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Bike Week in Rochester 2015

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Bike Week 2015

May is National Bike Month! Hop on your bike, enjoy the smell of fresh air and lilacs, and experience the freedom of exploring our community on two wheels. The City of Rochester will help to launch the 2015 summer biking season with Rochester Bike Week, May 10-16.

Biking in Rochester: General Information

  

Click here to find an interactive map of bicycle facilities in Rochester.  

Learn more about the city’s many efforts to become more bike-friendly here: www.cityofrochester.gov/bikerochester  

Learn more about several exciting projects currently underway to make biking in Rochester even better as we pedal forward:

 

Democrat and Chronicle May 7, 2015: Do It: Markings help bicyclists, cars share road 

Thursday, May 7 

  • Mayoral Proclamation Kick-Off Event: 9:00am
    • Reading of our Bike Week 2015 proclamation
    • Meet at R Community Bikes,  226 Hudson Ave, at 9:00am
    • Bring your bike to celebrate Bike Month 2015
    • Contact: 311

National Bike Month: Rides and Events

Please join us for one of the rides, classes, or events below. There’s something for every age and any comfort level to explore different parts of our city. We hope you’ll join us!

Friday, May 1  

  • First Friday Reception for Ride It: Art ad Bicycles in Rochester(6-10 pm) 
    •  At the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), 137 East Ave   
    • A diverse exploration of bicycle culture, history, advocacy and creativity in the Rochester Region
    • Includes photography, graphic artworks, paintings, historical displays, and short films
    • For more info see http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/ride_it.html 
     
  • How to Pick a Bike (12:15 – 1 pm)
    Get Ready to Ride Clinic
    Hosted by Full Moon Vista & Sport and the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
    Kate Gleason Auditorium
    Central Library, 115 South Ave

Saturday, May 2 

  • Shifting Clinic (3-4 pm)
    Free clinic at Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport (661 South Ave)
    If you’ve ever felt that your bicycle has a mind of its own when it comes to shifting, this clinic will teach you how to make every shift with precision and finesse. Come ready to learn about soft pedaling, chainring engagement, chain alignment, and more!

Contact: http://fullmoonvista.com/customer-clinics/#shift  or 546-4030

Sunday, May 3 

  • Bicycle Tour of Public Art (1-3 pm)
    Departs from the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), 137 East Ave, at 1pm
    Guided group ride
    Explore the city and see public art from a new perspective
    For more info see http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/ride_it.html 

Tuesday, May 5 

Wednesday, May 6 

  • National Bike to School Day (all day)
    Several local schools have activities planned
    Find/register participating schools at http://walkbiketoschool.org/
    Dr. Walter Cooper Academy
    Francis Parker School 23
    Genesee Community Charter School
    Ask your child’s school if any events are planned

Thursday, May 7 

  • Mayoral Proclamation Kick-Off Event: 9:00 am
    Reading of our Bike Week 2015 proclamation
    Meet at R Community Bikes,  226 Hudson Ave, at 9:00am
    Bring your bike to celebrate Bike Month 2015
    Contact: 311 

Saturday, May 9 

  • Flat Tire Clinic (3-4 pm)
    Free clinic at Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport (661 South Ave)
    Learn everything you need to know about changing a flat tire and all the secrets – flat-resistant tires, quick release operation, v-brake, caliper release and disc brake operation, tools needed and appropriate tire pressure.
    Contact: http://fullmoonvista.com/customer-clinics/#flator 546-4030

 

  • Lilac Festival Parade Bicycle Lifestyle entry (10:15 am) 
  • Ride Your Bike in the Lilac Parade
  • Line Up between 7:30 am and 9:30am
  • Dress up in festive colors!
  • Decorate your bike with flowers!
  • line-up on Science Parkway (off South Ave) - Division E Position 6
  • Sponsored by the Upstate New York chapter of the National MS Society
     

