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.

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Muscle Powered NEWS

Muscle Powered was BUSY last week! Here’s a look at what went on.

Bike to Work Week

Read the 2010 Bike to Work Week Wrap up over on BikeCarson.com. Many people showed up for our events throughout the week in spite of the crummy weather!

West Carson Cruiser Ride
West Carson Cruiser Ride

Carson City Corporate Commuter Challenge

The driving force behind Bike to Work Week is the Corporate Commuter Challenge. This year, Carson City cyclists completed 987 trips by bike and logged in 3,234.26 miles! Big change happens from many people doing little things.

Read about Tammy Steele’s solo victory in the Nevada Appeal: Carson woman cruises to victory in Bike to Work challenge.

Also check out the complete 2010 Corporate Challenge results over on BikeCarson.com.

Bike to Work Week Party
The Bike Smith stripped Red Rock Dental of their title.

Bicycle Friendly Community

On May 20th, Muscle Powered’s Dan Allison went before the Carson City Board of Supervisors and gave them our Bicycle Friendly Community presentation.  In the end, the Board voted to sign the action plan to become a BFC, and had many good things to say about Muscle Powered’s efforts in our community!  Here is the recent press from the Nevada Appeal:

Muscle Powered receives the “Silver Dollar” award from the Nevada Appeal!

Silver dollar: To Muscle Powered, a local group dedicated to increasing biking and walking in Carson City. They received support from the Board of Supervisors to make a formal application to the League of American Bicyclists for Carson City to receive an official designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community. This is one of several movements afoot that could bring positive attention and tourist dollars to Carson City, along with the V&T Railroad and the new whitewater launch on the Carson River. Geotourism holds tremendous potential for Carson City, and it will be exciting to watch the progress our community makes in creating a world-class destination for outdoor enthusiasts and train buffs alike.

Also in the Nevada Appeal: Carson eyeing two-wheeled tourists

Muscle Powered Ride

Sat, May 29, 10:00am – 12:30pm

Paul will be leading a Muscle Powered road ride this weekend, starting at Bower’s Mansion parking lot and riding 21 miles around Washoe lake. Short snack break half way through in Washoe City at the Postal Cafe or 7-11. For those looking for a longer ride, there is an additional loop that adds 12 miles to the ride. Email me for more details. Weather permitting and helmet required! Hope to see you there! -Paul pzatarain9th@yahoo.com

Bike to Work

Bike Carson has posted the first of many entries on Bike to Work Month / Week / Day, including the poster and a calendar of events planned. The first event is tomorrow night, a (Almost) Full Moon Mountain Bike ride.

So that we don’t have to maintain pages and other resources in two places, the main content for Bike to Work will be hosted on Bike Carson. Check the Bike Month 2010 and Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge 2010 tabs. The Google calendar is already a shared resource between Muscle Powered and Bike Carson, so you’ll see the same entries from either location. There will still be some posts on Bike to Work here on the Muscle Powered blog, but Bike Carson will really be hopping.

Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge

Proving they are the corporation to beat, Lumos and Associates have taken 1st place in the Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge(mid size business category). Their best day had a whopping 36% of employees riding a bicycle to work, and total milage for the week was 395. OUTSTANDING!

Second place goes to Resource Concepts Inc., who gave Lumos a good run. Midweek however, an RCI employee had other things to take care of. JoAnne Robben gave birth to a new baby boy. Congratulations JoAnne!

Redrock Family Dental has set the bar for future corporate challenges by taking 1st place in the small business category. Redrock’s best day had a terrific 43% of employees riding a bicycle or walking to work. Their total milage was 55.74.
Very impressive!

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated in the Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge.

We’re still waiting to hear from some of our corporate challengers before we publish all of the results.