Bike Week 2011

by Bike Charlottesville on April 21, 2011

May is Bike Month

Every month is Bike Month, if you ask us.  May is special, however; it’s the National Bike Month.  To celebrate, how about a daily ride with your friends. Or you can join up with one of the many bike clubs in the area for a group ride (weekday evening and weekend morning options) and make some new friends. Check out the Bike Charlottesville calendar for upcoming events.

Bike Counts.  The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Bike Charlottesville, and ACCT have joined forces for a compehensive bike count throughout the City and County on Sat, May 7th from 12-2pm and on Wed, May 11th from 5-7pm.  To volunteer, contact Sarah Rhodes at srhodes@tjpdc.org. “If you don’t count, you don’t count.”

Bike Week.  Spring is here. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get your bike out of the garage, dust off the seat, pump up the tires and of course, put those safety tips to use because May is National Bike Month and May 16-21 is Charlottesville Albemarle Bike Week. To celebrate, Bike CharlottesvilleCharlottesville Community BikesAlliance for Community Choice in Transportation, and UVa Parking & Transportation have teamed up with local sponsors to offer a bevy of free events for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Fliers and News Release for download.  Please help spread the word by posting fliers at your work, school, gym, coffee shop, sandwich shop, etc.

Monday, May 16th, 12-1pm: Cross Town Ride, News Conference, Community Partner Awards
12pm Depart UVa Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage (free parking provided by UVa)
~12:30pm News Conference & Awards Ceremony at City Hall Plaza on the Downtown Mall

Join Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris, City Councilors, and other community leaders and residents for a 2-mile, one-way, bike ride. We’ll ride together at an easy pace along the central portion of the East/West corridor which connects the County of Albemarle, the University of Virginia, and the City. When we get to City Hall Plaza, we’ll hold a news conference to recognize the recipients of the first-ever Bike Charlottesville Community Partner Awards.

The Cross Town Ride route (Ivy Rd, University Ave, W. Main St, Water St) will give participants a bicycle-level view of the East/West corridor. Improvements are slated to roll out over the Summer months and are expected to increase cyclist ridership. Retailers and restaurateurs along the route should see an increase in patronage by cyclists, especially where there are bike parking options nearby.

If it’s raining at 11am, the ride will be cancelled and the news conference and Bike Charlottesville Community Partner Awards will be held at the Charlottesville Pavilion, beginning at 12:30pm.

Generously sponsored by the City of CharlottesvilleThe Engraving Shop, and UVa Parking & Transportation.

Tuesday, May 17th, 6-8pm: Charlottesville Community Bikes Open House + Intro to Biking
612C Preston Ave (behind Moxie). For directions: http://www.cvillecommunitybikes.org

Charlottesville Community Bikes invites area residents to an open house where they’ll receive one-stop help getting ready for Bike to Work Day: tune-ups, bike maintenance self-help skills, bike commuting routes and advice, and traffic safety instruction.

Generously sponsored by Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT)and Charlottesville Community Bikes.

Wednesday, May 18th, 6:15-8:00pm: Ride of Silence – Charlottesville
Start / Finish: MLK Jr Performing Arts Center. Registration requested: BikeReg.com

Join Mayor Dave Norris, Del. David Toscano and the cycling community on a silent, 7-mile long, police-escorted procession through Charlottesville. Coinciding with the 8th annual, world-wide Ride of Silence, we will ride from the MLK Jr Performing Arts Center to Downtown and back to raise awareness of cyclists and to honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes are not aware of the cyclists themselves. “I highly encourage all cyclists to join us; feedback from last year’s Ride of Silence participants was amazing” said Alan Bewley, event organizer. “The silence can be deafening.”

The ride is free; participants need only sign a waiver (via BikeReg.com), wear a helmet, and come prepared with lights for biking during low light conditions.

Generously sponsored by the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike ClubCharlottesville Racing Club,Fortuna Cycling, and Monticello Velo.

