Second annual Boise Bike Week rolls into Town 

The second annual Boise Bike Week rolls into Boise May 3 through May 7, presenting to bicycle enthusiasts a week of events featuring cycling incentives, safety and recreation. To help kick-off the action-paced week, Mayor Bieter will show his support and welcome cyclists to the opening event—the Commuter's Bike Rally—taking place on 8th Street between Bannock and Idaho Street on Monday, May 3 from 7-8 a.m. Ken Bass and Teri Tate from The River 94.9 FM will stage a live remote at the event. Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters and Zeppole Baking Co will provide coffee and pastries. The first fifty people to arrive will receive a free George's Cycles & Fitness water bottle.

Other Boise Bike Week events include a Commuter Race, how-to clinics and the Pedal Parade (see calendar of events below). The commuter race will test efficiency and determine the fastest way from the North End to BSU in a race between cyclist and motorist. Repair clinics offered by Boise's own Dirt Dart will help provide people with the essential how-to's of self-repair and maintenance. Additional bicycle education will include safety information and road riding tips ranging from obscure facts to important rules, such as knowing when to fully stop or merely yield at an intersection. Boise Bike Week will conclude with the Pedal Parade riding from Ann Morrison to Camel's Back Park, where food and prizes will be shared with attending enthusiasts.

Boise Bike Week is a grassroots effort consisting of local bicyclists who wish to celebrate and strengthen the local cycling community. "Boise has been ranked by Mountain Biking Magazine as the best mountain biking town in America three years in a row. We would like to expand this status from the trails to the streets and create the most bicycle-friendly environment possible within our city limits," said Ryan Henbest, Boise Bike Week event coordinator. "More and more people already are viewing biking as another viable form of transportation, and this is a trend we'd like to help grow through community events such as Boise Bike Week," Henbest added.

Last year's Boise Bike Week events drew out families, cycling enthusiasts and bicycle-owning community members in an event-packed week consisting of community rides, bicycle-commuting education and free bike inspections. More than seventy people attended the Pedal Parade from Ann Morrison Park to Camel's Back. This year, organizers hope to double attendance. "Boise Bike Week will encourage members of the community to ride and ride safe through education, incentives and fun," Tracy Wilson, Boise Bike Week event coordinator said.

monday, may 3

7-8 a.m. Commuter's Bike Rally on 8th StreeT—Celebrate May in Motion and Boise Bike Week with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter by riding your bike to 8th Street, between Idaho and Bannock streets in downtown Boise. Ken Bass and Teri Tate from The River 94.9 FM will stage a live remote at the event. Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters and Zeppole Baking Co will provide coffee and pastries. The first fifty people to arrive will receive a free George's Cycles & Fitness water bottle.

11 a.m.-noon Race to Boise State—We're putting a car and a bike head to head and finding out who will get to class faster.

6 p.m. ACHD Bicycle Advisory Meeting—Have concerns about the pathways in Ada County? Come to ACHD at 3775 Adams St and show your support for bicycle commuting—share your thoughts, concerns, suggestions and help ACHD improve the pathways system in Ada county.

tuesday, may 4

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boise State Bicycle Days—Assorted cycling activities on the Quad.

Noon-1 p.m. Free Bike Inspection—Provided by Dirt Dart Mobile Bike Service in front of city hall on Capitol Blvd

6:30 p.m. Group Ride— Meet at Idaho Mountain Touring, 13th and Main.

wednesday, may 5

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boise State Bicycle Days—Assorted cycling activities on the Quad.

7 p.m. Bicycle Clinic at REI—Join REI in celebrating Boise Bike Week with this intensive presentation on commuting around Boise by bicycle. This presentation will cover greenbelt and street routes around Boise; cycling in traffic safely; how to dress for your cycling commute; and methods of transporting your gear and office apparel. Boise bike route maps and commuting tips will be provided.

thursday, may 6

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boise State Bicycle Days—Assorted cycling activities on the Quad.

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bicycle Safety Inspection at REI—Come to REI and get your bicycle inspected for safety. REI Master Technician Brook Robinson will inspect your bicycle free of charge and let you know if there are any potential safety issues with your bicycle. Receive 20 percent off all bicycle tune packages during this event. REI will also register your bike with the City of Boise. In case of theft and recovery of your bicycle, the City of Boise will have the information necessary to return your bicycle to the rightful owner.

6:30 p.m. Group Ride—Meet at Idaho Mountain Touring, 13th and Main.

friday, may 7

6:30 p.m. Bike Messenger Race—Basque Block (Grove Street).

8 p.m. Bicycle Block Party—Basque Block (Grove Street).

saturday, may 8

9 a.m. SPIN Ride Start and Finish at Lake Lowell Visitor Center

5:30 p.m. Pedal Parade—Families and children meet at Camel's Back Park, adults meet at the northwest parking lot at Ann Morrison Park, for a fun ride through town as to show Boise how much we love biking. Registration for both rides begin at 4:30 p.m.

For more info, go to www.boisebikeweek.com.

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