Bike to Work Week Party 2014

I hope everyone’s Bike to Work Week is going well. You really couldn’t ask for better weather here in Carson City for encouraging people to get out on their bikes. Last night we had 94 adults and 29 children signed in for our Westside Cruiser ride, and the miles and trips are really starting to rack up for the Bicycle Commuter Corporate Challenge. To say thank you for all your hard work, we’re going to throw you a street party!

End of BTWW Party
Bike to Work Week Party at the Firkin and Fox!

Join us this Friday night, May 16th, after work at the Firkin and Fox. The party will start ramping up after 5:00 PM on 3rd Street, where we will have live music from Notch 8, lots of raffle prizes including two Phat Cycles beach cruisers, bike themed games, helmet decorating for the kids, and plenty to eat and drink. We will also be announcing the winners of the Corporate Challenge!

BTWW Raffle Bikes
Win one these Phat Cycles cruisers!

In between music and giving out raffle prizes, we’ll have a few bike games. Slow Drags – a game everyone can get in on. It’s the opposite of a drag race. Last person across the line wins! If you stop, track-stand or put a foot down, you’re out of the race. We’ll also have a few riders doing a bike polo exhibition.

In addition to the cruiser bikes that Bike Habitat helped us acquire, we have a lot of other great raffle prizes and giveaways. More bike goodies from the Bike Habitat and Carson City Orthodontics, gift certificates from our awesome local businesses like Capitol Automotive, Adele’s, Sassafras, The Horseshoe Club, Agency 36, and the prizes keep rolling in! Raffle tickets will be 1 for $2, 6 for $10, and 15 for $20. You’ll also receive a raffle ticket with each High Sierra Brewing Company beer purchase at the party.

Bike Polo
Bicycle themed games! Slow Drags and a Bike Polo Exhibition.


Live music from Notch 8!

While this is a big party, it’s also Muscle Powered‘s biggest fund raiser of the year. Your beer and raffle ticket purchases at the party will go to benefit Muscle Powered. If you have enjoyed the Bike Month activities, please consider joining Muscle Powered. Your help is needed to make Carson City a more bike friendly community. Muscle Powered volunteers assist with these events, lead community rides and walks, work with city government to build better biking and walking infrastructure, and build recreational trails in our nearby open spaces.

What: Muscle Powered’s Bike to Work Week Party
Where: The Firkin and Fox, 310 S Carson Street, Carson City
When: Friday May, 16th
Time: Come over after work. Party will start ramping up after 5:00PM.
Activities: Live music, helmet painting for the kids, raffle prizes, bike games, food and drink.

Muscle Powered’s Westside Cruiser Ride

It’s time once again for Muscle Powered’s annual Westside Cruiser Ride! This event keeps growing each year, and with the weather forecast showing temperatures in the 80s on Wednesday, we hope to get the biggest turnout yet. This year’s ride will start and finish at the Brewery Arts Center at the corner of Minnesota and King Street. Signups for the ride begin at 6:00 PM, the ride starts rolling around 6:30 PM.

West Side Cruiser Ride
Decorate your bike. Wear a costume. Or just come as you are!

While this is called a “cruiser ride”, having a beach cruiser style bike is not required. Ride whatever you have. Cruising is more about the speed and attitude on this ride. We’ll be going nowhere fast, and having a good time doing it. The route is an easy 4.3 miles on quiet streets, making it a good ride for beginners and kids. Add some flair to your bike. Wear a costume. Or just come as you are. Bring your helmet and be ready to have fun.

Westside Cruiser Ride
Map of the Ride

The ride should finish up about a half hour before sundown, leaving most people time to ride home before it gets dark. Although the ride is officially over when we return to the Brewery Arts Center, the fun will continue downtown after the ride.

West Side Cruiser Ride
The bike parade heads out

What: Muscle Powered’s Westside Cruiser Ride
Where: Ride begins and ends at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W King St, Carson City.
When: Wednesday May, 14th
Time: Signups begin at 6:00PM, ride begins at 6:30PM
Bring: Any bike and your helmet. Friends and Family
Bonus: Possibility of live music outside at the Firkin and Fox after the ride.

