May is National Bike Month, and in Wichita there are lots of events and resources to help you get out and enjoy it. Bike Month ICT has a list of events happening here in Wichita this month.
Most of these Bike Month events are free or very inexpensive, and – bonus! – you’ll definitely save on fuel as you pedal around town.
Bike Walk Wichita has a wealth of information on riding in town, including Bike Skills classes if you want to brush up on maintenance, riding in the city of Wichita, commuting by bicycle, or bike-riding basics.
Haven’t ridden in a while? No worries – it really is like riding a bike. But don’t miss the numerous classes and events this month that will help it all come back to you, like:
Bike Month Wichita Events
Pedal-Palooza Bike Month Kickoff at WAM, May 2, 6-8 p.m. Ride your wheels to the Wichita Art Museum and get free admission! They’ll have a cash bar and small bites available for purchase, then enjoy a sunset easy-roll bike ride through Riverside beginning at about 7:30 p.m. Free. More info
Bike Month Discount at Elderslie Farm On several datesbetween May 11 and May 31, ride your bike to Elderslie Farm in Valley Center and they’ll give you a FREE scone. Dates & Times:
- Fridays and Saturdays, May 11-31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Tuesdays through Thursdays, May 14-May 30 from 8-11 a.m.
Scholfield Honda Passport and Pedals Scholfield wants to show off how bike-friendly the Honda Passport is. They’ll be hosting a FREE customer appreciation event on May 16 from 3-7 p.m. with the Bicycle Pedaler, Bicycle Exchange, and Bike ICT. At the event, which is held at the east Wichita location, new and used bicycles will be for sale and you’ll get bike repair tips and how-tos, information on upcoming bike events in Wichita, see the different kinds of bike racks that are available, and of course check out the Honda Passport. They’ll also have a craft beer truck, food, and more. Family-friendly and adult-friendly event. Register in advance here at Eventbrite.
Bike to Work Day Breakfast Stations May 17, 6:30-9:30 a.m. Ride your bike to work and stop off at one of several Bike to Work Day breakfast stations for a FREE morning snack of Great Harvest Power Bars, fruit, water, and resources. Locations in east, downtown, south, and northwest Wichita, to name a few. At the Old Town location, Jajo marketing agency will host a large pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. More info
Bike to Work Lunch May 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Roll in to the Old Town Farmers Market Square for FREE sandwiches, chips, desert and water in celebration of Bike Month and Bike Share ICT’s second birthday. (While supplies last; first come, first served.) At 12:15 they’ll have the birthday celebration and special announcements. More info
Bicycle Festival at Sharon Baptist Church [The date and time changed! It’s now going to be on May 29, 6-8 p.m.] Bike Walk Wichita and SBC are teaming up for an event that will include safety demonstrations, bike decorating, light bicycle repair, helmet-fitting, youth bicycle giveaways, and more. Helmets are required for any riding during the festival. More info
Wichita by Bike Class May 25, 1-4 p.m. Learn about the best places to ride in this Bike Walk Wichita “Intro to Biking ICT” class. You’ll also get safe riding tips and bicycling resources in our city. After classroom instruction, you’ll practice your skills in the parking lot and then go for a ride together. Class is $15 and you need to pre-register. More info
So get out to the shed and dust your bike off or get to a store for a shiny new one and take a ride this month, whether that’s part of an organized activity or just around your own neighborhood.
(Wichita bike fact: It is legal to ride on the sidewalks here. Except, as Karen reminded me in the comments, in the Central Business District.)