Greater City Providence

May is Bike Month

May is bike month, and the folks over at Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition have put together quite a list of events leading up to Bike to Work Day on May 20th.

I’m definitely looking forward to making my way to the festivities on the 20th, as last year I was sick that day. Hopefully, the lure of free bananas and bagels will help me talk at least one more coworker into biking to work with me.

Bike Month Events

May 8 – South Coast Randonee by East Coast Greenway Alliance – Bourne Bridge to India Point Park

May 8, 2pm to 4pm – Mother’s Day on the Greenway by East Coast Greenway Alliance/Roger Williams University @ India Point Park

May 10, 6:30PM – Bicycle Maintenance Basics @ REI Cranston

May 12, 6:30PM – Conversation with Give A Bike riders hosted by Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition @ McFadden’s

May 14, 8:00PM – Bike Prom – A benefit for US Open Cycling Foundation @ Roots Cafe

May 15, 10:00AM – Ray Young’s Ride w/Narragansett Bay Wheelmen @ Greenville, RI

May 15, 1:00PM – SRPEDD, Mass in Motion and UMASS Dartmouth hosted bike ride between Fall River and New Bedford

May 16, 5:30 to 7:00 PM – bikeProvidence! – Bike Sharing Study and Cycling Resources by City of Providence/RIBIKE @ 30 Exchange Terrace

May 17 – Women Only Bicycle Maintenance Basics @ REI Cranston

May 18, 5:00PM – Ride of Silence Providence, Honoring Paige Hicks

The Ride of Silence will take place in Providence, and in 200 cities world-wide, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, to honor those injured or killed while cycling on public roadways, particularly members of the Greater Providence community.

The event has no sponsors and no registration fees. It asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. All cyclists will be required to wear helmets, follow traffic laws, and use hand signals, aiming to raise awareness about the important of cycling safety and sharing the road.

Cyclists will gather at 6:15 on the Front Green of Brown University, at the corner of Prospect Street and Waterman Street. The ride, which will be 8 miles long, will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a reception to follow in the Multipurpose Room of the Stephen Robert Campus Center on the Main Green of Brown.

May 19, 5:30 to 7:30 PM – Gallery Night Bicycle Tour

Bike to Work Day

May 20, 6:30 to 9:00 AM – Providence Bike to Work Day morning festivities:

  • 6:30 Am to 9:00 AM – Breakfast, Raffle, Bike Checks!
  • Breakfast of bagels, spreads and fruit courtesy of Whole Foods Market
  • Fresh coffee courtesy of New Harvest Coffee Roasters
  • Bike Checks/Service provided by REI

May 20 – Newport Bike to Work Day festivities

May 22, 10:00AM – Introduction to Road Cycling @ REI Cranston

May 27, 5:15PM – Critical Mass/Community Bike Ride by Critical Mass RI @ Atwells Ave. Pineapple

Matthew Coolidge

Matthew Coolidge is co-founder of Greater City Providence. In addition to the occasional blog post about cycling, sailing, or urban rant, he works as an Electrical Engineer, often traveling to major cities and ports around the globe, or simply Warwick.


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