Bike Month 2014

Bike Month 2014 starts in just a few days! Muscle Powered, in cooperation with city and state government and local businesses, have a fun month of activities planned to promote a bicycle friendly community in Carson City. Community bike rides, commuter challenges, informative bicycle clinics, movies, raffle prizes, parties and more await participants. Bike Month has been celebrated in Carson City for many years now not only to encourage more bicycling in Carson City, but also to educate cyclists and motorists alike on safety and the rules of the road. Here’s an overview of what’s coming up in May. Additional details and reminders for each event will be made throughout the month.

Bike to Work Week
Bike to Work Week is May 12th – May 16th

Sunday, May 4Tour of Carson City, a bike ride around Carson City at your pace for as many miles as you want, up to 30 Miles. Starts and ends at Bike Habitat, lunch follows the Ride. Starts at 9:00 am.

Monday, May 5 – Celebrity Ride, a short cruiser ride around West Carson, usually attended by the Mayor, Sheriff, Supervisors, and city department heads. Join us and be a Celebrity. Starts at Telegraph Square at 10:30 am.

Monday, May 5 – Ride for Reading. Volunteers deliver books to 4 elementary schools by bicycle on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting at noon. (Right after the celebrity ride on Monday, how convenient.) Volunteers needed, contact CBloomer@carson.org.

Ride for Reading
Ride for Reading

Wednesday, May 7 – National Bike to School Day. Encourages all school kids to ride their bikes to school. Parents are encouraged to ride with their children

Sunday, May 11 – Mother’s Day. Take Mom for a bike ride!

Monday, May 12 through Friday, May 16 - Bike to Work Week. Get out of your car and commute to work on your bike. Public agencies and private businesses can register with Muscle Powered and compete for valuable prizes for most miles, average miles per participant and number of trips. Sign up at MusclePowered.org.

Wednesday, May 14 – Cruiser Ride. A fun ride around Carson City’s historical west side. Polish the chrome and pump up the tires on that old bike; decorate it and yourself. Starts at Brewery Arts Center. Sign in at 6:00 pm,  ride starts at 6:30 pm.

Friday, May 16 – Bike to Work Day. Show your bike helmet to participating coffee shops for free coffee on your way to work.

Friday, May 16 – Bike to Work Week Party. At the Firkin & Fox after work. Revel with fellow bikers, enjoy a cold brew, listen to live music from Notch 8, and win valuable prizes, including a new bike.

Tuesday, May 20 – Movie Night. Watch an award winning bicycle movie at Plan:B inside the Sassafras Restaurant. Starts at 6:00 pm. Free admission, bike swag, and popcorn!

Share your Bike Month experiences across social media with hash tag: #bikeccnv

For more information follow Muscle Powered at MusclePowered.org and Facebook/Muscle Powered.

Tour of Carson City 2014

Please join Bike Habitat and Muscle Powered for the 7th Annual Tour of Carson City bicycle ride! May is Bike Month in Carson City, and we’ll be kicking off the festivities with this fun ride on Sunday, May 4th. Signups are at 9:00 AM, ride begins at 9:30 AM. The ride will begin and end at the Bike Habitat, and tour around the perimeter of Carson City for a moderately paced 27-30 mile bike ride.

Tour of Carson 2014

Get Bike Month off and rolling with Denis and Viola as they celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Bike Habitat. This is a free event, and lunch will be served for the riders back at the shop at the completion of the ride!

Donations and memberships are encouraged to support Muscle Powered of Carson City to promote a more bike friendly community.

Call Denis at the Shop for Information.

Bike Habitat
911 Topsy Lane (next to Best Buy)
Carson City, NV 89705
(775) 267-5053
bikehabitat.com

Women’s Clinic, Soulcycler and National Trails Day

We have a few events coming up that may interest you:

Women’s Bike Clinic
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You chicks on bikes! You know who you are–go to the May 23 Women’s Bike Clinic at Bike Habitat. Denis Coyne always organizes a great program. Go early, as it is usually a full house. Great tips for simple repairs. Get a little know how and more.
Bike Habitat – 911 Topsy Ln (next to Best Buy) 267-5053

Soulcycler
Then on Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Carson City, get ready to join writer-photographer-adventurer Rick Gunn for his 90-minute presentation “Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” ”Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet. See Bike Carson’s post HERE.
First United Methodist Church – 212 N Division St.

