CMWC 2014 is happening right now in Mexico City, with some great images surfacing as the events unfold. Pretty into this Flickr set from Juan Jose Mesa Sanchez, with more to appear as the weekend continues.
Tallinn Bicycle Week and Tour d’ÖÖ group rides are activities brought to life by a circle of bicycle aficionados in order to bring different bike lovers together,
grow “the pack” of cyclists on the streets of Tallinn and other Estonian cities and to celebrate the bicycle as one of the greatest thought and action inspiring mechanisms ever invented. This is the fourth year, still completely independently run and financed at a grassroots level.
It’s National Bike To Work Day, and although for most of us that means free bagels instead of a unique trip into work, it’s still something to celebrate. And as evidenced by this article on USA Today, biking to work has increased by 60% in the past decade. Admittedly, we still only account for less than 1% of all commuting forms, but give it time, and maybe a touch more climate change, and we’ll probably start to tip the scales.
During the years 2008-12, about 786,000 Americans commuted by bicycle, up from about 488,000 in 2000, the Census says. That jump is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.
The inaugural FietsFest will take place on May 24th in Rotterdam, a new, one day, cultural festival celebrating Dutch cycling culture in word, image and sound. Sounds like an event not to be missed if you are in that part of the world come late May, see more about the schedule and exhibition at www.fietsfest.nl
Cycling events and beer drinking almost seem to be inseparable, but yoga and beer drinking? Regardless, Indianapolis craft brewery, Sun King, is hosting an event titled, Yoga and Beer for Bikes. The event consists of donation-only yoga classes held inside their brewery with beer tastings held afterwards. It’s an event open to all types, of course, and you can expect a traditional yoga class, but without the calm, quiet atmosphere. The canning machines will be humming, clanking and banging in the background as you downward dog your way to the beers available after.
Cycling fits into this mix as the class payments go to Nine 13 Sports, an organization that introduces young kids to bikes in order to promote health, wellness and exercise.
The next class is on May 13th and you can register here. Future benders (pun intended) take place every two months. It’s a popular event, so register early.
In February of 2013 Damian Kevitt was hit and dragged by a car before being dislodged on the 5 Freeway on-ramp. This Sunday Damian will finish that ride. Join him at Finish the Ride and support safer streets in Los Angeles. Find out more about the ride and how to be a part of the movement at FinishtheRide.com.
NYC is hosting their very own Hand-made bike show titled, Bike Cult, on August 16th and 17th at the Knockdown Center. This is the show’s second year. Bike Cult boasts a true “show”, without awards or prizes for builders, just the best of their creations for you to drool over. There will also be bicycle-related non-profits, music, food trucks, and all sorts of other events going down over the weekend.
“Our mission is to showcase the industry of small-scale hand- and machine-made bicycle products to promote the pedal-powered tools of sport, transport & recreation that transcend ordinary throw-away consumer products and to revitalize people and places with one of the world’s best inventions.”
Show specifics are as follows:
Bike Cult Show
2nd Annual Hand-Built Bicycle Show in NYC
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens, NY 11378
Saturday, August 16, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 17, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
General admission, $10 per day, Children under 14 free.
Longtime Urban Velo supporter Iron City Bikes is celebrating the grand opening of their second location with a serious party. We’re talking free beer, food, giveaways and live performances by 10 time national trials champion Mike Steidley.
If you’re in Pittsburgh on April 27th, stop by anytime from 10 am until 8 pm. Visit www.ironcitybikes.com for more.
Kaleidospoke is back for a fourth year. This Santa Fe, NM bicycle festival is coming up on May 16-18 at Railyard Plaza with bicycle art, rides, parties and fun going on throughout the three days. Check www.thekaleidospoke.com for more information.