group riding. Pace will be leisurely. Fair weather ride – rain, or threat of rain, will cancel.

Ugly Industrial Ride – May 28, 2:00 PM

Spokane Bicycle Club ride – ALL WELCOME.  Meet: Felts Field pkg lot.  Take in soon-to-be developed Millwood Trail, then head toward downtown thru byways in the industrial area.  Some unpaved surfaces.  

Women-Only Kendall Yards, Centennial Trail Ride – Tue, May 30th – 6:00 PM.

Spokane Bicycle Club ride – ALL WELCOME. Meet:  Olmsted Brothers Greene in Kendall Yards, 6:00 PM. Enjoy spectacularly scenic portions of the Centennial Trail, then swing by REI for flat-fixing tips from the pro’s. 9 miles.  More info here

Bike & Hike to Southside Natural areas – Wed, May 31 – 6:00 PM

Spokane Bicycle Club ride – ALL WELCOME.  Meet: Hazels Creek, entrance on 42nd , west of Freya. 

 

Ride to four recently created natural areas on southside, plus Ben Burr Trail (south end).  Optional hike at Hazels Creek at end of ride.

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