National Trails Day on the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail
Help Muscle Powered celebrate National Trails Day by building trail on the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail. Scheduled to be completed in 2014, this 7 mile multi-use trail will connect Ash and Kings Canyons, providing users with a scenic backcountry experience only minutes from downtown Carson City.

For registration and details click HERE.
toby, oli and ward

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country on Saturday, June 1, 2013, for the 21st annual celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. Over 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more! 

Upcoming Events

I hope everyone had a great time at Bike Habitat’s 6 Annual Tour of Carson!
From MP Board member Kelly Clark: “great Tour de Carson today, light rain did not seem to be a problem for the 60 or so riders who came out. I enjoyed it, especially the clean after rain smell. Awesome food, Denis Coyne and Bike Habitat folks did a great job putting it all together. A couple of renewals and new membersships came in at sign up–that is always good!”

TOC-2013
Post ride parking at the T.O.C.

May 6 — BIKE MOVIE @ Sassafras
Oops! Due to a slight scheduling snafu on our part the bike movie that one reviewer described as, “riveting as “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and as moving as “Eraserhead”, The Flying Scottsman will be postponed to another night (TBD). But that doesn’t mean you can’t jump on your bike and pedal down to Sassafras and watch “Into the Wild” with old and new friends. So come on down and see if you can spot a bike in the movie.
Where: Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 318 N. Carson St. When: 6:30 pm

May 7 — Celebrity RIDE
What started out as one supervisor riding a tandem around town with a bike advocate has grown into a large ride with elected officials, city staff, and other notables. This easy 1-hour loop builds advocacy and showcases Carson City’s bikeability.
Where: Telegraph Square When: 10:00 am. Please arrive early for a brief safety talk.
Gov's Mansion 2010
Our 2nd Celebrity Bike Ride – May 2010

May 13-17 — Corporate Challenge
It’s Bike Week! Gather a team of co-workers and compete against other businesses and agencies for the most commute miles ridden during the week. Click on the Corporate Challenge page above for rules and registration information.

If you get a chance drop by Artsy Fartsy , 220A W. Telegraph St, and check the bicycle and jewelry art. You will be amazed!
Rusted Ride- Angie Fluitt
Rusted Ride – Angie Fluitt $150

A portion of the proceeds from the bicycle art will be donated to Muscle Powered.

Get Ready for Bike Month

Sheriff Kenny and Muscle Powered advisor Lee Harter getting ready to ride - "Celebrity Ride" 2012

Sheriff Kenny and Muscle Powered advisor Lee Harter getting ready to ride – “Celebrity Ride” 2012

Next month is Bike Month and there are plenty of activities planned in Carson City. We kick off on April 24 with Nevada Moves Day at the State Legislature. Muscle Powered is organizing exhibits in the front foyer of the legislative building highlighting Nevada groups working for better walking and biking. Participants include the Reno Bike Project, Safe Routes to Schools, the Carson Valley Trails Association and more. Muscle Powered members will invite legislators on a one-hour walk from 7 to 8 am starting from the legislative building, highlighting complete and not-so-complete streets in downtown Carson City. Exhibits will be up all day long – this is a good opportunity to visit what everyone during the session calls simply “the building,” so come down and say hello.

Rides

Next up is Bike Habitat’s Tour de Carson on Sunday, May 5. This popular ride starts from Bike Habitat in the Topsy Lane shopping center, circles Carson City, then ends up back at Bike Habitat for a barbecue.

Jenny Scanland is leading Slow Spokes Rides every Wednesday at 5:15 pm through June. Contact Jenny at  jscanland@charter.net, 684 2787

Several years ago Jeff Potter picked up then-City Supervisor Shelly Aldean on his tandem and they rode to work together on the first day of Bike To Work Week. This has evolved into a  Celebrity Ride where community leaders are invited to join Muscle Powered members on a leisurely hour-long ride around Carson City’s west side. Last year we were joined by the mayor, the sheriff, and several City department heads. This year we have invited state officials as well, so we’ll see who shows up. The Celebrity Ride will be on Tuesday, May 7.

