City of Raleigh to Celebrate National Bike Month

News posted Apr. 27, 2018 - 3:30 pm
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With warm weather and blue skies, the month of May in Raleigh has always been a fine time to enjoy the outdoors. And with May being National Bike Month, there is hardly a better time to enjoy the benefits of riding your bike. Whether it is to get to work or to school, to save money on gas, physical fitness, or to simply explore your community, there are ample opportunities for bike riders throughout Raleigh in the month of May.

BikeRaleigh Pep Rally
Wednesday, May 9, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Crank Arm

Hip hip hooray for the City of Spokes becoming safer and more comfortable for people on bikes! Hear about all the work the City of Raleigh has been doing to make the city more bikeable, and get a sneak peek at what's in store for 2018 and 2019! Then stick around for Oaks & Spokes' Light Up the Night Ride, which will be an illuminating spectacle on bikes. BikeRaleigh site.

Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 9

National Bike to School Day is held annually at schools and communities across the country. Bike to School Day events are a fun way to bring communities together to promote bicycle safety and encourage physical activity for elementary and middle school students. Visit walkbiketoschool.org to participate in a school near you!

Capital City Bike Ride
Friday, May 11, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Raleigh Union Station Plaza

The Capital City Bike Ride is our signature kickoff event for Bike Month! Join city staff, elected officials, and fellow Raleighites for a casual morning ride through downtown Raleigh. This year we will be highlighting Raleigh Union Station and Dorothea Dix Park. After the ride, stick around for a private tour of the new Raleigh Union Station. Stay tuned for a registration link. Tentative route.

Oaks & Spokes Festival
Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 13

Raleigh's bicycling non-profit and advocacy group, is holding their sixth annual festival which celebrates the growing community of people who bike in Raleigh. This year the festival will be split up over two weekends. Check out the Oaks & Spokes Festival site for more information.

Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Start in Dorothea Dix Park (Barbour Street)

The Ride of Silence is a silent bike ride to honor those who have been injured or killed while bicycling on public roads. The ride aims to raise awareness that bicyclists have a legal right to use public streets. Parking is available at the start/finish area. Ride will be 5 miles, slow pace, through Dix Park, NC State Centennial Campus, and a portion along greenways. Ride of Silence site.

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops
Friday, May 18, Various times and locations all across Raleigh

Biking can be a fun, healthy, and scenic way to get to work. Try it for the first time or the hundredth time on National Bike to Work Day, May 18th! Check out the map below to find out which pit stops are along your commute. Interested in hosting your own pit stop? View the Bike to Work Day toolkit, and register your pit stop. Email us if you have any additional questions! Map of the Bike to Work Day Pit Stops.

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops
Friday, May 19, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Various Locations

Biking can be a fun, healthy, and scenic way to get to work. Try it for the first time or the hundredth time on National Bike to Work Day, and stop by one of our pit stops for goodies! View a map of all four pit stops on the BikeRaleigh site.

Raleigh History Tour
Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - City of Raleigh Museum

What better way to learn about the history of Raleigh than on a bike? Hear from the City of Raleigh Museum's Director on this ride. Register on our ParkLink site by searching for #225307.

Neon Art Ride
Join a group of bicyclists in downtown Raleigh to ride to the "Light the Woods with Sound" show in Dorothea Dix Park. Bike lights, glow sticks, and zip ties will be available for participants, but please feel free to bedazzle your bike with lights beforehand! Tenative route.

For more information, contact

  • Deja Smith, Bicycle and Pedestrian Outreach Coordinator, 919-996-2157
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