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Bike Month(?)

MaypoleMonday is May 1, and while some might celebrate the occasion by dancing around a pole with ribbons, those of us who pedal recognize it for what it truly is: the start of Bike Month. Started and  sponsored by the League of bikemonthAmerican Bicyclists, it should be 31 days full of two (or three) wheeled events, reaching a crescendo during Bike to Work Week where all the commuting warriors of the road receive our praise and adulation.

A Google search of events nearby proved disheartening. Apparently, in Omaha Bike Month will be more whimper than WOW. Even looking at the website for Omaha Bikes was a disappointment. Here’s what I did find.

Bike to Work Week will be May 15 – 19. The annual Mayors’ Ride will be on May 18th, followed by a Handlebar Happy Hour (the only event with the Omaha Bikes brand I found.) The ride will start at the Bob Kerry Bridge at 5:00pm.

The only recognition of Bike to Work Day that my search revealed was a Commuter Appreciation Station that will be hosted by the good folks at Omaha Bicycle Company. They’ll be at 1700 Country Club Avenue, so stop by if your route takes you that way. I’m sure there will be others but I couldn’t find them advertised.

Not sure if it was coincidental or planned, but on May 5 the Bike for Sight Ride heads out from Miller’s Landing. More info at http://bikeforsight.org.

The Omaha Commuter Challenge also kicks off on May 1, so log your biking, transit, and walking miles.

Don’t forget the National Bike Challenge. This year a Strava account is a requirement. Not a fan of Strava so I’ll likely sit this one out.

One event noticeably missing from this year’s lineup: Cyclofemme.cyclofemme If it truly is missing, I hope it makes a return next year as it is a great vehicle for promoting gender equity in cycling.

If I’m correct in this (and I sincerely hope I’m not), the entire celebration of Bike Month will be compressed into two days in Omaha. If I’m wrong and you know of other planned events, please let me know in the comments. I really, truly want to be wrong. At any rate, I hope I’ll see you on the roads and trails around town, not just in May but year-round. Until then…

UPDATES:
5/3/17 – Two more Commuter Appreciation Stations have surfaced:
Trek Bicycle Stores will be at Aksarben Village near the Keystone Trail
Alley, Poyner, Macchietto Architecture at their offices, 1516 Cuming St.

Omaha Bikes has a contest going following their Positivity theme. Details on their website.

5/4/17- A couple more stations:
Bellevue Bicycle Club – behind Culver’s in Bellevue
RDG Planning & Design – 10th & Farnum

5/17/17 – Bellevue Bicycle Club’s Ride of Silence

Roll on!

Updated Omaha Bike Month Events

Thanks to our friends at LiveWellOmaha, I’ve got some additional information for celebrating Bike Month in our fair city. Below are the pertinent detail:

  • May 1: Bike Month and the LiveWell Commuter Challenge begin
  • May 3: Lids for Kids Ride. Hosted by the Community Bike Project, this is a fundraiser ride to support the Youth Earn-a-Bike program. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of the new locks, helmets, and water bottles each student receives upon graduation, as well as the tools and replacement parts students need to refurbish their bikes. More info found here.
  • May 6: Bike to School Day
  • May 9: ROMAHOAK Ride from Omaha to Red Oak. Click here to learn more.
  • May10: Cyclofemme: Putting ladies on bikes (along with their families). More information on their Facebook page.
  • May 11 – 15: Bike to Work Week
  • May 12: Mayors’ Ride and Proclamation: Join the Mayors of Bellevue and Council Bluffs, and representatives from the City of Omaha. The ride starts at 8:15 following a proclamation at 8:00. Meet at the Bob Kerry Bridge.
  • May 15: Bike to Work Day
  • May 20: Ride of Silence. Sponsored by the Bellevue Bicycle Club, this ride is to comemorate those who have lost their lives while cycling on the roads of the metro area. This ride will start @7:00pm from the Bellevue Loop Trail Head at 3602 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue NE. The ride will have a motorcycle escort provided by Bellevue Police and Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office. For more information, contact Lynn Rollins by filling out this form.
  • May 20: Omaha Gives. Here’s your chance to give back. Find your favorite non-profit and show them that you care. You can learn more here.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention LiveWellOmaha’s own Commuter Challenge. More than a Bike to Work challenge, it’s an event that promotes sustainable transportation. So park your car and walk, bike, or bus to your destinations as much as you can starting tomorrow. Sign up and details can be found here.

So there’s plenty of opportunities to celebrate Bike Month in Omaha. The most difficult part about it is deciding what events to choose. OR you can save yourself the headache by taking part in them ALL!!

See you on the road!