Days, Weeks, Months

18 Apr

Earth-Day-2013-iconI feel like I’m seeing more people on bicycles, or is it just spring (or pollen allergies) making me see things?  Certainly the weather has spurred a lot more people to hop on their bikes.  And now a bunch of events are coming up to add even more momentum.  Richmond is getting ready to celebrate various bike-relevant days, weeks, and months.  Here’s an initial list:

Earth Day.  What better way to embrace green living than to ride a bike or walk to one or both of Richmond’s two Earth Day events this year?  The Enrichmond Foundation Earth Day Festival will take place at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market in Shockoe Bottom from 11-5.  I’ve heard that BikeWalk RVA and Ride Richmond will be there, along with Kasper’s Cargos, which sells funky Danish Bullitt cargo bikes in part for the purpose of promoting their use to get disabled children onto bicycles.  The second event is easy biking distance from the first: in Manchester you’ll find Style Weekly’s RVA Earth Day Festival from 12 – 7.

Bike to School Day is May 8.  Get some friends together and ride with your kids to school!  It’s always easier and more fun with lots of riders.

Bike Week.  Since Bike Month in May comes (too late for most VCU students to be around for it), Ride Richmond celebrates Bike Week in late April.  Events include a Bike Swap on Sunday at the VMFA (new and used bikes, parts, and equipment for sale), rides, races, and films.  Check out the full schedule at the above link.

Bike to Work Week is May 13 to 17.  This is a perfect time to ask that co-worker if she or he might like to try biking together to work, or to dust off your own bike if you haven’t had a chance yet.  Events for the week are in the works and details will be posted as they become available.

Bike Month.  The weather doesn’t get much better than during May for biking!  A ride to celebrate the official declaration of May as Bike Month for the city is planned for Monday, 4/22.  Arrive at 5:30 at the Compass on VCU’s main campus and ride en masse to City Hall for the declaration.  This can serve as your warm-up for Ride Richmond’s casual, late-night Tour de Richmond, which starts at 10 p.m., also at the Compass.

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