Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Boise Bike Week Events

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

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Boise Bike Week kicked off yesterday with morning pastries at City Hall and a twilight ride in the evening. The following is a list of events still to come through the official end of Bike Week Saturday, May 19. Visit boisebikeweek.org for more information.


Tuesday, May 15
• Adapted Bike Fair—Try out a fleet of adaptive cycles including hand cycles, adult tricycles, recumbent cycles, tandem bikes and more and take them through an obstacle course. 5-8 p.m. $1 suggested donation per person. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 W. Robbins Road.

• Road Ride—Join in on this introduction to road cycling and touring while winding through East Boise’s beautiful roads and paths. Helmet and waiver required. Bring a road bike. 6 p.m. FREE. Eastside Cycles, 3123 S. Bown Way.

• Bike Maintenance Basics—Learn how to fix a flat tire, do some basic wheel truing and an ABC Quick Check from Boise Bicycle Project’s maintenance experts. The class is suitable for all ages and knowledge levels. 7 p.m. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St.


Wednesday, May 16
• Street Smart cycling—This condensed version of the regular Street Smarts Cycling course is taught by the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and will cover hand signals, basic lane positioning, turning, lane changes, avoiding potential problems, stop lights and signs and Idaho’s cycling road laws. 5 p.m. FREE. George’s Cycles and Fitness, 10178 W. Fairview Ave.

• Women’s Road Ride—Get to know other women riders, get schwag, check out the great line of Sheila Moon clothing and enjoy a post-ride barbecue. Pre-ride activities begin at 5 p.m. Helmet and waiver required. 6 p.m. FREE. Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park, Old Horseshoe Bend Road, Eagle.

• Pedal Power Picnic at the park—Use your bike to bring your potluck item to the Pedal Power Potluck Picnic in the Park. Better yet, can you use your bike to create your dinner along the way? Mix the drink or whip the cream? Let your imagination go wild. Show off your ingenuity, share your favorite local food and enjoy the evening with like minded-friends. Helmets and signed waiver required. 6 p.m. FREE. Boise Co-Op, 888 W. Fort St.

• Ride of Silence—A slow, silent ride to reflect and remember fallen cyclists. Helmets and signed waiver required. This is a worldwide event. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St.


Thursday, May 17
• Mountain Biking Intro and Skills Ride—Learn basic mountain biking skills on this no-drop ride through the Foothills led by SWIMBA. Topics include equipment, riding techniques, trail etiquette and more. A helmet is required. 6 p.m., Camel’s Back Park (on the east side of the tennis courts), 1200 W. Heron St.

• Boise Bike Week Block Party—Food truck rally and New Belgium beers, specialty bike booths including bike crafters, local bicycle nonprofits, local riding groups and clubs. Raffle for the New Belgium Cruiser Bike and a BOB Trailer. Jonathan Warren and the Billygoats will play from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bike valet will be available. 5:30-10 p.m., Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St.


Friday, May 18
• Bike to Work Day Celebration—Join the Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance as they thank you for using a bicycle or your feet for your daily commute. They’ll have coffee, food, schwag and other good stuff. 6:30 a.m.-9 a.m. at Eighth and Bannock streets and on the Greenbelt at the fireman’s statue east of Americana Boulevard.

• Ride to the New 3.2—Join the FACTS organization as it officially opens the newest addition to the Boise River Trail system—3.2 miles stretching from Garden City to Eagle. Enjoy a ride starting at the Willow Lane Athletic Complex out to the start of the new trail and join FACTS President Judy Peavey-Derr and others for the official opening. It’s not paved yet, but any bicycle with wider tires will be fine on the packed sand and gravel bed. Bring the whole family and enjoy this special asset in the Treasure Valley. 6 p.m., Willow Lane Athletic Complex, 4623 Willow Lane (meet in the parking lot).

• Bike-In Movie Night—Boise Bicycle Project will host a bike-in movie event. This year the feature film will be Quicksilver. There will also be movie shorts and music afterward. Show will start around 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or couches—just get them there by bicycle. A no-host beer garden will be provided by New Belgium Brewing with all proceeds going toward the paving of the new 3.2 miles of Boise River Trail. 8:30 p.m., Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St.


Saturday, May 19
• Kid’s Mountain Bike Ride—Ages 7 and older, all skill levels. Helmet and signed waiver required. Ride is about two hours. 10 a.m., Velodrome, Old Horseshoe Bend Road, Eagle.

• Pedal Power Parade and Finale—This is the big finale for Boise Bike Week. Meet at Capitol Park for a leisurely group ride through the downtown and Hyde Park areas. Afterward, enjoy food and drinks in the park as well as a raffle of the week’s prizes. Remember—it’s a parade, so wear your parade best and dress up your bike. This is a family friendly event. Helmets and signed waiver required. Registration at 4:30 p.m., ride at 5 p.m. Meet at Capitol Park.

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