Spinning your wheels can amount to something this month, as the City of Raleigh celebrates National Bike Month. Bike Raleigh, a collaboration between the city, an advisory commission, and the Office of Transporatation Planning, promotes wheel savvy all year long, from implementing commuter bike lanes to working with local cycle groups to host recreational rides. Efforts double down in May in honor of the annual Bike Month initiative led by the League of American Bicyclists. Here’s your extra excuse to hop on two wheels and cruise the greenways. There are bike-friendly maps at bikeraleigh.org, and a few specific events are listed below. –Jessie Ammons Rumbley
OAKS AND SPOKES FESTIVAL
Local bicycling nonprofit Oaks and Spokes got its start as a festival. This annual event offers many options for every level of cycle ability and interest:
Marbles Kids Museum bike rodeo
7 murals + 7 stories ride
Kidical Mass ride
Frankenbike parts swap
BikeRaleigh pep rally
Light Up the Night ride
4th Annual Raleigh Cat ride
Cyclofemme ride and tea party
BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY
Raleigh schools are working together to support this nationally celebrated event. Learn more at walkbiketoschool.org
CAPITAL CITY BIKE RIDE
The official kick-off to Bike Raleigh’s Bike Month invites the community to join city staff, elected officials, and local cycle leaders for a morning ride through downtown Raleigh. This year’s highlights include Raleigh Union Station and Dix Park. Post-ride, you’ll get a private tour of Union Station. Be sure to register in advance online.
RIDE OF SILENCE
Spread awareness through this ride honoring those who have been injured or killed while biking on public roads.
BIKE TO WORK DAY
Another local iteration of a national event: There’s a handy toolkit of tips, as well as recommended pit stops, on Bike Raleigh’s website.
Bike to and through Walnut Creek Wet land Center for a few nature-oriented (and dirty) activities.
RALEIGH HISTORY TOUR
Bike and learn through some of downtown’s historic districts.