Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bike Month 2016

May is Bike Month across the United States and this year West Bend will host a wide variety of activities to support local riders. Things kick off this morning—yeah, I know it’s still April—with Healthy Kids Day at the Kettle Moraine YMCA, where from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. children will learn the basics of safe riding. Kids will be the focus again on Wednesday, May 4, for Bike to School Day.

There’s stuff for grown-ups too. Mountain Outfitters will host a roadside repairs clinic on Wednesday, May 11, 7-8 p.m. You can learn how to fix a flat tire, a broken chain, and other common problems. Pedal Moraine will host a bicycle commuting clinic on Tuesday, May 17, 7-8 p.m. Topics will include safe riding techniques and bike maintenance. Bike to Work Day will be Friday, May 20, with activities at the downtown train depot, 6-8 a.m.

On Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m., members of Bike Friendly West Bend—our local advocacy group—will lead a ride from the downtown train depot. Riders will see not only the Eisenbahn State Trail, but also portions of the on-street bike routes that BFWB has proposed to the city. On Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m., the Ride of Silence will start and finish in the parking lot of the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

Let’s hope for good weather and a lot of public interest. I think Bike Month has the potential to make an already eminently bikeable city an even better place. And if you see Bike Friendly West Bend’s representatives at the downtown farmers’ market on Saturday, May 21, stop and say Thanks! for the coordination and promotion.

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