Sunday, May 10 

  • Radical Roots History Ride (2-4 pm) – a socio political cyclo-tour of local historic points
    Meet at Susan B Anthony Square at 2pm.
    Flat ~10 mile route on city streets with stops for discussion
    The tour will cover sites in and near Downtown Rochester that have been significant in US and local social movements and general history: feminism, abolitionism, labor, ecology, transportation, communication and economic development.
    Led by Jack Bradigan Spula, a four-season bicyclist, Highland Park Neighborhood resident, social activist, writer, musician and Rochesterian for nearly 50 years. 
    Contact: Jack Spula

Monday May 11 

Tuesday, May 12 

  • The Rochester Bicycle Film Festival presents Breaking Away (7-9 pm)
    A true classic of bike cinema! 
    Four friends face opposition from all corners as they dream of competitive cycling and one enters the local university's annual bicycle endurance race. (94% Rotten Tomatoes)
    Screening at The Cinema Theater (957 S. Clinton Ave), doors open at 6:30pm
    Tickets cost $7 advance , $8 at the door
    Get a dollar off if you ride your bike to the screening and show your helmet.

Wednesday, May 13 

  • The Rochester Bicycle Film Festival presents The Triplets of Bellville (7-9 pm)
    An indie animated cult classic!
    When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters – an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire – to rescue him.  (94% Rotten Tomatoes)
    Screening at The Little Theater (240 East Ave #100), doors open at 6:30pm
    Tickets cost $7 advance (purchase here), $8 at the door
    Get a dollar off if you ride your bike to the screening and show your helmet.

Thursday May 11 

Friday, May 15 

  • Bike to Work Day (all day) 
    Great day for you and your co-workers to bike to work – arrive at work energized and refreshed!
    Use the city’s interactive bicycle facilities map a google map ofGreater Rochester Bicycle Rideability Ratingsor the Greater Rochester Area Bicycling Mapto plan your route.
    Sheltered bike racks are located in downtown parking garages (Court Street, Sister Cities, High Falls, South Avenue)
    Bike posts and racks located throughout the city – search for locations on this crowdsourced map
    Extra bike racks will be located at City Hall (30 Church St) and the Public Safety Building (185 Exchange Blvd)
  • The 15th Annual Ride for Missing Children (8 am-6 pm)
    100 mile bike ride, ride as a group, 14-15 mph pace
    Departs from 435 West Commercial St, East Rochester (Unity Health System Total Sports Experience)
    Registration begins at 6:45am, riders depart at 8am
    Riders stop at 5-6 schools for rest, refreshments, and educational programs
    Riders return by  5:45pm, Closing Ceremony/Dinner at 6pm
    $300 minimum pledge to ride, benefits the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York
    For more information, see: http://www.active.com/east-rochester-ny/cycling/races/ride-for-missing-children-rochester-2015 
  • Gear Up! (12:15 – 1 pm)
    Get Ready to Ride Clinic
    Hosted by Full Moon Vista & Sport and the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
    Kate Gleason Auditorium
    Central Library, 115 South Ave
  • Light Up the Night Ride (8-10 pm) – an illuminating post-sunset ride
    Meet at 8pm at the Genesee Valley Sports Complex (131 Elmwood Ave) in Genesee Valley Park
    Riders decorate themselves and their bicycles with as many lights as they can
    ~ 8 mile route[gmap-pedometer.com] on trails and city streets
    Riders “light up” the trails and streets as they journey up the Genesee River to the City Center, loop back into the South Wedge and over through Corn Hill Landing before returning to Genesee Valley Park. 
    Bike Lights and Helmets required to participate.
    Ride led by Scott MacCrae, but for more info,  contact Fran Scira or 698-8503

