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Austin Bike Month Rolls In

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Naked City has found a way to achieve the elusive – the simultaneous trifecta of supporting the troops, saving the environment, and sculpting a set of rock-hard buns. All one has to do is hop on a bicycle and participate in any of the numerous Austin Bike Month activities starting this Friday. In its 12th year, Bike Month incorporates group rides, free bike safety classes, park and trail maintenance, bike giveaways, bike to work day, and some good ol' parties, among other things.

Key Bike Month events include:

• The eighth annual Political Pedal, April 29. Join elected officials and City Council candidates on a short meander through downtown, departing City Hall at 4:30pm. The Political Pedal ends an hour later at the Bitter End Bistro & Brewery B-Side, 311 Colorado, in the Warehouse District, where riders can lube the wheels of democracy until 7:30pm at the "Bicyclist's Happy Hour."

Bike to First Thursday, May 5. Cyclists are invited to ride down to this month's first Thursday festivities on South Congress. Jo's Coffee (1300 S. Congress) is hosting a Bike Month party with complimentary valet parking – for bicycles that is. E-mail preston3@communitymobility.org for more info.

• Members of the Austin Ridge Riders, a local mountain bike club, will teach the basics May 7 during a Mountain Bike Clinic and Ride at City Park (Emma Long Metropolitan Park), 1600 City Park Rd. Be there at 10am. E-mail Michael Castaneda at mjcastaneda@austin.rr.com for more info.

• The May 8 Mother's Day Beginners and Family Mountain Bike Ride starts at 2pm at Mary Moore Seawright Park, 907 Slaughter. E-mail mjcastaneda@austin.rr.com for more info.

• Ride with licensed instructors and learn about cycling comfortably in traffic during the New to Bicycling Ride, May 8. Come out for a 4- to 10-mile group ride that will circle the Shoal Creek area in North Austin. All you need to bring is a working bicycle, helmet, and a bottle of water. Meet at 9am at Gullet Elementary, 6310 Treadwell, one block west of Shoal Creek Boulevard. Contact Marc Miller at 423-7262 for more info.

For a full list of activities go to www.austincycling.org/issues.html.

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