One of the most popular events of Bike Month, the Cruiser Ride, will take place on Wednesday, May 15. Ride your prettiest bike. Costumes – for both bikes and riders – are not mandatory but welcome.

Vietnam Veterans of America family bike ride will take place on Saturday May 18, just before the end-of-Bike-Week party.

Artists

Local Gallery Artsy Fartsy is hosting a tricycle yard art contest. The trikes will be decorated by local artists, and will be sold by silent auction. The gallery will also show bicycle-themed art throughout the month.

Bike to Work Week

Of course the whole purpose of Bike Month – besides to have fun, which is always important – is to encourage biking for transportation. Bike to Work Week is May 13-17. Bike to Work DAY is May 17. We are organizing another Corporate/Agency Challenge this year, so you can compete for most miles ridden during the week as an individual or team, and get your chance to hold on to our enormous Bike Trophy for a year. Contact Jeff Potter through this site if you want to take part. Jenny Scanland is hosting a Bike Commute Station in the state’s Bryan Building (901 S. Stewart St) on May 1,2, and 3 to share tips for bike commuting. There will be free coffee for bike commuters on Bike to Work Day May 17 at various locations – check here or on our Facebook page for details.

Parties and other events

The End-of-Bike-Week Party will be Saturday, May 18, 3-6 pm, on West Telegraph Street by Telegraph Square in downtown Carson City. There will be a raffle including 2 cruiser bikes, bands, food trucks, tricycle races, and more.

This isn’t all. Other events include a bike social at Tap Shack, a women’s bike clinic led by Muscle Powered board member Cortney Bloomer, a bike movie at Sassafras, potentially a showing of Rick Gunn’s popular Soul Cycler slide show and more. Check back for info as these events are lined up.

Rush to Washoe Walk and Bike Ride

$400 Million Dollars have been spent, and soon you will have a nice new bridge to walk or ride your bicycle across. But only for a few hours, so listen up!

Rush to Washoe! Run, Walk, or Bike the New I-580 Freeway. The public is invited to join the Nevada Department of Transportation in celebrating the soon to open I-580 Freeway, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Activities start at 7 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. with the opportunity to bike, walk, or run along the freeway, including the Galena Creek Bridge – the longest concrete cathedral arch bridge in the nation.

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The event will include informational displays at various locations along the freeway describing many design features as well as an opportunity for an up close look at some of the heavy equipment used during construction.

Bicyclists riding from Carson City and the Washoe Valley will have access to the freeway in the area of the new Bowers Mansion Interchange – signs will be posted and volunteers available to assist in directing bicycle traffic entering from the south end of the new freeway. Pedestrians will not be allowed onto the alignment from the south end – pedestrians must access via the Mt. Rose Highway.

Schedule of events:

  • 7:00 AM: Start of bicycle ride from the Mt. Rose Interchange to the Bowers Mansion Interchange (roundtrip)
  • 7:30 AM: 5K/10K “Fun Run”
  • 8:00 AM: Booths open and freeway open to general event traffic
  • 1:00 PM: Vehicle and pedestrian access areas at the north end of the freeway will be closed to incoming traffic.  Event areas close and remaining vehicle traffic will be directed to exit the freeway via the Bowers Mansion Interchange.

The $400 million project involves constructing nine bridges and an eight-and-a-half-mile freeway from the Mount Rose Highway in Reno to the north end of Washoe Valley.

Galena Creek Bridge - Photo from Wikipedia

The freeway will officially open to traffic in late July or early August. I don’t believe bikes will be allowed on this stretch of freeway, but the good news is that when much of the auto traffic is diverted to the new freeway, riding your bike through Pleasant Valley on the old road will be…well, pleasant!

More details (including entering by bike on the Reno side), rules, and safety tips for this event can be found here: http://www.freewayextension.com/I-580_2012JulyEvent_Details.pdf