May is Bike Month, and that means the next 30 days are chock-full of special biking activities in Davis, from Cycle de Mayo to Loopalooza, Downtown Bike ArtAbout to the fifth annual Tour de Cluck.
Such is the month of May in a town that’s bike-crazy to begin with.
The fun kicks off this weekend with multiple activities from which to choose.
First off, if you’re in need of a ride, Saturday features a UC Davis Bicycle Auction in The Pavilion parking structure on Hutchison Drive, with viewing starting at 8 a.m. and the auction getting underway at 9 a.m.
The auction will feature more than 400 abandoned and unclaimed bikes, including cruisers, mountain bikes, road bikes and even some kids’ bikes. All are sold as is and may be paid for with cash, check, Visa or Mastercard, with proper ID.
Saturday also brings Cycle de Mayo, a family-friendly bike ride benefiting the Center for Families. The ride begins at two locations: Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St., and Woodland High School, 21 N. West St. The route takes riders to the other high school and back with a central party location in between at Plainfield Station at County Roads 98 and 29. Cyclists who prefer a shorter ride can turn around at Plainfield Station rather than continuing on.
Participants of all ages are encouraged to show off their creativity by wearing costumes and decorating their bikes. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at both start locations with riders hitting the road between 8 and 9 a.m. Advance tickets also can be purchased at http://cycledemayo.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children over age 12. Those under age 12 are free.
For more information, contact Maria Contreras at 530-753-1125 or [email protected].
Those who aren’t too tired out from Cycle to Mayo can hit the Davis bike loop on Sunday for the fifth annual Loopalooza. Families are encouraged to ride the bike loop from any start point in either direction (see Tuesday’s Davis Enterprise for a map of the bike loop). Along the way, participants will find stations featuring everything from water and snacks to crafts and activities, bike safety checks and helmet fittings.
Sponsored by Davis Bicycles!, Loopalooza is intended to familiarize families with the bike loop and encourage use of the loop as a safe way to get to school. The loop provides safe and easy access to seven of the city’s nine elementary schools. Loopalooza runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
After familiarizing themselves with the bike loop, Davis students will be set for Wednesday’s national Bike to School Day. Children at all Davis schools are encouraged to ride their bikes to school. Prizes — including a root beer float party courtesy of Whole Foods — await students at schools with the highest percentage of students and staff biking to school on Wednesday.
For the adults in town, Thursday, May 8, provides yet another cycling activity: the Capital Bike Fest. Join fellow Davis residents for a leisurely group ride to Sacramento and either cycle back to Davis or take the train. Participating riders should meet at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at Third and B streets for a 9 a.m. departure to Sacramento.
Friday, May 9, meanwhile, brings a new twist to ArtAbout; this second Friday is Downtown Bike Art About. Meanwhile, Davis residents are encouraged to bike to church over the weekend during Bike to Worship Days.
Kids shouldn’t have all the fun, which is why Thursday, May 15, is Bike to Work Day, and Friday, May 16, features a screening of the movie “Singletrack High” at 6:30 p.m. at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Learn more about the movie at http://pedalbornpictures.com.
Saturday, May 17, brings the Davis Double Century ride, one of the oldest double centuries in California, in which riders pedal 200 miles in one day. To learn more or to register, visit http://davisbikeclub.org.
Then, recover and refresh at the Pints for Pedals fundraiser at Sudwerk Dock Store from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18. The event benefits Davis Bicycles!, a local advocacy group.
Wednesday, May 21, will bring the Ride of Silence, a silent bike ride to honor and remember those cyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public roadways. A nationwide event, the Ride of Silence will get underway in Davis at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., with cyclists gathering at 6:30 p.m. and departing at 7 p.m.
The 8-mile ride, conducted at speeds of under 12 miles per hour, will finish at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at Third and B streets in downtown Davis. Participants must wear helmets and are encouraged to use bike lights.
More information is available at http://www.rideofsilence.org.
Finally, the ever-popular Tour de Cluck returns for the fifth year in a row on Saturday, May 24. A fun, chicken-centric bike tour of chicken coops around town kicks off at Central Park at 9 a.m. Details and registration are at http://tourdecluck.org.
— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy