Bike Week in Rochester 2021

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The cycling season in Rochester continues with Bike Week 2021, spanning two consecutive weekends, from May 7 to 16, and offering cycling events for all ages and levels of experience. The purpose is to celebrate biking in Rochester and expand the use of bikes as practical, daily transportation. With many people taking up biking during the pandemic, Bike Week welcomes new riders and demonstrates the great community and infrastructure available to cyclists in Rochester.

For the second year, Bike Week will present a new themed Ride of the Day (ROTD), with a suggestion for a destination, group ride, or photo op. This is your chance to just get out there, using your own creativity and bikes. Look for our ROTD posts every day on Instagram and the other social media platforms.

Bike Week is organized by Reconnect Rochester and its cycling arm, the Rochester Cycling Alliance, but is truly a grassroots effort in that each event is organized individually. Information for the rides is below, along with a specific contact for each ride. Once again, masks will be mandatory at each event.


Here is what’s in store:

Light Up The Night Ride

Friday, May 7, 7:45pm

Genesee Valley Sports Complex parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave

This fun ride to kick off Bike Week begins after sundown and cyclists are encouraged to light up their bikes with glow sticks and bike lights. Gather at the Genesee Valley Sports Complex parking lot after 7pm; kickstands up around 7:45pm. The ride then proceeds through city streets and some trails, at a slow but enjoyable pace. Total distance 11 miles, but there will be shorter loops of 2-5 miles for younger cyclists as well. Dress warm and bring an extra layer for when the temperature creeps down after dark. Contact: Jesse Peers jesse@reconnectrochester.org

ROTD Bike to a Body of Water. Kick off #rocbikeweek with our the first Ride of the Day! Bike to a body of water. Use your imagination! Lake Ontario. Genesee River. Erie Canal. Mendon Pond. A fountain in a local park. 

 

ROC Freedom Riders 2021 Season Kickoff 

Saturday, May 8, 10am

Franklin High School, 950 Norton Street, Kilmar Street parking lot

The ROC Freedom Riders organize big, intentional, action-oriented rides highlighting "Black Spaces, Black Places and Acknowledging Black Faces, in the spirit of the original Freedom Riders of the 1940s and 1960s." Contact: RocFreedomRiders@gmail.com

ROTD Bike to Dessert. Are you ready for today's sweet ride of the day? Ride to dessert! Enjoy an after-meal treat, and bonus for getting there in fresh air and under your own power.

 

Black Girls Do Bike Mother’s Day Ride 

Sunday, May 9, 10am

REI, 450 E. Henrietta Road

Join Black Girls Do Bike Rochester for their first annual Mother's Day Women's ONLY Bike ride. Meet in the REI parking lot, where their casual paced canal pathway bike ride will start. Contact: Kecia L McCullough bgdbrochny@gmail.com

 

Flower City Family Cycling Mother’s Day Ride 

Sunday, May 9, 10am

Join Flower City Family Cycling on Sunday, May 9 at 10am for an all-ages, family-friendly, social ride to kick off our season! This will be their 4th Annual Mother's Day ride and they’ll be meeting up in Perinton for a short wetland walk before they hit the trails on their bikes. For details on this ride and a schedule of all their 2021 rides around the Rochester area, join them here: www.facebook.com/groups/flowercityfamilycycling. Contact: Brooke Fossey: brooke.taylor@gmail.com

ROTD Mother’s/Parents’ Day How about a ride with your kids, or with your mother, or grandmother? Or to your mother's house? Or meet your mother for brunch. Or any parent, actually. What a nice excuse to ride.

 

Bike to Work Day pit stop, U of R 

Monday, May 10, 7:30-9:00am

Elmwood cycle track - across from main hospital entrance

Our region’s largest employer is a wonderful bike destination! Situated along the Genesee River and near the Erie Canal, you’re sure to encounter some scenic spots along your route. The University of Rochester earned a silver “Bicycle Friendly University” award in 2018 and had Rochester’s most used bike share station during Pace’s tenure. To thank people cycling to the River and Medical campuses on May 10, they will have snacks to share in a safe manner. Swing by, fuel up, and talk cycling with their staff partnering and some of our dedicated volunteers. Contact: Tracey Austin: taustin7@parking.rochester.edu

ROTD Bike to Work or School. Start the work week with a practical ride, which you are already heading to anyway. Ride to work or school. If you are working or learning from home, ride around the block back to your “office” or “classroom” and create a new fun commute.

 

Tuesday, May 11

ROTD Bike to a Susan B Anthony or Frederick Douglass Statue. Celebrate Rochester’s most famous citizens and honor them with a bike ride. Visit any SBA or FD statue and ponder the great things they did for our community. Since it’s Tuesday, traditionally Election Day, may we remind you to make sure you are registered to vote.

 

RBK Wednesday Night Cruise 

Wednesday, May 12, 7:30pm

Ice rink, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park

The Rochester Bike Kids are a dynamic, informal group of mostly young people who bike together regularly. All bikers are welcome. Their signature ride is the Wednesday Night Cruise (WNC). They congregate around the ice rink at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in downtown Rochester every Wednesday at 7pm and roll out at 7:30. More info at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rocbikekids. Contact: Bryan Agnello: bagnello@gmail.com

ROTD Run an Errand by Bike. Do something by bike you needed to do anyway: a grocery stop, the bank, pharmacy, etc. Feel the freedom of finding easy parking right at the front door. 

 

Thursday, May 13

ROTD Bike to a Bridge. As a way to “bridge” the work week and the weekend (see what we did there?) we suggest Pont de Rennes, one of Rochester's most scenic, with a spectacular view of the falls. If that's out of your distance ability, choose another bridge - over a path, stream or highway.

 

Bike to Work Day pit stop, Genesee Riverway Trail 

Friday, May 14, 6:30-10:00am

Genesee Riverway Trail, just south of the skate park

If you’ve never tried biking to work, this is the week! Rochesterians are very fortunate to have an average 4.1-mile commute to work, which is about 25 minutes by bike at a casual pace. To thank people cycling to work on May 14th, the Rochester Cycling Alliance will have munchies to share and celebrate those who get to work on two wheels. Swing by, fuel up, and talk cycling with our dedicated volunteers. Contact: Jesse Peers: jesse@reconnectrochester.org

 

ROTD Bike to a Park. Pay homage to the Flower City with your choice of destination, as long as it’s got flowers. A park or garden or even a cemetery. Stop and smell the roses! 

 

Exercise Express Bike Ride & Wash 

Saturday, May 15, 9am-noon

200 West Avenue

Come celebrate Bike Week with Exercise Express LLC at their first annual bike ride & wash. Kickstands up at 11am. They will ride through the 11th & 19th Wards promoting unity and community engagement. Towels, buckets, soap and water provided by Exercise Express. Donuts & water will be served. Contact: Karen Rogers: krogers@theexerciseexpress.com

ROTD Bike to Someplace New. Find a new trail or neighborhood you’d like to visit. 

 

Keeping It Classy Cycling Club Flower Pedal Populaire 

Sunday, May 16, 11am

Rochester Bike Week 2021 culminates with this 10-13 mile fancy-summery-dress themed ride, which will depart at 11am and take a leisurely pace through and around the city. Plan for a picnic afterward in one of our lovely local parks and fun with local cyclists! For more details, check out facebook.com/KICCCRochester. Contact: Dan Slakes: danos.711@gmail.com

ROTD Choose Your Own Bike Adventure. It’s about the journey, not the destination. As a close to Bike Week, find a friend to ride with and just enjoy the glory of getting around on two wheels.

 

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