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This weekend’s activities

Hi everyone.  Just a quick post about a couple of biking activities this weekend you should know about.

The good people in the Boscos Cycling Team (including April’s Cyclist of the Month, Jason Potter) are leading a Bike to Work Train from Midtown to downtown on Friday, June 1.  The ride begins at Otherlands Coffee Bar at 7:30 AM – be there early for some java.  It will be a fun ride.

On Saturday, June 2, the monthly Cycle Memphis ride happens.  This installment meets at 7:00 PM at the gazebo at the corner of Cooper St. and Young Ave. and begins at 7:15 PM.  I don’t have a route to share with you, but every Cycle Memphis I’ve been on has been great.  I don’t think I’ll be able to attend, so have fun in my absence.

Alright Memphis, get out there and get on your bikes.

Upcoming events

The next week contains several biking-related events for the cycling community in Memphis.  Beginning, well, earlier tonight, with the third and final round of the Crit Series at Tiger Lane.  I had wanted to attend this unique and exciting race, but mowing down the forest of weeds I call a yard won instead.  Regardless, I hope to attend the next round of Crit races.

Tomorrow morning the Bike-to-Work Day festivities begin early – a day early in fact – with a TV appearance at the FOX 13 studios.  Plan to arrive at 7:00 AM for a 7:20 AM spot about Bike to Work Day.  The studio is located at 485 S. Highland St.

Next of course is Bike to Work Day.  I was really excited to participate in this event last year, even though I wasn’t actually biking to work, as all of the activities of that day were centered around downtown and I work far from there.  But regardless, I would otherwise be riding along this year too … except that my bike is still in the shop.  Somehow my rear axle broke and I didn’t even realize it.  Bummer.  Looks like I’m driving until further notice.

Also, check out this utterly amazing PSA about biking in Memphis.  Woo hoo!!!

On Monday, the Memphis Hightailers are sponsoring a screening of the classic biking film “Breaking Away” at the Malco Paradiso.  The proceeds from the screening go to support the sister of a now-deceased Peddler Bike Shop employee who has Multiple Sclerosis.  I’m really excited to bike to the Paradiso and watch this movie while supporting MS research.

Lastly, on Tuesday (24 May) there is a public interest meeting about the possible installation of bike lanes on North Parkway.  WaitWHAT?  Bike lanes on North Parkway?!?!  Be still my beating heart!  The meeting is at Rhodes College.

Also, there is a regular gathering of bikers on Sunday afternoon at 5:30 PM to ride to Yo-Lo for ice cream … er, frozen yogurt.  Whatever.  It looks like fun.  And I’ll be there, as soon as I get a Sunday evening free.

Bike-to-Work Day Memphis

I’m really excited to participate for the second time in National Bike-to-Work Day, which is scheduled for Friday, 20 May, this year in Memphis.  (I’m assuming that the name of the event is self-explanatory enough such that I don’t need to go into what it’s all about.)  If this year’s event is anything like last year, it should be great.  There’s a contest this year to see which company can get the most employees to bike in that day.  There will also be “energizer” stations in various locations around downtown to hand out goodies, snacks, water, and so on.  And there will be some lunch-time event at Court Square Park, with bike vendors and groups and a band and all that.

Last year was quite a bit of fun.  I met some random people at Otherlands Coffee – none of whom I had ever met before – and we biked to the energizer station in the South Main arts district.  Then, my fellow riders went to work and I … had breakfast.  Then hung around one of the local coffee houses for most of the day, until it was time to ride home.  You see, since I don’t work in downtown, it was Bike-to-Work Day for me in name only.  I did bike, just not to work.  Well, my work anyway.

I’d really like it if there was a Bike-to-Work Day outpost on campus, maybe at the fountain on the Student Plaza. Trouble is, 20 May is after spring semester ends and before summer term begins, so the campus will basically be a ghost town.  I do love that about my job, having summers off.  In the meantime, for me, every day is bike-to-work day.

Here’s a link to the event’s facebook page.  So far over 250 people like the event, and it would be really exciting if all 250+ actually biked to work that day.  I suspect that some of them are likes in principle, not in practice.  Still, support for biking is meaningful, even if not put into practice.

Oh, and I just noticed that you do have to register to participate.  All you submit is your name, email address, company, and where you want to pick up your schwag.