May is Bike Everywhere Month, and Spokane Public Radio is proud to once again be the exclusive Media Partner, highlighting bike commuting to work, school, and everywhere! Join us all month long for bike friendly events!
May Bike Everywhere Month is a project of the Spokane Bicycle Club in conjunction with the Spokefest Association. A volunteer committee organizes a number of events throughout the month, and a full calendar is available at SpokaneBikes.org. Find Spokane Public Radio staff and volunteers at these events:
Monday, May 13, 7am-9am
Kick-off Breakfast @ Riverfront Park, Spokane Falls Blvd at Post
Kick off a week of bike commuting with pancakes, coffee, and live music. Meet other bike commuters, and hear what leaders in our community are doing to make Spokane a better and safer bike community.
Tuesday, May 14, 7am-9am
Energizer Station @ Historic Fire Station #3, Monroe and Sharp
Join SPR staffers and volunteers for a cup of Craven's Coffee and a snack as you make your way to work and school.
Friday, May 17, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Wrap-up Party @ River City Brewing, 121 S. Cedar
Wrap up the week in style with free beer and pizza thanks to generous Bike to Work Week sponsors. We'll be there with information about upcoming events and to help give away door prizes.
Other May Bike Everywhere Events:
Bloomsday Bike Corral
Sunday, May 5, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Location: Riverfront Park at west end of Clocktower Meadow. The Spokane Bicycle Club is offering a bike corral for Bloomsday participants and spectators. The Club is providing secure attended FREE bike parking for anyone who would like to bike to the start of the race. Riders are welcome to leave warmup clothes, picnic baskets, etc. with their bikes. We’ll take care of it all. Note: Bags are subject to security inspection before being accepted into the corral.
University District Bridge celebration
Tuesday, May 7, 1:00 PM Sherman & Martin Luther King Jr. Way
National Bike to School Day
Thursday, May 8th. Area schools offer celebrations to encourage student riders.
Kendall Yards and Centennial Trail Ride, flat-fixing clinic at REI
Thursday, May 9 – 5:30 PM, at Olmsted Green Park in Kendall Yards, Summit Parkway & Nettleton. Enjoy spectacularly scenic portions of the Centennial Trail, then swing by REI for flat-fixing tips from the pro's. 9 miles. Spokane Bicycle Club ride - ALL WELCOME. Helmet required.
Saturday, May 11, 1 – 2:30 pm at Chief Garry Park.
Kids and their families are invited to Kidical Mass, a fun, safe bike ride especially for kids. Join this family friendly afternoon bike ride of about 3 miles cycling on anything that rolls! All types of bikes, trailers, Xtracycles, bakfiets, tandems, folding bikes, trikes are welcome! Ride through the Chief Garry neighborhood beginning at Chief Garry Park. Presented by Summer Parkways & Christ the King Church.
Mothers Day Park and Cookie Ride
Sunday, May 12, 2 PM at Comstock Park, south end. Ride around southside neighborhood parks. Cookies and tea in the park after. 8 miles. Spokane Bicycle Club ride – ALL WELCOME. Helmets required on ride.
Bike to Work Week (May 13-17th) events:
Pancake breakfast in Riverfront Park
Monday, May 13, 7 – 9 AM, at ice-skating plaza
Mountain Gear flips blueberry pancakes for hungry cyclists. Roast House brings the coffee. Music and mingling with other cycling enthusiasts. Representative from the City and Washington State Dept of Transportation will be on hand to discuss cycling amenities that are in the works.
Spokane Bicycle Club General Meeting
Monday, May 13, 6:30 PM, at Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6021 E Mansfield
Public WELCOME – Educational and adventure programs offered, plus treats and cycling fellowship.
Tuesday, May 14, 7-9 AM at various locations around Spokane
Grab snacks, coffee and other goodies at energizer stations hosted by local businesses, non-profits, and cycling clubs all around the city. Map at: spokanebicycleclub.org/Energizer-Stations
Sandifur Bridge to Fish Lake Trail Ride
Wednesday, May 15, 11:45 – 1:30 p.m. Starting at Riverfront Park, next to runners' statues
City of Spokane engineer Brandon Blankenagel will lead a bike ride to explore a proposed route through High Bridge Park, connecting Sandifur Bridge to the Fish Lake Trail at Milton St. Unpaved path – mountain bike suggested.
Ride of Silence
Wednesday May 15, 6:00 PM at Riverfront Park, Michael Anderson statue (next to Opera House)
A silent procession to honor cyclists killed or injured on the road. A short dedication will precede the ride. Spokane Bicycle Police will be escorting us on our loop in the downtown area. Helmet required on ride. Learn more about Ride of Silence effort at: rideofsilence.org/
The Danes are Coming - 'Spokane in Motion'
Thursday, May 16 5:30 pm, Gonzaga Hemmingson Auditorium, lower level. Danish cycling expert, Troels Andersen and local expert, Spencer Gardner, will present interesting insights on bicycles and infrastructure in Denmark and the U.S. Q&A to follow.
National Bike Everywhere Day – Pizza and Beer Party
Friday, May 17, 5:30 – 7:00 PM at David's Pizza, 803 W. Mallon
We’ll celebrate National Bike Everywhere Day in style with beer and free pizza at David's Pizza. Be there to win door prizes and celebrate! All May bike riders are welcome– utility riders, racers, recreational riders, parents coaching their kids' biking (Yeah! – nurturing the next generation of cyclists).
Hike n Bike South Hill Natural Areas
May 19, 6:00 PM, at Hazels Creek, entrance on 42nd St & S Ray St.
Tour three recently created natural areas on southside, plus Ben Burr Trail (north end). Optional hike in Hazel's Creek natural area at end of bike ride. 8 miles. Spokane Bicycle Club ride - ALL WELCOME. Helmet required.
Children of the Sun Ride
Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 pm – Farwell Elementary, 13005 N. Crestline St
Ride the Children of the Sun Trail to it's southern terminus in Hillyard. We'll discuss details of the planned extension of the Trail to the Spokane River. 9 miles. Spokane Bicycle Club ride – ALL WELCOME. Helmets required.
Latah Creek Trail Ride
Sunday, May 26, 2:00 pm - Sandifur Bridge parking lot, off Clarke St.
Explore Latah Creek paths, Highbridge Park, quaint Vinegar Flats neighborhood. We'll be joined by an expert from Inland Northwest Trails, a group that 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. Mixture of compact gravel and paved roads.Spokane Bicycle Club Ride - ALL WELCOME. Helmet required on ride.
Appleway Trail Ride
Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 pm – Appleway Trail, at corner of University and Appleway Blvd
Ride this convenient new trail to the east end of Spokane Valley, then loop back on city bike lanes. 9 miles. Spokane Bicycle Club Ride - ALL WELCOME. Helmet required on ride.
Eastside Community Ride - Bike Everywhere Month Grand Finale!
Friday, May 31, 5:30 – 7:30 pm - East Central Community Center, 500 S Stone St.
Riders will learn more about the Eastside neighborhood and find safe biking routes. Ride includes Ben Burr Trail, University District Bridge, Iron Bridge. End with a meal at Fresh Soul restaurant.
More information at spokanebicycleclub.org/spokanebikes