Cycling Fun Day
Cycling Fun Day is a new event to be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, to celebrate the conclusion of the Solar Bear Ride to raise money for Cancer Services. Also sponsoring the event are the City of Winston-Salem Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, the Winston-Salem Journal, Novant Health, and the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.
This year’s celebration will include free, fun activities for all cycling abilities as well as for walkers and skaters:
9:00 a.m. - Solar Bear Finale 40-mile bike ride, open to the public -- FREE
10:30 a.m. - Solar Bear Finale 10-mile bike ride around the city, open to the public -- FREE
12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m. - Public celebration for everyone of the Solar Bear Ride benefiting Cancer Services -- FREE
- Some downtown streets will be closed to motor vehicles so people can enjoy biking, walking or skating without traffic: Poplar Street, 4-1/2 Street, Spring Street, and Holly Avenue.
- 4th Street will be blocked off for exhibitors and free food for participants who have registered for the events. Registration tables will be at either end of 4th Street where it connects to Poplar or Spring streets.
- The Winston-Salem Journal is providing FREE live music and food.
- Cancer Services is sponsoring a Cancer Awareness Scavenger Hunt and will provide prizes. Winners do not have to be present to receive a prize.
- A special Children’s Area will feature a Bike Rodeo conducted by the Winston-Salem Police Department Downtown Bike Patrol, helmet fittings and other fun activities.
You can read about last year’s Solar Bear Ride on the Winston-Salem Journal’s website.
Everyone is encouraged to bike or walk to the event, if possible. If you do drive, on-street parking is available outside of the event area that is closed to traffic.
Cycling Sunday, a special event for cyclists of all ages and abilities, encourages people to bike (or walk and skate) in downtown Winston-Salem on a Sunday afternoon when certain streets are closed to motorized vehicles. The event is sponsored by the City of Winston-Salem Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, with sponsorship and support from other community organizations.
Begun in October, 2009 with a single event, Cycling Sunday has attracted hundreds of cyclists on all types of bicycles as well as walkers, skateboarders, and in-line skaters. Starting in 2010, a second event was added so Cycling Sunday occurs once in the spring and once in the fall. More recently, the health department has added different family activities and health information.
Community Bike Ride
This community event was started in August of 2011 by two cyclists as a weekly, leisurely-paced bike ride of about 10 miles throughout different parts of the city. The goal is to give cyclists of all ages and abilities a fun, social group ride where no one is left behind. These rides on Sunday afternoons, which start at Caffé Prada at the corner of 4th Street and Broad Street, introduce cyclists to different areas of the city while riding on streets and greenways. For more details, go to the Bike Winston-Salem website (opens in a new window). You can also sign up on the website for a weekly email about each ride.
Bike Club Activities
Piedmont Flyers Bicycle Club is a non-profit educational, recreational and social organization for bicycling enthusiasts based in Lewisville, NC. The goal of the Piedmont Flyers Bicycle Club is to promote and encourage bicycling in our community, for all levels of cyclists. From weekly rides to scheduled events, from trail preservation to event support, the club offers a wide range of cycling activities. More information is available at the Piedmont Flyers website (opens in a new window).
Hearts Racing Club, a long-time club sponsored by Ken’s Bike Shop, includes both competitive racers and recreational cyclists, both on- and off-road. The club promotes the following events:
- Dixie Classic Criterium Series held at 6:00 p.m. on certain Tuesdays from March –June. Participants can get a racing license the day of the event in which they want to participate.
- The Brenner Pro-Am in September
- Multiple Cyclocross Events
For more details, contact Ken’s Bike Shop at (336) 724-9688 or check the Ken's Bike Shop website (opens in a new window).
Bike Shop Activities
The Winston-Salem area is fortunate to have a number of good bike shops offering a variety of products and services. Some offer regular rides and/or training events. Go to the Bike Shop Listing & to find more information.