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Bike Week in Rochester 2014

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Bike Week 2014

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 2014 summer biking season with Rochester Bike Week, May 10-18.

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:

  • Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Plan www.cityofrochester.gov/bikeblvd/  
  • Rochester Area Bike Share Feasibility Study www.rocbikeshare.org  
    •  NOTE: Public Input Meeting on Mon. May 19 5:30-7:30 p.m. Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library (see details under Rides and Events below)
     
  • 2014 Greater Rochester Area Bicycling Map published by the GTC will be available soon! Please check the GTC website at: http://www.gtcmpo.org for the latest status, or contact Bob Torzynski for further information and/or printed copies of the map. 

Rochester Bike Week 2014: 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!

Wenesday, May 7 

  • Kick-Off Event: 11:30 a.m.    
    • Reading of our Bike Week 2014 proclamation
    • Ribbon Cutting at Yellow Haus Bicycles, Rochester's fifth and newest Independent bike shop
      • Tire change clinics offered at Yellow Haus Bicycles every Wed-Sat at 11am (except on 5/7) 
       
    • Meet at Yellow Haus Bikes, 987 Monroe Avenue
    • Bring your bike to celebrate Bike Week 2014
    • Contact: 311 

Saturday, May 10 

  •  Ride your Bike to the Public Market (8 a.m.  - 1 p.m.) - Enjoy the best possible market parking AND qualify for free giveaways and prizes! 
    • Table with information about bike week activities, bicycling in Rochester, summer recreation events, and more 
    • Everyone who bikes gets a free reusable public market bag  
    • Everyone who bikes gets a raffle ticket for special prizes (bike panniers, public market cookbook, public market history book) 
    • First 20 to arrive by bike get a free $5 market token  
      • Show your helmet at the Bike Week Table near the covered bike parking to qualify for the giveaways above  
       
    • Bike racks are 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, click here
    • Contact: Elizabeth Murphy 

 

  • Ride in the Lilac Festival Parade (9:30 a.m.-noon) – Enjoy the best seat in the Lilac Parade 
    • Meet no later than 10 a.m. in the parade lineup on Science Parkway (off South Ave)  
      • Look for the “Bike MS Bicycle Lifestyle” section of the line-up 
      • Parade begins at 10:30am   
       
    •  Dress up in festive colors! 
    •  Decorate your bike with flowers!
    •  Contact: Scott Wagner 

 

  • Bike Cash Mob at the Lilac Festival (approx. noon - 1 p.m.)  - A demonstration of purchasing power on two wheels
    • Meet directly after the Lilac Festival Parade ends (approx. noon) near the Highland Park Pansy Bed
    • Proceed to the Cornell Cooperative Extension building (249 Highland Ave) for lunch and socializing
    • Join Rochester’s bike community to support local vendors and make bikes/biking visible at the Lilac Festiva  
    • Contact: Glenn Cerosaletti 

 

  • Flat Tire Clinic (3 - 4 p.m.) 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: Full Moon Vista online or 546-4030    

Sunday, May 11 

  • Family Bike Ride/ROC “Kidical Mass” along the Genesee River Trail (3 - 5 p.m.) – a safe fun, youth-led ride from Charlotte Beach to Turning Point Park and back
    • Meet in the Charlotte Beach parking lot (North River St. parking lot near Pier 45) at 3 p.m.
    • All ages and bike comfort levels welcome! 
    • ~5 mile ride on a separated trail, one short hill 
    • Enjoy a frozen custard or walk out the pier afterwards 
    • Led by youth from the Genesee Community Charter School (GCCS) 
    • ROC Kidical Mass started in 2013 as a student-led project by GCCS sixth graders to support Rochester’s bicycle culture  
    • ROC Kidical Mass is a bike ride geared towards families to help promote youth bicycle ridership in our community. Come join us for a great ride along a great river! 
    • Contact: Christopher Dolgos     

Monday, May 12 

No formal event planned. We invite you to take a ride on your bike, and invite your family and friends! Pay a visit to your favorite park or trail, or set out to explore a new place or part of town that you’re curious to learn about. You can use the City’s interactive bicycle facilities map and a google map of Greater Rochester Bicycle Rideability Ratings to plan your route.

Tuesday, May 13 

  • Bicycle Film Festival (7 - 10 p.m.) 
    • The Cinema Theater (957 S Clinton Ave), doors open at 6:30 p.m.  
    • Tickets cost $8 – Available online or at the door (if the event does not sell out online)  
    • This year's feature film is Douglas MacKinnon's The Flying Scotsman. A selection of bicycle-related short films will accompany the feature    
    • Event bike racks will be located outside the theater. Ride your bicycle to the event and show your helmet at the door to receive a $1 rebate on admission 
    • See the event Facebook page     
    • Proceeds will benefit the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy     
         
     
  • Right Ride Adult Safety Program (6 - 8 p.m.) – FIRST of two classes  
    • Held in Genesee Valley Park (meet outside the Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Ave) 
    • Build your comfort and confidence to bike in the street! 
    • Geared for adults 18+ interested in learning the fundamentals of safe road cycling 
    • Preregistration, including a $10 registration fee, is required. Scholarships are available 
      • To register visit the City of Rochester’s Bureau of Recreation and Youth Services (400 Dewey Ave) or call 428-6770 
       
