Transportation Department - April 26, 2016
Winston-Salem will celebrate National Bike Month in May with organized bike rides, films, Walk & Roll Winston-Salem, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, USA Cycling championships and more.
Bike Month kicks off May 1 with Walk & Roll Winston-Salem, a biking and walking festival in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter offering activities, food and ice cream trucks, and an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike along Research Parkway, which will be closed to motor vehicles.
Wednesday, May 4, is National Bike to School Day. Students are encouraged to bike with parents and friends to school. (Sherwood Forest Elementary is holding its Bike to School day on May 13, after a Bike Skills Workshop it will hold on May 7.)
On Saturday, May 7, the first 20 cyclists who arrive on bikes between 9 a.m. and noon at Cobblestone Farmer’s Market in Old Salem will receive a $5 token toward the purchase of fruits and vegetables. Show your bike and helmet to be eligible.
May 9 - 13 is Bike to Work Week. Workers with longer commutes are encouraged to try riding a portion of the way on PART or WSTA buses, which have bike racks.
A/perture Cinema will hold two free screenings of bike-related films: Wadjda at 6:30 p.m. May 16; and Where the Trail Ends at 6:30 p.m. May 26. A/perture will also show a free bike-themed film at noon May 25 as part of the “What is a City” film & discussion series.
The annual Ride of Silence to honor killed or injured cyclists will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 18, leaving from Mock Orange Bikes, 492 West End Blvd. Police officers will set up rolling stops to give the riders the right of way at intersections.
For three Sundays beginning May 8, cyclists of all ages are invited to participate in the Winston-Salem Community Bike Ride for an 8- to 10-mile ride. The rides start at 3 p.m. at West End Coffee House, 390 N. Broad St.
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening the Piedmont Flyers Bicycle Club invites cyclists to join them for road rides at 6 p.m. Find out more at PiedmontFlyers.com. Clemmons Bicycle Shop leads road rides from their shop every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. Learn more at www.clemmonsbicycle.com.
Bike Month in Winston-Salem concludes with three national cycling events. The Volkswagen USA Cycling Masters & Para-Cycling Road National Championships will be held May 24-28; the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road Race & Time Trial National Championships will be held May 28, and the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic will be held May 29-30. More information about these events is available at USACycling.org and WinstonSalemCycling.com.
Bike Month is sponsored by the city of Winston-Salem, the Forsyth County Public Health Department, Active Routes to School Region 3 and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. For more information call City Link 311 or go to CityofWS.org/BikeMonth.