Bay State Bike Week is nearly upon us! Literally, it starts tomorrow. Below is a comprehensive rundown of events coming up in this glorious week, so you’ll know exactly where to be to maximize your fun quota.
- Monday kicks it off with a truly one-of-a-kind event: the Liveable Streets Rush Hour Race. Join us in Kendall Square as a cyclist, a driver, and an MBTA rider face off to decide which is the fastest way to get from Davis Square, Somerville to Kendall Square, Cambridge.
- Then on Tuesday, enjoy a free pancake breakfast courtesy of Broadway Bicycle School! Starting at 8AM, mechanics will turn line cooks as they serve up some grub for anyone who stops by the shop. Come for the food, hang out for the bikes!
- For your Wednesday, enjoy a screening of the new video Strength in Numbers, from Anthill Films. You don’t have to be a downhiller or even a mountain biker to appreciate the cinematography, skill, and incredible amount of work that went into this gorgeous feature. Our crew will definitely be there – join us! It’s at Jerry Remy’s in Fenway, and starts at 7 o’clock. There’s a $5 cover, donated directly to NEMBA, so they can keep their trails all pretty and stuff.
- Things get a little more serious on Thursday, as MassBike holds their first Bike/Walk summit at the summit (see what we did there?) of Beacon Hill – the Massachusetts State House. Anyone is welcome to come by and voice their concerns, suggestions, or praises about cycling and walking in the city. For more information, check out MassBike’s website. We’ll certainly be swinging by as well!
- On Friday, join us bright and early on City Hall Plaza as we kick off a growing summer tradition: Bike Fridays! Join one of the rides into town, or just swing on by and hang out. We’ll have a tent there to greet you all with, there’s free food from Boloco, and tons of other fun folks to chat with. Come by and say hey! You might even see our Mayor mingling with the crowd.
- Finally, on Sunday there are a whole slew of events!
- Things get started early in the AM with the Boston Brain Tumor Ride. We’ll be delivering up to 30 bikes straight to the starting line for this perennially excellent charity event. Bill Coffman, one of the ride’s most perennial participants and this year’s #2 fundraiser, will be riding one of our bikes! Will you? There’s still time to register and fund-raise!
- A little later in the day, we’ll be kicking it at Amory Park in Brookline for the fifth annual Brookline Bikes Beacon Street Parade! Come show your support for the social, environmental, and physical benefits of cycling with hundreds of other folks from Brookline, and the neighboring communities. We’ll be there with a mechanic’s stand for pre-ride checkups and with in-ride mechanical support provided by our mobile repair bike. Come say hey!
- If you’re not in the mood for an organized event, check out Bikeyface’s Bikenic on the Boston Common. It’s not wild or anything, just a bunch of bikers coming together to hang out and eat food. You’ll probably see someone you know there, or at least some people you’ve seen riding around the streets of Boston. Sign up on Facebook and bring your friends!
And that’ll about do it for Bike Week! But stay tuned, there’s plenty more coming in the final week of Bike Month.
Keep it wheel,