May 2023 is Bike Month Across the West!

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May is Bike Month, and has been since 1956 when the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) created the month long celebration. Check out the regional event calendar below!09

In the west, there are a bunch of events to get you excited and involved in cycling. This year, with the pandemic slowly, all to slowly, subsiding, many in person events are returning, while others are still being held virtually. Our 2023 Bike Month calendar of events is below.

The best thing you can do during Bike Month, is to ride your bike! Take part in the National Bike Month Challenge. Their website states, “The 2023 National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event that unites thousands of new and existing bicyclists across the country in a friendly campaign designed to celebrate and encourage biking. We want bike riders of all flavors to show their support for a bike-friendly USA and join the National Bike Challenge. Let’s create a happier, healthier world and get more people riding and smiling!”

In Utah, Move Utah is sponsoring the Move Utah Bike Month Strava Challenge, Bike Bingo, and has a great new bike month poster too.

A great way to honor those who have been hit or killed while cycling is by participating or organizing a Ride of Silence in your community, “On Wed. May 17th, 2023 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured 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 not aware of the cyclists themselves.” For more, see rideofsilence.org.

  • Tag your photos on social media with #bikemonth, #bikethere, and #bikejoy – LAB is promoting this social campaign.
  • Join your local or state bike advocacy organization – see the Advocacy section in the calendar in this issue for a few of those groups.
  • Join Cycling West and help us to make the world a better place through bicycling.
  • Comment on a local or national bike project. Support the Complete Streets Act
  • Check with your local transportation or streets department to see what projects are coming up and provide input.

Ride your bike! To the store, to work, for fun, with your family, on a date, up a hill, down a hill, to the mountains or to the sea, ride around your city clockwise and then counterclockwise, play bike bingo, or bike polo, race or don’t race, pop a wheelie, ride in the dirt, on the pavement, in the gravel, but most of all, just ride.
For more ideas, visit bikeleague.org

2023 Western States Bike Month Calendar

May 1-31, 2023Reno, Sparks, Truckee Bike Month, Bike Month, Reno Bike Week, Reno, NV, Commute by bike in Washoe County. Log your miles. Tons of other events too., Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance , 775-323-4488, [email protected], https://bikewashoe.org/bike-month/

May 1-31, 2023Flagstaff Bike Month, Bike Month, Flagstaff, AZ, Bike to work, record your commute, win prizes! Bike challenge, Bike Bingo, Bike Swap, Kidical Mass, Silent Auction, and more, Anthony Quintile, 928-526-7704, [email protected], Kyle Hornbeck, [email protected], flagstaffbiking.org

May 1-31, 2023SLUG Mag’s Annual Bike Issue, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, As soon as Utah Bike Month rolls around every May, we hop onto our rides and steer right into our annual Bike Issue. Learn about local organizations, businesses, groups and projects centered around cycling in our annual Bike Issue!, Angela Brown, 801-487-9221, [email protected], Nick Zunkowski, 801-487-9221, [email protected], Anne Olsen, [email protected], slugmag.com

May 3, 2023National Bike to School Day, Utah Bike Month, Everywhere, UT, A day to climb out of the motor vehicle and onto your bike on your way to school., None , [email protected], walkbiketoschool.org

May 4, 2023Bike to Work Day in Provo City, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Provo businesses will host stations located throughout the city and hand out free breakfast, drinks, and other treats to people who arrive by bike from 7:30 – 9:00 am. (Provo City’s breakfast station will be open at 6:30 am for early bird riders.) Pick up some breakfast and coffee, get to know your fellow commuters., Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org, facebook.com/events/176659717609495

May 5, 2023Bike To Work, School, and Play Day, Utah Bike Month, Park City, UT, Hosted at the Parley’s Park, Jeremy Ranch and Trailside Elementary Schools, Start the day with a ride to school and receive snacks, drinks, and fun giveaways., Heinrich Deters, 435-649-8710, 435-659-1188 , [email protected], Julia Collins, [email protected], Sam Schwoebel, 435-649-1564, ext. 25 , [email protected], Nichole Wilson, 435-649-1564, ext. 33, [email protected], basinrecreation.org/event/bike-to-school/

May 7, 2023National Ride A Bike Day, Utah Bike Month, Everywhere, UT, Celebrating National Ride A Bike Day is simple: go for a ride — any ride. Whether it’s a short trip on a bikeshare bike or a double century, any way you choose to ride a bike is the right way to ride a bike, None , [email protected], bikeleague.org

May 11, 2023Salt Lake City Mayor’s Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, A mellow ride with Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall under police escort. Ride starts at Reservoir Park (1300 E and S. Temple) and end at the Salt Lake City and County Building., Salt Lake City Transportation , 801-535-6630, [email protected], Amy Nilsson, 801-535-6167, 801-535-6110, [email protected], slc.gov/transportation/2022/04/29/bikemonth/, slcityevents.com

