And, in honor of the celebration, organizations throughout the city will host a variety of events designed to educate the community about the benefits of bicycling, and to encourage more people to become involved.
“Bike month is a great opportunity to involve our entire community in the fun, healthy, recreational activity of biking, and I encourage everyone to participate,” Mayor Stephanie Miner stated. “As a cyclist myself, I know firsthand the benefits of biking. This is also why my administration has made investments into bike lanes, and other bike infrastructure throughout the city. I look forward to participating in Bike Month, and hope others throughout the city of Syracuse will do the same.”
From bicycle commuting, to an inaugural bike share program,to lunch and evening bike rides, there will be activities for every skill level and interest, the mayor stated.
The first event will be held Saturday, April 30, with a Bicycle Commuting Workshop, and Bike Month will culminate with the Cuse Roll – a bike ride for all ages –Wednesday, May 25.
“Both the number of bicyclists, and amount of bike infrastructure has increased dramatically, and we want to celebrate that,” Bob Dougherty, of Cycle in the City, stated. “We’re excited to have more people get involved, and get excited about cycling in Syracuse.”
A Bike Celebration planned along Montgomery St. will be the centerpiece of the month.
Interested individuals may follow all the action with #SYRBikeMonth on Twitter.
A complete list of the city’s scheduled activities is below.
Bicycle Commuting Workshop
Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Join Bike CNY for a Bicycle Commuting 101 workshop at Mello Velo, located at 556 Westcott St. in Syracuse (map). Participants will learn the fundamentals of bike commuting, covering everything from what to wear, route planning, on-road safety, and much more. Part of the workshop will include an optional three to five mile ride to practice technique, and obtain further on-bike instruction. Visit https://bikecny.wordpress.com/bicycle-commuting-101/ for registration, payment options, and contact information.
Cycle in the City Part 1: Ride
Sunday, May 15, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Syracuse’s Cycle in the City free monthly guided bike ride program will kick off its 2016 season by giving participants the options of 5, 10, or 15 mile rides that will depart from the Creekwalk Trailhead at the MOST. For more information contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cycle in the City Part 2: 40 Below Cycle Syracuse Bike Celebration
Sunday, May 15, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Join bike riders all along the 100 block of Montgomery St. for a pop-up gathering of cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts from across Central New York. Cyclists will enjoy free bike parking, and relax outdoors with food and beverage on sale from Recess Coffee, J Ryan’s and Wolff’s Beirgarten. In collaboration with 40 Below and Cycle in the City, the event will begin immediately following the ride on Sunday morning (see event above).
Bike to Work Day, and Lunch Time Cycle in the City Ride
Wednesday, May 18, from 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
Bring your bike to work this day to join in a lunchtime ride, presented by Cycle in the City. The ride will start, and end, at the Creekwalk Trailhead at the MOST, and take participants through downtown, and up to the university neighborhood. The ride will last about 30 minutes. Contact Bob at email@example.com for additional information.
Downtown Living Tour Bike Share
Saturday, May 21, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Syracuse’s first public bike share program, organized by 40 Below, will begin May 21. 40 Below volunteers will be stationed at three stops along the Downtown Living Tour. Tour-goers will have an option to participate in the bike share program, and ride from Tour Headquarters, located at 110 Walton St. to select tour stops along the route. The cost will be $5 per individual to ride for the afternoon. Visit www.downtownsyracuse.com/downtownlivingtour for additional information about the Downtown Living Tour.
Cuse Cruise, Wednesday, May 25, from 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm
This event will be a slow bike ride designed for all ages, skill levels, and types of bikes. The slow pace will give riders a unique perspective of Syracuse and its neighborhoods. This 13 mile ride will start and end in Hanover Square. Visit www.innovatesyracuse.com/bike month to sign up for the ride.
National Bike Month in Syracuse will be presented by the City of Syracuse, Bike CNY, 40 Below and the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. Visit www.innovatesyracuse.com/bikemonth for additional information regarding Bike Month.