May is Bike Month. Next week (May 16-22) is Bike to Work Week. And next Friday, May 21 is Bike to Work Day.
What does that mean? It’s time to air up the tires on Ol’ Miranda (that’s your bike’s name) for some bicycle riding.
The festivities kick off Saturday, May 15 when Mayor Lioneld Jordan will declare May 16-22 Bike To Work Week on the steps of the Fayetteville Public Library. A family-friendly ride down Scull Creek trail featuring “bicycle tunes” by Dan Dean will follow the mayor’s proclamation.
The Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks has also issued a Bike to Work Week commuter challenge for local businesses. They’re asking businesses to pick one day during Bike To Work Week and convince as many of their employees to participate as possible. The business with the highest percentage of participation will win.
Finally, there’s a happy hour bike ride at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 17 starting on the Fayetteville Square and finishing at Mellow Mushroom for some sweet drink specials.
Also, according to City Chief of Staff Don Marr, the trail lights will be lit all night next week.
“The lights will be back on for Bike to Work Week, and we’ll see what the March (sales tax) numbers look like when they come out on the 23rd,” Marr said. “If things are looking better, we hope to keep them on (for longer than just next week).”
For more on Bike to Work Week, visit bconwa.com.