2015 National Bike Month Free Events by My City Bikes in Portland | Group Rides, Community Events, Repair Workshops

From press release:
My City Bikes
May 2015
More info: mycitybikes.org/oregon.html

Biking is necessary for Portland’s health.

A quarter of Portland residents are obese and another 34% are dangerously overweight.
Biking is a low-impact activity that nearly everyone can do regardless of their current fitness level to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death in Oregon.
Biking just 20 miles a week has been proven to cut the risk of coronary heart disease in half.

More than 1 in 10 adults in Portland are physically inactive.
Regular biking eases many of the issues that come with physical inactivity, including reducing joint pain and increasing muscle tone that can actually add years to your life.

May is National Bike Month and National Bike to Work Week is May 11-15. There are many local opportunities to learn more about biking and get out for a ride in good company. National Bike Month events in Portland, include:

GROUP BIKE RIDES
Family Ride to the Tram: Bike, Walk, and Fly on Sunday, May 17 at 12:15pm
Splendid Cycles, 407 SE Ivon St.(corner of 4th Ave, near OMSI)
Bike, walk and fly on this kid-friendly route to the Gibbs Pedestrian Bridge and Portland Aerial Tram. Free ride on the Tram included! More info athttps://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/44298#mayride

Slow Poke Ride on Saturday, May 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Tri-Met Park & Ride NE 96th and Sandy Blvd.
This ride cruises along at an easy 10-12 mph pace to Madrona Hill Cafe through the North Portland neighborhoods with a few short stops along the way for a total of 25 miles. More information at http://pwtc.com/node/2959.

Weekly Adventure Ride on Sundays at 9am
River City Bicycles parking lot 706, SE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland
Explore Portland on this fun intermediate road ride. This group ride for experienced riders will roll rain or shine. Leaves from River City parking lot at 9am sharp. We’ll ride for about 2 ½ or 3 hours, for about 30 – 40 miles, with 2000 – 4000 feet of climbing. Fenders are recommended and helmets are required. More info athttp://rivercitybicycles.com/rides-and-events/muddy-fenders-sunday-adventure-ride/.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
Portland Employers Bike Summit on Friday, May 15 from 1pm – 5pm
Network and learn how Metro-area employers are supporting biking to work. More info at https://btaoregon.org/calendar/.

Wrench on Bikes on Saturday, May 16 from 10am – 2pm
Parks Building, 920 NE 21st Ave, Portland OR
If you’ve got bike maintenance know-how join Bicycle Transportation Alliance to help maintain the fleet of kids bikes they use to teach Portland’s 4th and 5th graders how to bike safely. More info at https://btaoregon.org/calendar/.

Low-Car Living Seminar on Tuesday, May 19 or Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30pm
Portland is a great city to live in, especially if you don’t want to spend your time in traffic. We’ll cover maps, apps, and online tools for using transit, car-sharing and biking, so you can have more time, more money and fewer car-ownership headaches. Pre-registration is required by contacting Jeff Smith at[email protected] or 503-823-7083.

Legal Clinic on Wednesday, May 20 from 6pm – 7pm
Bicycle Transportation Alliance, 618 Northwest Glisan Street, Suite 401, Portland, OR
Get your questions about Oregon Bike Law answered by bicycle lawyer Ray Thomas. More info at https://btaoregon.org/calendar/.

Free Bike Maintenance Class on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30pm – 6:30 pm
River City Bicycles Main Store, 706 SE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland
Learn to wrench from the pros. Participants will be taught how to fix flat tires and make other basic mechanical adjustments to their bicycle. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required. More info at http://rivercitybicycles.com/rides-and-events/free-weekly-bike-maintenance-class/.

For those who just want to get out and go for a ride, the free Portland Bikes app is a guide to all the area’s beginner-level riding and need-to-know safety and DIY maintenance tips. Portland Bikes can be downloaded for Apple and Android at http://mycitybikes.org/oregon.

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