Saturday, May 16 

  • Field Repair Clinic (3-4 pm)
    Free clinic at Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport (661 South Ave)
    This clinic won’t make you a master mechanic, but it will arm you with the knowledge to diagnose minor problems and get you back on your bike. The clinic will be mostly classroom style but you’ll have opportunities for hands-on experience too.
    Contact: http://fullmoonvista.com/customer-clinics/#fieldor 546-4030

Sunday, May 17 

  • 5th Annual Seersucker Social Ride and Cargo Bike Rally (10am-2 pm)
    Meet at Abundance Cooperative Market (62 Marshall St) at 10am, ride departs at 11am, followed by potluck picnic and prizes
    Dress in stylish seersucker, linen, or cool summer fabrics to ride your bike in style – prizes awarded for Best Bike, Most Radiant and Most Dashing
    12-mile ride to tour gardens and scenic neighborhoods
    Bring a blanket, picnic lunch, or bake a lasagna and potluck with friends on the lawn of Wadsworth Square. Abundance also has a small section of prepared food to supplement your picnic.
    Please reply if you can bring a dart, bocce or croquet set, and we'll have lawn games.
    New this year – Ride your tandem, a cargo bike, XtraCycle, or Surly, if you have one, for a cargo bike rally!
    For more info, see https://www.facebook.com/events/1636094029961473/ 

Wednesday, May 20 

  • Rochester’s 5th Annual Ride of Silence (6:30-7:30 pm)
    Meet at the Penfield Highway Department parking lot on Jackson Rd at 6:15pm
    A flat 10mile route departs at 7pm
    Slow ride so dress please warm, helmet required
    Everyone – all abilities and cyclists are welcome. Racers, tourists, commuters, families, spouses, neighbors will share the road. Group rides in silence to honor people that have been injured or died while cycling.
    RSVP is requested.
    For more info, see: https://rbc.wildapricot.org/RoS
    Contact: Andy Stewart

Thursday, May 21 

Saturday, May 23 

  • Preventive Maintenance Clinic (3-4 pm)
    Free clinic at Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport (661 South Ave)
    A little regular maintenance can take your bike a long, long way. This clinic will cover things you can do to maintain your bike, whichparts of the bike will experience normal wear and tear, and what the life expectancies of these parts might be.
    Contact: http://fullmoonvista.com/customer-clinics/#preventor 546-4030

Wednesday, May 27 

  • Bike to the public market for the MayFood Truck Rodeo(5-9 pm)
    Enjoy the best possible parking, close to food trucks and live music.
    Table with free information and resources about bicycling in Rochester and upcoming events
    Show your helmet at the table to receive free giveaways (re-usable market bags) and be entered in a raffle for special prizes
    Extra bike parking will be provided. Bike racks are also located outside the market office, near Zimmermans, and next to the Railroad Street parking lot, near the Railroad Street arch/gate. For more info on biking to the market, see: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589946435
    For more information, see http://www.cityofrochester.gov/foodtruckrodeo/ 

Friday, May 29 

  • Bike First Aid (12:15 – 1 pm)
    Get Ready to Ride Clinic
    Hosted by Full Moon Vista & Sport and the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
    Kate Gleason Auditorium
    Central Library, 115 South Ave

Saturday, May 30 

  • Spokes & Ink Bike and Poster Fest (12-6 pm)
    A festival celebrating bike lovers and bike-inspired poster art
    Crank up for summer fun – a mashup of cycling enthusiasts, local artists, cold beer, live music, unique vendors, and stuff for the kids
    At the Genesee Center for the Arts, 713 Monroe Ave
    For more info, see: http://www.geneseearts.org/spokesandink/ 
  • Shifting Clinic (3-4 pm)
    Free clinic at Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport (661 South Ave)
    Everything you ever wanted to know about shifting – learn about soft pedaling, chain ring engagement, chain alignment, and more!
    Contact: www.fullmoonvista.com/clinics.html#shift or 546-4030

There are many more great biking events coming up this summer. Be sure to check out the 2015 Flower City Looking Good schedule and hope to see you biking around the city!
 

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