The Return of Bike Month

The Return of Bike Month
Photo by John Anderson

It's time again for that annual bonanza of bicycling known as Austin Bike Month. With gas prices gone wild and climate crisis at critical mass, there's no better time to curb the car. Organized by the Austin Cycling Associ­a­tion, Bike Month includes opportunities for the inexperienced to try bike commuting, join recreational group rides, and learn safe bicycling techniques – and there is also a number of activities for seasoned cyclists. See www.austincycling.org/bike_month.php for a full list of events. Here's this week's rundown:

Friday, May 2

Civic Bicycle Cruise, aka Political Pedal

Join elected officials and community leaders on an easygoing cruise around Downtown en route to the Bicyclists' Happy Hour. 4:45pm. Austin City Hall Plaza, 301 W. Second, 389-2250.

Bicyclists' Happy Hour

Join the Civic Bicycle Cruise, or just show up for snacks, libations, and lively conversation. Enjoy valet bike parking and live music! 6-7:30pm. The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 301 San Jacinto. bikeeric@yahoo.com.

Saturday, May 3

Capital Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Summit

Share ideas on promoting bicycling as a viable transportation mode. Register online at www.campotexas.org/programs_bicped.php. 9am-4pm. UT campus, Jester Center, 21st & Speedway. Free.

Hundred Acre Wood Overnight Ride & Camping Event

The Hundred Acre Wood, a new event space 20 miles east of Downtown in Manor, hosts an arts & crafts fair followed by camping beneath a meteor shower. It's free, but participants must register at www.austincycling.org. Start time TBA. Ride begins at Yellow Bike Project, 2013 E. 51st. Destination: The Hundred Acre Wood, 21707 Hog Eye Rd., Manor.

Sunday, May 4

Inside Austin/Beginner Ride

This scenic ride entirely within Austin follows estab­lished city bicycle routes, begins in North Austin, and cruises leisurely through historic Central neigh­bor­hoods, landmarks, and parks. A 10- to 12-mile beginners ride will depart from the same location later that morning. 8am. Pillow Elementary School, 3025 Crosscreek Dr., 345-1154.

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