When sustainable transportation advocates of New Community Project kicked off Harrisonburg’s first-ever Bike Month in May 2010, little did they realize that their efforts would today be attracting attention from around the state and region.
To better serve folks who might not identify as a cyclist just yet (maybe you haven’t been on a bike since you were a kid?) we’ve expanded the events and activities throughout May.
While we’ve kept the tried-and-true favorites – like Bike to Work Day, Bike Rodeo, DR100, and Ride of Silence – we’re excited to add:
- Neighborhood Rides (short, slow Sunday rides around town)
- Bike to Worship Weekend (sign up your congregation for just one day)
- Costume Bike Parade & Film Festival (in conjunction with First Fridays Downtown)
- Women’s Ride (great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and the women in your life)
- Bike to School Day (Thomas Harrison is leading the charge)
- Bike-themed Kids Storytime (thanks to Ten Thousand Villages Harrisonburg)
Thanks to year-round initiatives that encourage more folks and families to consider walking or biking to places they want to go – like the One Mile Challenge (2009-2010), Northend Greenway, Safe Routes to School, Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo and Walk to School Day – Harrisonburg is fast becoming a hub for human-powered commuting. Because of our commitment to local advocacy and action, we agreed to continue coordination of Bike Month Harrisonburg and, together with the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, are happy to announce that it’s on course to being the best yet.
And with Bike Month just two months away, it looks like we’re getting some regional attention. Check out this great article by the Examiner.com (below) and stay tuned for more updates here as well on the Bike Month Harrisonburg website.
Plan ahead for National Bike Month in Harrisonburg
The Harrisonburg Tourism website already has many cycling events for Bike Month listed on the May calendar of activities.
Among the activities in Harrisonburg are the DR100 Walk/Run/Ride, National Ride of Silence, Competitive Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day, Bike to Worship Weekend and Bike Rodeo.
In addition to Bike Month events, the Shenadoah Valley Bicycle Coalition offers community rides nearly every day of the week.
The SVBC is working with the New Community Project’s Northend Greenway to plan the many activities that will take place during the month-long celebration of cycling.
Bike Month activities in Harrisonburg were started in 2010 by the New Community Project, a non-profit organization committed to community, peace and sustainable living.
At that time, there were already a couple of cycling events taking place in Harrisonburg during May: the Bike Rodeo, Ride of Silence and DR100 Walk/Run/Ride.
Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation’s Bike Rodeo continues to be a big hit with local kids. This year’s event will feature a day of fun and safety for kids including helmet fittings, an obstacle course, safety tips from Harrisonburg city bike cops and more.
Many Harrisonburg cyclists continue to participate each year in the world-wide Ride of Silence, which is now in its tenth year of honoring cyclists injured or killed while cycling on public roadways and raise awareness of the need to share the roadways.
The DR100 Walk/Run/Ride offers a 68-mile Metric Century ride and a 30-mile Half Metric ride. Many additional events have been added to Bike Month in the past three years.
The competitive Bike to Work Day challenges employees of local businesses to to compete for the highest participation and most miles cycled.
Many volunteers including Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s Safe Routes to School educator will help guide local children to their schools on Harrisonburg Bike to School Day.
There will also be a Bike to Worship Weekend, neighborhood rides and a costume bike parade with cyclists of all ages dressing up and riding to Court Square Theatre for a cycling-themed film festival.
Two-time National Champion and Pan American Games gold medalist cycler Jeremiah Bishop will stop at some of these events in his hometown of Harrisonburg to participate in the rides, show his support, sign autographs and chat with locals about his upcoming Alpine Loop Gran Fondo event in September.
Many other cities and communities across the country are planning events for Bike Month. Here in Virginia, Richmond, Roanoke and Lynchburg are among the cities with plans for community cycling events during May.
Originally posted on March 17, 2013 on Examiner.com by Sandy Wallace. See original post at: http://www.examiner.com/article/plan-ahead-for-national-bike-month-harrisonburg