Ride On

Biking to work, and beyond

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fair-weather bicyclists and hardcore spokespeople are likely rejoicing at upcoming weather forecasts for the region—which mostly call for sun for the foreseeable future. If the warmer temps have you looking for excuses to don a helmet and hit the road, read on.

Bike to Work and School Day is a natural fit to kick off riding season, and this year’s events taking place from 6:30-10am Fri., May 18 at a couple dozen “celebration stations” located throughout Bellingham promise to make the experience a memorable one. Participants on two wheels who stop by places such as Cafe Velo, WWU’s Red Square, Kulshan Brewing Co., Bellingham Technical College, and Puget Sound Energy can expect to be greeted by volunteers ringing cowbells, followed by the dispersal of free treats and prizes and the sharing of information about safe bicycling. A Tricycle Relay Race will further the fun at noon in front of City Hall, and a Bike Party happening from 4-7pm on Bay Street (between West Holly and Champion streets) will feature a beer garden, food trucks, bike polo, a photo booth, an additional tricycle race and more.  Info: http://www.biketoworkandschoolday.org

The following day, Shifting Gears—a nonprofit with an aim to create welcoming recreation experiences that encourage confidence, wellness, growth and joy—will offer a Womxn’s Full Day Road Ride from Boundary Bay Brewery (1107 Railroad Ave.) to Ferndale’s Appel Farms (6605 Northwest Dr.). The Sat., May 19 event is one of many mountain and road bike rides planned throughout the spring and summer, and the group also offers workshops and seminars on the regular—including a Sun., May 20 gathering focused on “Bike Commuting Basics.” All programs this month are free, so there’s no excuse not to check out what Shifting Gears has to offer. Info: http://www.letsshiftgears.com

Keep your fingers crossed that the stellar weather will continue until Fri., June 1, when the 10th annual World Naked Bike Ride rolls through the streets of downtown Bellingham. The free outing is one of more than 70 similar events taking place in cities and countries around the world, so citizen activists will be in good company while they’re riding to protest humans’ “indecent exposure” to fossil fuels, highlight bicyclist vulnerability, and redefine our cultural body image. Decorative body painting starts at 3pm at the Hub Community Bike Shop (903 1/2 N. State St.), and that’s also where the ride will begin three hours later. For the first time, the eye-catching event will be routed to Boulevard Park before returning to its usual passage through the downtown area, so if you’re on the waterfront be on the lookout out for the riders, who are encouraged to be as “bare as they dare” before setting out on their two-wheeled conveyances. Info: http://www.facebook.com/Bellingham-World-Naked-Bike-Ride

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