Bike Week in Rochester 2018


Bike Week 2018

Rochester Kicks Off Bike Week With National Recognition 

 (Friday, May 11, 2018) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that Rochester will begin Bike Week 2018 with welcome news: A national bicycle advocacy organization has ranked Rochester a top 25 U.S. city for bicycles with one of the nation’s fastest growing bicycle networks. People for Bikes has ranked Rochester number 21 of almost 500 municipalities measured. Rochester scored number 12 for acceleration, which measures how quickly a community is improving its bicycle infrastructure and getting people riding bikes. Learn more>>

Bike Week 2018

Mayor Warren has proclaimed Bike Week in Rochester – with events that run from May 11 through 20 – in celebration of the many advances the City continues to make to improve its bicycle infrastructure and be a bicycle friendly community.

Bike Week takes place each year during National Bike Month and brings awareness to the ongoing implementation of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan. Rochester has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

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 2018 summer biking season with Rochester Bike Week, May 11-20.

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, Bike Week in Rochester is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. 


  • Friday, May 11, 12 p.mMCC’s Sustainability Circular Cycle Ride (in front of Building 1, MCC Brighton campus) Join Jim Downer & MCC’s Cycling Council for this inclusive ride. The theme of this year’s ride is collegiality. Each person should invite/bring at least one friend, student, colleague or administrator to join them for the ride. Half Circle Ride begins at 1 p.m. and ends at the Loving Cup.
  • Friday, May 11,  5:30 p.m. Beechwood Bike Ride (Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.). Picnic in Grand Ave Park to follow at 6: 30 p.m. Food provided.
  • Friday, May 11 ,7:30 p.mLight Up The Night Ride This ride begins after sundown and cyclists are encouraged to light up their bikes with light sticks and bike lights. Meet at Genesee Valley Recreational Center parking lot (by the swimming pool and skating rink) at 7:30 pm. The ride then proceeds through the city at a slow but enjoyable pace. Total distance eight miles. Dress warm, gloves etc if needed and bring an extra layer for when the temperature creeps down after dark. Questions Call Susan 585-341-7819 for details.
  • Saturday, May 12  New York Bicycling Coalition and Rochester Cycling Alliance table at the Public Market (280 Union Street North) Come by our table, grab some literature, learn how to stay safe on your bike, and get some commuting tips from certified instructors.
  • Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. Pittsford Kidical Mass Mother’s Day Ride
  • Monday, May 14, 6 p.m. Full Moon Vista Small Ring Ride (1239 University Ave) Full Moon Vista's longest running ride, join them for a mellow recovery ride on Monday night! The route is always different and riders of all ability levels enjoy this ride. This no-drop road bike ride has a different route every week and welcomes riders of all ability levels. Please come prepared with your road bike, helmet and equipment to change a flat tire.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 5 to 8 p.mOpen Stand Night at Dream Bikes (1060 University Ave) Dream Bikes will open up their workshop to the public and let you tinker with your own bikes. Their mechanics will be on hand to help if you have any questions or get in over your head!
  • Tuesday, May 15, 6 to 7 p.mTuesday Guided Bike Tour (Lake Riley Lodge in Cobbs Hill Park - 100 Norris Drive). This ride will highlight the Rec Center facilities located in the southeast quadrant of the City including: Frederick Douglass and Humboldt Rec Centers.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday (John’s Tex Mex 489 South Ave) Join the Rochester Bike Kids for some grub at John’s Tex Mex. Ride departs at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 16, 6:15 p.mRide of Silence (Court St. and Exchange Blvd) Honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Raise awareness that we are here. We all share the road. All are welcome for this free and silent ride. 8.8 mile route.
  • Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m. Unity Ride (855 W. Main Street). This relaxed 7.5-mile ride through the 19th Ward leaves Bullshead Plaza on Thursdays at 7pm. We ride for peace, community and racial reconciliation. 2018 is the weekly Unity Ride’s 4th year.
  • Friday, May 18 National Bike to Work Day Join people from around the nation cycling to work.
  • Friday, May 18, 6 to 9 p.m.  ROC in Transit fundraiser for Reconnect Rochester, Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Ave. Join us for an evening with friends and fellow transportation enthusiasts. To purchase tickets and for more info:
  • Friday, May 18, 6 to 10 p.m.  NYBC and RCA table at the Red Wings game, Frontier Field (333 Plymouth Avenue) Root for the Wings, come by our table, grab some literature, learn how to stay safe on your bike and get some commuting tips from certified instructors.
  • Friday, May 18, 6:30 to 10 p.m. "Welcome to Rochester" Ride, Parcel 5 (285 E Main St) Hop on your bike or rent a Pace bike and join Flower City Bike Party for a casual 5 and 12 mile ride around downtown Rochester, exploring popular and lesser known parts of the city. Kickstands up at 7:15 sharp. 
  • Saturday, May 19, 8: 30 a.m. ROC Urban Slow Ride. Kickstands up at 9 a.m. with Criterium Visitors and announcer Richard Fries (Holiday Inn parking lot, 70 State St)
  • Saturday, May 19 2 to 4 p.mRadical Roots Ride (25 E Main St) This low-key, informal tour will explore historic locales pertaining to Rochester’s abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements. Ride starts at the Talman building (Four Corners).
  • Saturday, May 19 Rochester Twilight Criterium bring the family downtown for this thrilling set of races in our urban core. 
  • Sunday, May 20 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday morning Churches Ride cyclists from various Rochester churches will converge on Genesee Valley Park by 9am. Sharply at 9am, we’ll have a short liturgy and time of prayer beside the Roundhouse Shelter. Group ride along the river to follow.
  • Sunday, May 20 10 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Annual Seersucker Social Ride. Rochester’s most elegant and esteemed ride rolls again for a leisurely tour through Rochester’s neighborhoods.

Many more great biking events are coming up this summer. We hope to see you biking around the city!  

Biking in Rochester: General Information