Raleigh celebrates National Bike Month with various events

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – To commemorate National Bike Month, the city of Raleigh is hosting events throughout May to promote and encourage bicycling.

The Capital City Bike Ride will take place Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., beginning at John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and ending at the State Capitol. The ride is about 5 miles long and will use both greenways and streets to meander to the finish at the State Capitol.

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson will be the featured kick-off speaker prior to the start of the ride. Lisa Riegel, executive director of BikeWalk NC, will speak at the end of the ride.

Pre-registration is encouraged to participate in the Capital City Bike Ride. To pre-register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/capital-city-bike-ride-tickets-23237316439.

In addition to the Capital City Bike Ride, the City of Raleigh — along with North Carolina State University and GoTriangle — is hosting four Bike to Work Day pit stops on Friday, May 20, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The stops are at:

  • REI at North Hills, located at 4291 The Circle at North Hills Street at the Six Forks Road entrance to North Hills;
  • N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center Globe at West Jones and North Salisbury streets in Downtown Raleigh;
  • Crabtree Creek Trail on Crabtree Valley Avenue by the McDonald’s behind Crabtree Valley Mall; and
    N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus, 900 Main Campus Drive.

Each pit stop location will provide light refreshments and bicycle promotional items.

The City of Raleigh also is hosting a BikeRaleigh forum on Wednesday, May 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the City of Raleigh Museum, located at 220 Fayetteville St. City staff will give updates on planned programs and improvements that help Raleigh move closer to the next level of designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Additionally to commemorate National Bike Month, the City is partnering with Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity Magnet Elementary School on Wednesday, May 4, for Bike to School Day.

For more information on local National Bike Month events, visit http://bikeraleigh.org/home/index.php/events/.

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