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April Showers brings May Bike Month!

Posted by Deb Fitzgerald on April 30, 2014


Bike Month is back, and the best way to celebrate is simply to get on a bike: ride to school, ride to the store, ride to work,  or just ride for the pleasure  of being outside soaking up the spring weather.

But if you want something a little more structured, there sure is a lot to choose from:

Friday, May 2:

What  Costume Bike Parade and Film Festival
Where Turner Pavilion (Farmers Market)

5:30 pm: Face painting (thanks to Larkin Arts!) at the Turner Pavilion (Farmers Market)
The parade departs at 6:30 pm.  Best Costume prize gets awarded after the parade, so don’t leave too early!

Saturday, May 3:

What  DR100
Where   Church of the Nazarene,  1871 Boyers Road Harrisonburg
8:00 a.m. – 68 mile ride; 9:00 a.m. – 31 mile ride

Three options to choose from: 30 miles, 68 miles (100 km), and new this year, a family fun ride! After the ride, lunch will be served from 11:30 am till 3:00 pm.   Go  here or here  or here  for more details.

 Sunday, May 4:

What   First Ice Cream Ride
Where 2pm at Kline’s Dairy Bar on E. Wolfe St.

This one is a short, casual ride for the whole family through the streets of Harrisonburg. Come on out and see what a great place our city is to ride a bike! After the ride, join us for ice cream at Kline’s.

Wednesday, May 7:

What   Bike to School Day
Where  Various

Want your school to have an event? Grab a few interested parents and call Becky at (540) 810-2005 or Nathan at (540) 421-4526 for support and resources on how to get started.  Thomas Harrison Middle School will host Bike to School Day and have prizes and activities when kids arrive on bikes.

Students and parents are encouraged to ditch the car or school bus and BIKE to school on Wednesday, May 7, joining lots of other families for National Bike to School Day.

Parents: join together with your neighbors and friends to form bike trains—adults in the front and back, and kids ride in the middle—a fun and healthy way to get to school.

Saturday, May 10:

What   Commuter Workshop          Go here has more details.
Where   Shenandoah Bicycle Company in downtown Harrisonburg any time between 11:00 am and 2:00

Stop by to learn about the basics of riding your bike for transportation.   You’ll enjoy demos, maps, and specials, with folks to help answer any of your bike commuter questions.

Sunday, May 11:

What   Women’s Ride on April 11 in conjunction with the internationally celebrated CycloFemme
Where  Kline’s Dairy Bar on East Wolfe Street at 2:00

This hour-long ride is for anyone who wants to celebrate women, mothers and daughters so you do not have to be a female to ride. We ride at a comfortable, casual pace and no one will be left behind! Whether this is your first ride in years or if you’re a pro, join us for a fun, short ride.  Join the Women of Harrisonburg on Wheels Facebook group for updates and details on this ride and others!

Friday, May 16:

What:   Bike to Work Day
Where:  Various  has more details.

Join people all over the country and ride your bike to work today! While you’re at it, organize a team of riders from your workplace and participate in a little friendly competition (with prizes!)

Be sure to stop at Court Square on your way to work for a free breakfast, served from 7 till 10 am…

…and then on your way home, stop in at Clementine Café between 4:30 and 6:30 and celebrate your accomplishment with other Bike-to-Workers!

Sunday, May 18:

What   Kids’ Bike Rodeo, ages K-5
Where 1-3 pm at the Rocktown Trails in Hillandale Park.
This is a great day to bring the kids out for some fun on bikes! We will have an obstacle course led by a group from the Harrisonburg Police Department, group trail rides, and free bike and helmet adjustments.

Friday-Sunday, May 16-18

 Bike to Worship Weekend
Where Various
Ride your bike to services this weekend, and encourage those who worship with you to join you!

Sunday, May 25

 Ice Cream Ride Number Two!
Where  Meet at 2pm at Kline’s Dairy Bar on E. Wolfe St.

The second  casual ride for the whole family through the streets of Harrisonburg. Come on out and see what a great place our city is to ride a bike! After the ride, join us for ice cream at Kline’s!

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