Monday, May 07, 2012

May Is Bike Month! So Many Ways To Use, Talk About, and Celebrate Bicycles!

May is National Bike Month, and the opportunities, excuses, and incentives to ride your bike this month are abundant. Check out our calendar for the full list of events, but here are some of the highlights coming up:

I Bike PHL Challenge
The Challenge is underway! Running from May 1st to August 31st, this is a great way to reward yourself for biking this summer or encourage your friend or family member to ride with you! Create a team, win raffle prizes, and help Philadelphia and Pennsylvania climb the national leaderboards. Learn more here or sign up at Endomondo.

8th annual Philadelphia Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 16th
6:45 pm; meet at steps of Philadelphia Art Musem
rain or shine

The Ride of Silence, happening worldwide, honors cyclists killed or injured in motor vehicle-related crashes and raises awareness of cyclists' right to share the road. The Ride is a slow, silent 8 mile loop through Philadelphia with police escort. Helmets required, lights encouraged. No registration required; for more info, contact

Bike to Work Day with Mayor Nutter
Friday, May 18th
7:30 AM, Lloyd Hall
rain or shine

Philadelphia has the highest rate of bicycle commuting (per capita) of the nation's 10 biggest cities. Celebrate that and join Mayor Nutter and other dignitaries for a short but sweet ride down the Parkway to Love Park.

Kinetic Sculpture Derby
Saturday, May 19th
Trenton Ave & Norris St in Kensington
All day - derby begins at noon

A unique celebration of human-powered transit and art. The design competition and parade kick off at noon, but there will be vendors, booths, food, and music all day. Family-friendly and quirky.

Pop-Up Bike Service Stations
May 10th, 3-6 pm, 22nd & Spruce
May 24th, 3-6 pm, South Street Bridge

We'll be setting up pop-up service stations along commute routes this month and all summer. Stop by for free air, information on us and upcoming bike events, and get your questions answered. Stay tuned to our Twitter account for locations of upcoming stations and specials like free coffee or swag giveaways!