Thursday, May 19th, 12-1pm: UVa Lunch & Learn “Bike Commuting 101” SOLD OUT
UVa Carruthers Hall, Conference Room A. Registration required:http://www.virginia.edu/parking/TDM/class.html

Want to save on gas money? Interested in incorporating more exercise into your daily routine? Want to enjoy the commute to work more? Consider bike commuting. Think you can’t do it because you live too far away, need to run errands at lunch, or are nervous about riding in traffic? Come learn answers to these scenarios and more. This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning the how-to’s of bike commuting. Lunch will be provided. Registration limited, so sign up soon. One lucky attendee will win a free bike helmet and shoe covers.

Generously sponsored by Blue Ridge Cyclery and UVa Parking & Transportation.

Friday, May 20th, 7-9am and 4-6pm: BIKE TO WORK DAY Energizer Stations
7-9am: Main Street Market, Albemarle County Office Building, Rugby Rd / University Ave
4-6pm: Main Street Market, Albemarle County Office Building, Rugby Rd / University Ave

Bike commuting provides a healthy, invigorating, and low-cost alternative to driving. It’s even more enjoyable when cyclists stop by one of the Bike To Work Day Energizer Stations for complimentary refreshments and chances to win cool prizes. Year-round, cyclists are encouraged to patronize the local merchants along the East/West corridor in appreciation for their support of extended bike lanes on W. Main St.

Generously sponsored by Albemarle Baking CompanyAlliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT)Blue Moon DinerBlue Wheel BicyclesCalvino CafeUVa Parking & TransportationWhole Foods Market, and Zinc Bistro.

Saturday, May 21st, 10am – 1pm: Tour de Coop, Potluck, Puppet Show
Jefferson School / Carver Rec Center, 201 4th St NW

The latest in a string of wildly successful, themed bike tours around town comes the Tour de Coop, which combines urban poultry farming with the joy of biking for transportation. Area residents are invited to join in on this family-friendly, easy-paced bike ride through several city neighborhoods to visit poultry Americans and tour their abodes. At the final stop, there will be a puppet show and potluck. Suggested donation is $5 for Charlottesville Community Bikes.

Generously sponsored by Charlottesville League of Urban Chicken Keepers (CLUCK) andCharlottesville Community Bikes

Saturday, May 21st, 3-5pm: 9th Annual Children’s Bicycle Rodeo
Washington Park, in the basketball court area behind the pool

Parents of children ages 6-12 are invited to bring their children along with their bikes to a free, hands-on bike riding event. Kids who don’t have a bike can use one from the rodeo’s fleet. Free helmets will be given to participants and bikes will be checked by volunteers from Charlottesville Community Bikes. During the rodeo, young people will navigate through stations that are designed to challenge their balance, coordination and knowledge of bike safety. All participants, upon course completion, will earn a certificate, snacks and the opportunity to enter a raffle for great bike-themed prizes.

Generously sponsored by the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT),Charlottesville Community BikesCity of Charlottesville Police Department, and Rose Hill Neighborhood Association.

All month long: Double the Wheels
June 4th celebration: Random Row Books, 315 W. Main St

Throughout Bike Month, cyclists around town will be enrolling their bikeless friends in Double the Wheels, a campaign to rapidly increase the number of people who travel by bike. The campaign culminates with a celebration on June 4th, Double the Wheels – Double the Party. Ian Ayers, founder, believes social influence is the trigger that encourages and sustains a new rider. “People want to ride with their friends; Double the Wheels helps them do that.”

Generously sponsored by Double the Wheels.

We have volunteer needs throughout Bike Week. Can you pitch in for an hour or two? Please fill out your information below to volunteer.

Sponsored by:

Albemarle Baking Company

ACCT

Blue Wheel Bicycles

Calvino Coffee

Charlottesville Police

Community Bikes

Charlottesville Racing Club

Double the Wheels

Fortuna

The Engraving Shop

UVA Parking & Transportation

Whole Foods Market

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