Early May Announcements
May is Bike Month, and this Monday night, Davis Bicycles! and the Davis Bike Collective are hosting a City Council candidates’ forum on transportation issues. We invite everyone to come with questions for the candidates! Also on Sunday is our annual Bike Loopalooza event from 10am to 2pm! Tomorrow morning, the UC Davis Bike Auction. See details below!
May Is Bike Month!
If you ride your bicycle during the month of May, sign up and log your miles! The month includes many bicycling events in the Sacramento region listed on the May Is Bike Month website!
UC Davis Bike Auction
Saturday, May 5, 8am – 2pm
West Entry Parking Structure, UC Davis
Preview bikes from 8 to 9am. Auction starts at 9am. You can choose from hundreds of used and “fixer upper” bicycles that will go to the highest bidder. More information…
3rd Annual Bike Loopalooza
Sunday, May 6, 10am – 2pm
This family-oriented bike ride showcases the Davis Bike Loop’s proximity to schools. A few volunteers may still be needed. Please contact Christal Waters, email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering. This year’s event will have ten stations located on the bike loop between one-half and two miles apart. Families can check in at any of the stations to obtain a passport. After signing a liability waiver for adults and permission for children, families can ride however far along the loop they want, stopping at the stations to get the passport stamped and to participate in whatever activity is available at that station. Small prizes will be given for kids who have at least three passport stamps and the highly-valued certificate of completion will be given to each child who completes the full 12-mile circle.
Davis Bicycle Advisory Commission meeting
Monday, May 7, 5:30–7:30 pm
Community Chambers, 23 Russell Blvd.
BAC meetings offer residents the opportunity to voice any bike-related concerns to the city. You can view the meeting agenda on the BAC web page as the date of the meeting approaches.
City Council candidate transportation forum
Monday, May 7, 7:00–9:00 pm
Bike Forth, 1221 1/2 4th Street, Davis, CA
Sponsored by Davis Bicycles! and the Davis Bike Collective, this candidate forum is devoted entirely to transportation issues in Davis with a particular focus on bicycle-related issues, including questions from members of the audience. Also you may wish to read candidates’ written answers to eight questions that were sent out ahead of the forum, on the Davis Bicycles! website.
Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 9
This year’s inaugural national National Bike to School Day is supported by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Bike to School day events can include bicycle safety education, parent-led bike trains, and other bicycle-related education and encouragement activities. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about planned activities. We plan to list these on the Davis Bicycles! website (follow link to “2012 May Is Bike Month School Activites.”
Bike-a-Palooza! at Westlake Market
Saturday, May 12, 9am – 2pm
Parking lot at 1260 Lake Blvd., W. Davis
Show, Sell, Swap Bikes, Bike Parts & Bike Stuff. Dealers, Collectors, Mechanics, Clubs and Individuals Welcome! Free; no booth charge! Setup starts at 8am. Rain or shine; Westlake Market has a huge covered porch. The Market will have the BBQ fired up and the tri-tip, chicken and ribs will be on the grill.
Bike Picnic in the Park
Wednesday, May 16, 4:30 – 6:30pm
Davis Central Park, 3rd and C Streets
Ride your bicycle to Central Park during Picnic in the Park at the Davis Farmer’s Market for displays, info and giveaways by the Yolo Transportation Management Association (Yolo TMA), UC Davis Bike program and the City of Davis Bike Programs. (This event is scheduled instead of the traditional “Bike To Work Day” breakfast this year.)
Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 16, 7 pm
Meet at the Park and Ride on Road 32A, east of 2nd and Mace, near I-80
This is a ride is to honor those killed or injured while riding on public roadways, raise public awareness as well as encourage all to share the road. Ride length: 12 miles; helmets required. On conclusion of the ride, participants are invited to gather at Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery at 2001 2nd St in Davis. See complete ride description. Part of the 10th annual worldwide event.
Rovers needed for Tour de Cluck bicycle chicken coop crawl
Saturday, May 26, 10am – 3pm
Central Park, Davis Farmers Market and backyards throughout Davis
This egg-citing annual tour offers the chicken lovers and chicken curious among us the opportunity to visit a variety of our community’s chicken coops by bicycle. The event benefits Davis Farm To School’s work to support local food in a healthy school environment. If you would like to volunteer to be a bike rover, helping tour riders find the next coop, call Maria Tebbut at 753-1125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. … Event website
Additional May bicycling events are listed in the recent City of Davis press release.
We are looking for volunteers for the Davis Bicycles! table at the Farmers Market, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Come and participate in discussing bicycling and DB!’s efforts to promote it in Davis with neighbors and market visitors. If interested please send an email to email@example.com
Bike Fixit Stands just installed in downtown Davis!
The Davis Bike Club has funded the installation of “Fixit Stands” at 3rd and B Streets, at the Davis Amtrak station, and in downtown Winters. These stands include several bike tools to allow bicyclists to make minor repairs to their bikes. More information…
Federal transportation bill update
Next week, California’s own Senator Barbara Boxer will convene a special joint committee to try to negotiate the differences between the strong, bipartisan Senate transportation bill and a House bill that is not bicycle-friendly. The Senate bill would protect funds for transit, walking, and biking and ensure new roads are designed for all users, not just cars and trucks. But House leaders want to force a compromise by including divisive provisions, many of them unrelated to transportation. Things may get ugly and bike advocates hope to pursuade Senator Boxer to stand stronger than ever for a bill that supports transportation choices. Email the Senator now and tell her not to let the Senate bill get watered down.