The next week contains several biking-related events for the cycling community in Memphis. Â Beginning, well, earlier tonight, with the third and final round of the Crit Series at Tiger Lane. Â I had wanted to attend this unique and exciting race, but mowing down the forest of weeds I call a yard won instead. Â 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. Â Plan to arrive at 7:00 AM for a 7:20 AM spot about Bike to Work Day. Â The studio is located at 485 S. Highland St.
Next of course is Bike to Work Day. Â 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. Â But regardless, I would otherwise be riding along this year too … except that my bike is still in the shop. Â Somehow my rear axle broke and I didn’t even realize it. Â Bummer. Â Looks like I’m driving until further notice.
Also, check out this utterly amazing PSA about biking in Memphis. Â Woo hoo!!!
On Monday, the Memphis Hightailers are sponsoring a screening of the classic biking film “Breaking Away” at the Malco Paradiso. Â The proceeds from the screening go to support the sister of a now-deceasedÂ Peddler Bike Shop employee who has Multiple Sclerosis. Â 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. Â WaitWHAT? Â Bike lanes on North Parkway?!?! Â Be still my beating heart! Â 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. Â Whatever. Â It looks like fun. Â And I’ll be there, as soon as I get a Sunday evening free.