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May = Bike Month

bike wallHere’s a press release from GObike Buffalo:

Join GObike Buffalo and Celebrate Bike Month This May

“Bike Month is an excellent time for anyone to hop on a bike and give it a try. Whether you are a complete novice or a lifetime cyclist, Buffalo will be brimming with opportunities and events to celebrate the joy of bicycling.” – Tivona Renoni, Community Outreach Coordinator of GObike Buffalo

[Buffalo, NY] — With spring in the air, GObike Buffalo is announcing that May is National Bike Month sponsored by the League of American Cyclists. There are a variety of activities to engage cyclists that range from bicycle commuter breakfasts to various themed rides; a complete schedule for the month can be found at http://gobikebuffalo.org/bike-month/.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, “Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.”

When asked why he rides, GObike Board Member Heron Simmonds-Price responded, “It sets a positive example for my two kids and biking reduces my carbon foot-print. While I bike 12 months out of the year May is always festive; it’s great to see other people on the road in greater numbers. It is also very encouraging to see the new infrastructure all over Buffalo.”

Bike month is the perfect opportunity for anyone to try riding a bike. With the variety of events we have planned as well as the various community organized rides, breakfasts, and more – this month definitely has something to offer for everyone.

Here are some tips that will help you enjoy biking during the month:

• Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop
• Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash
• Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are traveling
• Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings
• Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act
• Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns

Be on the lookout for exciting biking events coming up in the month of May!

 

More about GOBike Buffalo:

Through advocacy efforts, infrastructure improvements and community programs, GObike Buffalo strives to make positive impacts on our environment, community, health and economy by making Buffalo a great place for bicycling. Visit us on the web at GObikeBuffalo.org.

More about Bike Month:

Artists and Cyclists: Friday, May 2nd : 6-9pm. Allen St. will be closed between Franklin and Virginia Pl. during the Allentown First Friday Art Walk. There will be participatory and bike-themed art installations and activities.

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Bike Month Blast Off: Saturday, May 3rd: 4-8pm at 98 Colvin Ave. A Bike Drive, BBQ, and Member Party. There will be music and Flying Bison beer available to those of age; this is a family friendly event. Free for members, suggested donation $10 or donate an old bike for non-members.

OK, these are bike racks outside a school in Holland, but we can dream.

OK, these are bike racks outside a school in Holland, but we can dream.

National Bike to School Day: Friday, May 9th before school. This event is right in line with the Buffalo Board of Education’s Physical Activity Committee regarding the district’s stated initiative of achieving 60 minutes of physical activity per day for students. There are currently 8 Buffalo Schools that are organizing events. Kids of all ages are encouraged to participate.

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CycloFemme: Sunday, May 11th: 11:00am 98 Colvin Ave. CycloFemme is a ride that honors the past, celebrates the present, and empowers the future of women on bikes and the opportunity for positive social change. In Buffalo we will take a leisurely ride through Delaware Park and along the Scajaquada Pathway to Squaw Island where riders can hang out and enjoy a picnic (bring your own picnic supplies).

Bike to Work Week Commuter Breakfasts:
May 12-16th GObike is co-hosting a Commuter Breakfast each day of that week:

Monday May 12th
– 7:00-9:00am Sweet_ness 7 @ 220 Grant St.
– 8:00-9:30am Sweet_ness 7 @ 301 Parkside Ave.
Tuesday May 13th
– 7:00-9:00am Sweet_ness 7 @ 220 Grant St.
– 8:00-9:30am Sweet_ness 7 @ 301 Parkside Ave.
Wednesday May 14th
-7:30-10am BreadHive Coop Bakery (123 Baynes St).
– 7:00-9:00am Sweet_ness 7 @ 220 Grant St.
– 8:00-9:30am Sweet_ness 7 @ 301 Parkside Ave.
Thursday May 15th
– 7:00-9:30am Golden Cup Cafe (883 Jefferson St.)
– 7:00-9:30am Café Taza (100 Elmwood Ave.)
Friday May 16th
– 6:30-10am at the Washington St. Parking Lot (929 Washington St.) with BNMC
– 7:00-9:00am Sweet_ness 7 @ 220 Grant St.
– 8:00-9:30am Sweet_ness 7 @ 301 Parkside Ave.

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Bike to Bisons Game: May 17th: Exact details TBD. There will be free and secure bike valet at the stadium for the 7:30pm game and a complimentary first beer. GObike is selling tickets: they are $10 for GObike members and $12 for non members.

Kidical Mass: May 18th: 10:30am . Meet at the Rose Garden / Playground area on Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park. This internationally celebrated ride intends to create a “Kidical Mass” of kids riding with their family. Organized by Stacy Bisker & Jesse Smith

SkyRide: May 31st: 10am – 4pm. A bicycle tour of historic locations, new bicycle infrastructure and an incredible, scenic ride over the Buffalo SkyWay, highlighting and celebrating the past, present and future of bicycling in Buffalo. Registration begins at 8:30am at Canalside. Ride starts at 10am. Food Trucks & Beer Tent at 12:30pm. For more information & registration visit: http://gobikebuffalo.org/skyride/