May 13, 2023Golden Spoke, Utah Bike Month, Wasatch Front, UT, Plan on riding with us to celebrate over 170 miles of safe and connected multi-use trails linking Ogden and Provo! This year, two rides, a 25-mile ride from Ogden Frontrunner station and a 75-mile ride from Riverside Park in Provo will conclude at Farmington Regional Park where we’ll have food trucks, participant giveaways, and vendor booths. This family friendly event is free., Heidi Goedhart, 801-783-8426, [email protected], goldenspokeutah.org

May 15-14, 2023National Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, Everywhere, UT, Week-long festival with events, Bike to Work Day, and more., None , [email protected], cyclingwest.com/event-calendars/bicycling-events-swaps-and-festivals

May 15-21, 2023Bike to Work and School Week, Utah Bike Month, Logan, UT, Bike events and bike passport around Logan, May 6, Cache Valley Fairgrounds, and more, Landis Wenger, 435-755-1646, [email protected], trails.cachecounty.org

May 15-19, 2023Utah Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, All, UT, State employees across Utah are being encouraged to use their bikes to get to work this week. This could include using their bikes in conjunction with public transportation as a means of reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips. This effort is a way to raise awareness about active transportation options available to commuters., Heidi Goedhart, 801-783-8426, [email protected], udot.utah.gov

May 15-19, 2023National Bike to Work Week, Utah Bike Month, Everywhere, UT, A week to climb out of the motor vehicle and onto your bike on your way to work., None , [email protected], bikeleague.org

May 17, 2023Ride of Silence, Bike Month, Prescott, AZ, Ride to honor dead and injured cyclists and to honor Amber Harrington who was killed by a drunk driver in 2015. Organized by Bike Prescott, Ride will begin at 5:30pm at the SE corner of the Prescott courthouse square., Patricia David, [email protected], Neil Hannum, 970-759-2126, [email protected], rideofsilence.org, bikeprescott.org

May 17, 2023Ride of Silence, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Join the Provo chapter of the Worldwide Ride of Silence to ride to honor people who were killed or injured while biking this last year and last several years. We will begin at Dixon Middle School and go for a short, slow, silent ride with brief stops at the ghost bike memorials for Doug Crow and Mark Robinson, and return to Dixon Middle School where we will have light refreshments. Meet at 6:30. Dixon Middle School, 750 W 200 N. Ride begins at 7 pm sharp., Lucy Ordaz Sanchez, 801-477-7048, [email protected], rideofsilence.org

May 18, 2023Bike to Wherever Day, Bike Month, San Francisco, CA, Join people across San Francisco in riding your bike to get to wherever you need to go – or just for fun!, SF Bike Coalition , 415-431-2453, [email protected], sfbike.org/bike-to-wherever-day/

May 18, 2023Bike to Work Day, Bike Month, East Bay, CA, It’s the Bay Area’s biggest day for bicycling, and this year Bike East Bay is bringing you safe, socially distanced fun. Pledge to ride to get all the details, find your nearest energizer station, and get ready for the big day!, Bike East Bay , [email protected], Caitlin Gleason, 707.480.6897, [email protected], bikeeastbay.org/events/bike-wherever-day-2022

May 19, 2023National Bike to Work Day, Utah Bike Month, Everywhere, UT, A day to climb out of the motor vehicle and onto your bike on your way to work., None , [email protected], bikeleague.org

May 20, 2023Bike/Walk Tour of Salt Lake City, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Sweet Streets Bike/Walk tour of Salt Lake City. This year, we’ll highlight some of the streets that we want Salt Lake City to prioritize for a Neighborhood Byway network. Come for a portion or join us for the full ride., Taylor Anderson, [email protected], facebook.com/events/252379213848293/, sweetstreetsslc.org

May 26-22, 2023Provo Bike Month, Utah Bike Month, Provo, UT, Tons of events throughout the month!, Aaron Skabelund, 385-207-6879, [email protected], bikeprovo.org/provo-bike-month-2022

May 27, 2023SLUG Cat Alleycat Bike Race!, Utah Bike Month, Salt Lake City, UT, Starts at Saturday Cycles. This exciting alleycat event features a scavenger hunt bike race that takes you all over Salt Lake City. Bike with the coolest cats you know in town, make new friends  and win awesome prizes from our local sponsors! 10th Annual! Registration is open between 4-5 pm and at 5 the race will begin. Cyclists will ride around the city to collect points for their manifest. At 7pm we will begin the award ceremony and cyclists can relax for a well-earned celebration., Angela Brown, 801-487-9221, [email protected], Nick Zunkowski, 801-487-9221, [email protected], slugmag.com/slug-cat/

June 9-11, 2023Reno River Roll, Bike Month, Reno Bike Week, Reno, NV, A seven mile family-friendly slow roll along the Truckee River. Costumes welcome, Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance , 775-323-4488, [email protected], bikewashoe.org, renoriverfestival.com/reno-river-roll

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