    • Participants that complete the entire training course will receive a voucher for a free bike at R Community Bikes (some restrictions apply)  
    • Contact: City of Rochester’s Bureau of Recreation and Youth Services 428-6770 

Wednesday, May 14 

  • Bicycle Commuting Workshop at Strong Hospital (noon - 1 p.m.)  
    • Held in 1-9576 Ryan Case Method Room (2nd floor adjacent to the Flaum Atrium)  
      • Park in Lot L, off Elmwood, west side of Medical Center Campus  
       
    • The workshop will cover fundamentals and advanced tips for bike commuting and safe biking, including equipment, safe riding techniques, and post ride cleanup 
    • Open discussion on how to improve biking facilities and an update on new trails, bike lanes, and bike share will also be reviewed 
    • Contact: Brittany Fuino 276-4197 

 

  • R Community Bikes’ Celebration and Bridges to Wellness Community Bike Ride (5 - 8 p.m.) – a ribbon cutting and neighborhood bike ride
    • Ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m., ride begins at 6 p.m. 
    • Help dedicate a new mural and Little Free Library at R Community Bikes
    • Experience a community ride with stops at local gardens, murals, and points of pride in the Bridges to Wellness neighborhood
    • Enjoy snacks and socializing 
    • Flat ~4-6 mile ride with stops on city streets  
    • If you don’t have a bike, R Community Bikes can lend you one for the ride 
    • Contact: Jesse Knoth or Dan Lill 

Thursday, May 15 

  • Right Ride Adult Safety Program (6 - 8 p.m.)SECOND of two classes  
    • Held in Genesee Valley Park (meet outside the Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Ave) 
    • Build your comfort and confidence to bike in the street 
    • Geared for adults 18+ interested in learning the fundamentals of safe road cycling 
    • Preregistration, including a $10 registration fee, is required. Scholarships are available 
      • To register visit the City of Rochester’s Bureau of Recreation and Youth Services (400 Dewey Ave) or call 428-6770 
       
    • Participants that complete the entire training course will receive a voucher for a free bike at R Community Bikes (some restrictions apply
    • Contact: City of Rochester’s Bureau of Recreation and Youth Services 428-6770 
       
  • Tire Change Clinic (11 a.m.)
    • Yellow Haus Bicycles
    • 987 Monroe Ave
       

Friday, May 16  

  • Bike to Work Day (All Day)  
  • The 14th Annual Ride for Missing Children (8 - 6 p.m.)
    • 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 6:45 a.m., riders depart at 8 a.m.
    • Riders stop at 5-6 schools for rest, refreshments and educational programs
    • Riders return by 5:45 p.m., Closing Ceremony/Dinner at 6 p.m.
    • $300 minimum pledge to ride, benefits the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York
    • For more information, visit the ride website 
    • "We ride to raise awareness for the injustices that are committed against our children. We ride as a community and as a family to make a difference. We ride to enjoy the camaraderie of friends new and old. We ride no matter how hot, how cold, how rainy, snowy, hilly or flat - we ride together as a family…”
     
  • Light UP the Night Ride (8 - 10 p.m.) – 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
    • Approx. 8 mile route 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 
    • Contact: Callie Appleby, 341-7804 (work), 797-8510 (cell), or email her 
       

Saturday, May 17 

  • Radical Roots History Ride (2 - 4 p.m.) – a sociopolitical cyclo-tour of local historic points
    • Meet at Susan B Anthony Square at 2 p.m.
    • Flat approx. 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 
     
  • Shifting Clinic (3 - 4 p.m.)
    • Free clinic at Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport (661 South Ave)
    • Everything you ever wanted to know about shifting – learn about soft pedalling, chainring engagement, chain alignment, and more!
    • Contact: Full Moon Vista online or 546-4030
       
     

Sunday, May 18 

  • 4th Annual Rochester Seersucker Social Ride (10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)  
    • Ride starts and ends at the Genesee Valley Park, Roundhouse Pavilion area
    • Meet up approx. 10:30 a.m., ride begins approx. 11 a.m. and goes til approx. 1 p.m.
    • Ride is about 10 miles long at a slow pace
    • Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the sun after the ride!
    • Dress up in anything from the turn of the century to the 40's – think Summer Garden Party Fabulous! (check here for inspiration)
    • Contact: Amy
       

 

  • Bike Repair Skillswap at the Little Flower Community (1 - 4 p.m.)  
    • Meet at the Little Flower Community House (458 Parsells Ave, near Culver)
    • Have an old bike you've been meaning to get back on the road? Just looking to do some general maintenance, but wouldn't mind a few pointers? Want to learn from others in a friendly non-intimidating environment? Our Bike Repair Skillshare is just for you!
    • Volunteers from R Community Bikes will be on hand with tools and parts to help answer your questions
    • Contact: Joe at 204-6532 or email him 

Monday, May 19 

  • PUBLIC INPUT MEETING for the Rochester Bike Share Feasibility Study (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
    • Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Rochester Downtown Library (115 South Ave)
    • Feasibility study being undertaken by: Genesee Transportation Council (GTC)
    • Purpose of public meeting: present an overview of the Rochester Bikeshare Feasibility Study and solicit public input
    • For more info: http://rocbikeshare.org/ or
    • Contact: Bob Torzynski, GTC Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager: rtorzynski@gtcmpo.org  
     

Wednesday, May 21  

  • Rochester’s 4th Annual Ride of Silence (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)  

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