This article was orinally posted on GOBikeBuffalo.org on April 19, 2013.
May is National Bike Month! Over the past couple of years our local celebrations have increased so much that we need a whole dedicated page for it. So scroll through and see what we’ve got in store for Buffalo cyclists and enthusiasts. Most events are free or free for GO Bike Buffalo members unless otherwise noted.
BIKE MONTH BLAST OFF
Saturday, May 4th: 4-8pm
GObike Community Workshop 98 Colvin Ave.
BLASTING OFF BIKE MONTH with a Bike Drive, BBQ & Open House at our Community Workshop. Whether you’re a GObike member or not, come by to see what we’re all about and leave a little lighter.
Join us for a bike drive-member-party-BBQ-open-house-EXTRAVAGANZA.. more details to come!
Sunday, May 5th 12-4pm
Manhattan Ave., Mercer Ave. & Hill St. (behind Bennett High School)
On the first Sunday of each month from May through September, 2013, select city streets will be closed to cars and opened up to the community to get together, get active and have fun.
Come ride your bike, climb a rock wall and practice some new dance moves! We’ve got plenty of ways to get you moving.
BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY
Wednesday, May 8th
Join us for National Bike to School Day! This event is in right in line with the Buffalo Board of Education’s Physical Activity Committee regarding the district’s stated initiative of achieving 60 minutes of physical activity per day for students.
You may remember last fall’s successful Safe Routes to School’s Walking School Bus, which aimed to promote a healthier school environment (fewer vehicles), and also encourage more physical activity. National Bike to School Day puts the same theory on wheels. See the list below to join in on the fun!
Presently, 15 Buffalo Schools are signed on to participate in National Bike to School Day.
These schools are currently signed up:
- PS 6 Buffalo Elementary School of Technology
- PS 32 Bennett Park Montessori
- PS 74 Hamlin Park
- PS 54 Dr. Geo. Blackman School of Excellence ECC
- PS 59 Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet @11
- PS 67 Discovery School
- PS 72 Lorraine Elementary School
- PS 80 Highgate Heights
- PS 81
- PS 301 Burgard High School
- PS 204 Lafayette High School
- PS 205 Riverside Institute of Technology
- PS 212 Leonardo DaVinci High School
- Makowski Early Childhood Center
- Westminister Community Charter School
DINNER & BIKES
Saturday, May 11th: 5-8 pm
MAP Office, 271 Grant St.
GObike, Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) and Burning Books team up to host this incredible event. Vegan Chef Joshua Ploeg will serve up some delicious eats while authors Elly Blue and Joe Biel discuss bicycle inspired books and documentaries. Following the discussions and presentations event-goers can peruse the bike and cooking themed pop-up book shop.
Suggest donation: $10. We have limited seating so sign up today!
Sunday, May 12th: 11am
Meet at the GObike Community Workshop
A ride that honors the past, celebrates the present, and empowers the future of women on bikes and the opportunity for positive social change.
BYOP! Join us this Mother’s Day for a leisurely ride through Delaware Park and along the Scajaqueda Pathway to Squaw Island where we will hang out and enjoy a picnic.
This ride is Bring Your Own Everything! We will meet at the GObike Community Shop on 98 Colvin Avenue at 11:00 am.
All women, men, and children are welcome to participate!
Families are highly encouraged.
The event is FREE but we’d like to know if you’re participating. Register here.
PS: For those of you interested, the Niagara Frontier ADK Mountain Club will ride beforehand and meet up with us at the GObike Community Workshop. They will “begin at the Lincoln Park Pool Parking Lot on Decatur Rd. near Parker Blvd. Town of Tonawanda. Going over quiet residential streets of southern Town of Tonawanda and North Buffalo, we will arrive at the Go Bike Buffalo Community Shop on Colvin Avenue near Amherst St. at Delaware Park in time to participate in their CycloFemme Ride to Squaw Island”
BIKE TO WORK WEEK COMMUTER BREAKFASTS
Monday May 13th, 8-10am: Sweet_ness 7, 220 Grant St.
Tuesday May 14th, 8-10am: Cafe Taza (w/ Five Points Bakery), 100 Elmwood Ave.
Wednesday May 15th, 7-9am: Ashker’s Cafe and Juice Bar, 1002 Elmwood Ave.
Thursday May 16th, 7:30-9:30am: Golden Cup Cafe, 883 Jefferson St.
Friday May 17th, 6:30-10am: With GOBNMC, 929 Washington St.
Each location will provide their own discount or special- most will have a free cup of coffee and snack for bicycle commuters who stop in!
PEOPLE POWERED MOVEMENT
GObike Buffalo is seeking artists, sculptors, poets, and writers to celebrate bicycling as a form of transportation. What are the benefits, issues, and impacts that come with riding a bike? Works expressing the effects of cycling on personal health and wellness, the local economy and environment, issues of safety and infrastructure, motorist-cyclist interactions, the earth as a whole and more are encouraged.
The goal of the show is three fold: to engage the art and cycling communities, to draw awareness to the benefits, issues, and impacts of cycling as a form of transportation, and to raise money for GObike Buffalo, the region’s only organization whose primary focus is bicycle advocacy.
20% commission for each piece of work sold will be donated to GObike Buffalo.
All mediums of work accepted: 2-D including drawing, painting, montage, photography, etc., 3-D including repurposed bike parts, sculpture, etc. as well as poems and writing pieces not exceeding two pages.
Submitting: Please follow this link to submit your work. Visual submissions must be JPEG or PNG files not exceeding 2MB and must include a description of dimensions. Written submissions must be submitted in PDF format. There is a fee of $10 per 3 submissions, each additional is $5.
All submissions are due by MAY 5th; you will be notified by May 9th. Works must dropped off at Main (St)udios by May 16th during open gallery hours (Tues.-Fri. 11-5 & Sat. 12-3) labeled with Name, Title, & Price and ready to hang.
Gallery Openings for People Powered Movement @ Main (St)udios
Friday, May 17 12-2pm and 7-9pm
Admission is free and open to the public
Beverages and light snacks will be served
BIKE TO THE BISONS GAME
Bike to Bisons Game
Saturday, May 18th
Meet at Ulrich’s Tavern at 4:30pm
Game at 7:30pm
Join GObike, Flying Bison Brewery, and Ulrich’s Tavern for a Bisons Game! Meet at Ulrich’s Tavern (674 Ellicott St.) for discounted food, beer and free pop.
Free and secure bike valet at the stadium and enjoy your first beer free!
Plus- our very own Justin Booth will throw out the first pitch.
We’re selling tickets! $10 for GObike members, $12 for non members
Please visit GOBikeBuffalo.org for more information.