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2010 Bike Month Events

Bicycle Mural
When: Beginning in May
Where: North wall of the Shen-Valley Band Instrument store, North Liberty Street, Downtown Harrisonburg
Local artists will be installing a bicycle-related mural. Check out the progression of the mural throughout the month!

Rules of the Road Workshops
When: throughout bike month
Where: TBA and can be set up at your work place
Learn your rights on the road as a cyclist as well as the best rules to follow to keep you safe and allow you to enjoy your ride with your fellow vehicles. Come with any questions you may have about bicycling as a form of transportation. Contact bike.ped.challenge@gmail.com to set up this workshop for your business in preparation for Bike to Work Day!

1st WEEK
Petrol Free Gypsy Carnival Tour DIY Workshop
When: Tuesday, May 4th, 7:30 pm
Where: Our Community Place
The Petrol-Free Gypsy Carnival Tour is a bicycle powered music and art tour for peace, social justice and a healthy planet. Members of the Petrol-Free planning collective will be speaking about how and why they decided to organize the tour and how they kept costs down by making their own saddle bags, trailers and bicycle powered electricity generators. LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN WATERPROOF SADDLE BAGS.

Bike Themed Trivia Night
When: Tuesday, May 4th, 9 pm
Where: Clementine Cafe
Clementine's regular raucous trivia night with a bicycle-inspired twist! Come out for a night of mind exercising fun!

2nd WEEK

Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) Welcome and Open House

When: 6:30pm – 7:30pm Monday May 10 (Welcome & Open House will be followed by SVBC's monthly meeting from 7:30-9:30)
Where: Basement of Clementine Cafe, Downtown Harrisonburg

Learn how the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition came to be and about SVBC's current bicycle advocacy efforts. You will also have the opportunity to see what it is to be a member of the coalition and sign up if you like!  

Petrol Free Gypsy Carnival Tour Harrisonburg Kick Off Show

When: 7 pm, Tuesday May 11th

Where: Blue Nile, Downtown Harrisonburg

Check out www.gypsycarnivaltour.org to learn more about the inspiration of this car-free music tour!

Rules of the Road Workshop: All you need to know about how to be a good bicycle commuter and have a great time

When: 7-8 pm, Tuesday May 12th

Where: Clementine Cafe Basement, Downtown

Learn about your rights on the road as a fellow vehicle as well as the laws that we must follow as a unique form of transportation. Get to check out bikes with accessories that can make your ride easier and get any questions answered about bike commuting like how to develop a safe and efficient route to work for you!  

Alley CAT
When: 8pm – 11pmish Friday May 14
Where:  Starts at Court Square, Downtown Harrisonburg
Cost: $3 suggested donation 
Bicycle scavenger hunt!  Choose your own adventure all around Harrisonburg!  Bring bike helmets and pens.
3rd WEEK

Bicycle Hoedown!

When: 5pm – 9pm Sunday May 16 (pot luck at 5pm; dancing starts at 6pm; music jam at 8pm)
Where: Liberty Park, Downtown Harrisonburg
Cost: $5 suggested donation. Kids under 12 are free. Those who arrive by bicycle get a free scoop of ice cream!
Celebrate Harrisonburg bike month at the Bicycle Hoedown! Bring friends and family for fun activities including fun hoedown dancing with a bicycle twist, bike-churned ice cream, face painting, mural painting, kids games, and food .


Ride of Silence

When: 7pm Wednesday May 19
Where: Starts at EMU Commons parking lot (north end of campus on the west side of Park Road)
This ride is a slow paced ride to remember all those injured or killed while riding their bikes on public roadways.  The loop will be 10-12 miles.  The Ride of Silence happens in hundreds of communities around the world.  For more info see www.rideofsilence.org 

Bike to Work Day

When: Friday May 21


Community Bike Ride

When: 12pm Saturday May 22

Where: Starts at Harrisonburg Farmers Market, Downtown Harrisonburg

A family friendly ride centered around the neighborhoods of Downtown Harrisonburg.  Riders must wear a helmet, all bike types encouraged, bike trailers and tag-a-longs also welcomed.  Kids who can ride two wheels will have an option as well.  The ride is not about speed, distance or racing ….  It is about building a community two wheels at a time.


Bike Month Movie Night & Harrisonburg/Davis Bike Trip Documentary

When: 7:30pm Saturday May 22

Where: Court Square Theater, Downtown Harrisonburg

Cost: $7

Parking: Ride your Bike!!

Bring your friends for a two wheel bicycle Movie Night at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg. SVBC will be showing the 80's bicycle classic "American Flyers" which will be proceeded by the first showing of a short Documentary of the Harrisonburg/Davis Bicycle Trip. A social will immediate follow the showings at the Blue Nile Restaurant/Lounge, a great opportunity to meet fellow cyclist and ask question to those who went on the Harrisonburg/Davis Bicycle.

4th WEEK

Commuting for Peace Presentation

When: Tuesday May 25th, 7:30 pm

Where: Our Community Place

Presented at the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference this year. Transportation alternatives in the 21st Century - Oil wars, sustainability, community, poverty, and biking? This presentation explores the connections between riding a bicycle and peace as well as learning tools to promote cycling as a viable and beneficial form of transportation.