Wednesday, May 1, 2013

National Bike Month Starts Today

It's national bike month!  Where will the ride take you?

Here are some existing project and programs.  Join in!  And if you don't see something you like, there's plenty of opportunity to create something new!

Walk + Bike Challenge

Walk + Bike Challenge Month starts tomorrow, and there's still time to register. McKinley, Richmond, and Salem Heights are in!

But that leaves a bunch of other schools. If your child's school isn't participating, consider getting active.

Cyclo Femme on Mother's Day

In DIY spirit, CycloFemme is organizing rides all over the country on Sunday, May 12th:
HONOR THE PAST and the emancipation of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, for the freedom to choose and the chance to wear pants. CELEBRATE THE PRESENT and the riders who keep it rolling, bringing women's racing to the forefront, pushing the limits, breaking down barriers and sharing the love of the bike with everyone along the way. EMPOWER THE FUTURE of women in cycling and the opportunity for positive social change. Teach women to ride and they will change the world. MAY 13TH, 2012
There's no ride currently scheduled in Salem, so if you want to organize another lady-centric ride, here's a great opportunity!

The field is wide open in Salem for women-on-bikes programming - classes and clinics, rides and repair, fashion and fun. If you have an idea for a project, don't wait to start it! And if you have an interested friend, encourage her to try out one of these opportunities.

Vintage image from "Bicycling for Women" in Cosmo, 1896! See also Francis Elizabeth Willard's 1895 book, A Wheel within a Wheel: How I learned to Ride the Bicycle.

Ride of Silence

On Wednesday, May 15th, the Salem 2012 Ride of Silence will be at 6:15pm. John Henry Maurice and Joanne Heilinger of the Salem Bicycle Club will lead the ride, which departs from the "red lot" downtown. Since 2003 "the mission of the world wide Ride of Silence is to honor bicyclists killed by motorists, promote sharing the road, and provide awareness of bicycling safety."

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