City of Raleigh to Celebrate National Bike Month
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.
Bike Month at the Downtown Farmer's Market
Wednesdays, April 19 to May 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - City Plaza
Ride to the Downtown Farmer's Market to celebrate Bike Month! Stop by the CommuteSmartRaleigh table for bike maps and information about Bike Month events.
Oaks & Spokes Festival
Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 14
Oaks & Spokes, Raleigh’s bicycling non-profit group, is holding their fifth annual festival which celebrates the growing community of people who bike in Raleigh. This year’s Oaks & Spokes Festival will include a Light Up the Night Ride, a fashion show on bikes, and a bicycle tour of Raleigh’s murals.
Capital City Bike Ride (rescheduled for May 26 due to May 5 thunderstorms)
Friday, May 26 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Start in Dorothea Dix Park (18 Hunt Dr) and finish at the State Capitol
Ride and mingle with government officials, City employees, and other Raleighites! This year’s ride will start in Dorothea Dix Park, travel along low-stress streets and greenways, and finish at the State Capitol building where light refreshments will be served. More information and registration are available at
Marbles Bike Rodeo
Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Hargett Street at Moore Square
Bring your kids to a bike rodeo hosted by the Marbles Kids Museum and Raleigh Police Department. Bike rodeos are a great way for young bicyclists to learn to ride safely in a fun environment. Bikes will be provided or bring your own! All ages and abilities are welcome.
Bike MS Bike Month Kick-Off
Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Anderson Point Park (Small Shelter)
Join Bike MS and other bicycling partners for a group greenway ride with two route options and a picnic afterward. Bring your friends and family for a fun day to celebrate Bike Month and learn more about Bike MS rides! www.bikeMScarolinas.org
Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 10
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!
Bike/Walk/Bus Listening Session
Tuesday, May 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Chavis Community Center (Media Center)
Raleigh’s Department of Transportation is interested in hearing about what matters most to residents in southeast Raleigh who bike, walk, or take the bus. Talk to transportation staff about your ideas for improvements, and hear about the City’s ongoing and upcoming work.
Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 17, 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 the awareness that bicyclists have a legal right to use public streets.
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 at www.bikeraleigh.org.
Dorothea Dix Park Ride
Saturday, May 20 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Start at Eliza Pool Park
Celebrate National Bike Month with a bike ride led by Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources staff! Explore Raleigh’s greenways and take in the sights and sounds of beautiful Dorothea Dix Park.
For more information, contact
- Trung Vo, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Department of City Planning, 919-996-2476