May is National Bike Month and Provo is celebrating the many benefits of bicycling! Whether you bike to work or school, ride to save money or time, pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment, or simply to explore your community – we’ve got a month full of events and activities to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
Provo is a superb place to use a bike for everyday trips. We have an expanding and increasingly interconnected network of bicycle lanes and multi-use trails throughout the entire city and a vibrant bicycle culture. Let’s make Provo an even more bicycle-friendly community.
Check out the list of events below and mark your calendar for a month full of bicycling celebrations!
Provo Bike Challenge
Sunday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 31
When days are long – ride for fun, to work, any time you can! Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Provo was eligible to participate in the Provo Bike Challenge. This event is an easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues, and the Provo community to ride more. Participants are asked to record their daily/weekly miles ridden and points will be awarded throughout the challenge. Participate for a chance to win weekly prizes and giveaways. Those who finished at the top of their category (Organization, Female & Male) will be awarded at the end of the challenge and honored during Provo City’s Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 5. The top competitors will receive a Provo Bike Challenge 2016 trophy
Follow these steps to sign up and join the challenge.
Saturday, May 7 | 2:00 pm
Historic County Courthouse
This is a women’s only ride to empower women in the world and on bikes. Come make new friends and enjoy a slow paced 5 mile ride around Provo. We encourage all ages and skill levels. The ride will end at Joaquin Park (400 E 400 N) where the Provo Bicycle Collective will provide snacks.
Monday Night Ride
Every Monday in May | 9:00 pm
Joaquin Park (400 E 400 N)
Meet new friends during this leisurely, low-pressure evening ride. For more information follow the Event Facebook Group.
Bike to Work Day
Tuesday, May 10 | 7:30-9:00 am
Breakfast Stations hosted by employers, large & small, across the city
If you have been looking for a good reason to park your car and take your bike to work – this is it. Provo businesses will host stations located throughout the city and hand out free breakfast, drinks, and other treats to people who arrive by bike from 7:30 – 9:00 am. Pick up some breakfast and coffee, get to know your fellow commuters, have your bike looked at by a pro mechanic, and connect with the Provo Bike Committee and other community volunteers. It’s part celebration, part encouragement, part public display of solidarity, and 100% fun and family friendly.
Check out the map below and start planning your route to work for Bike to Work Day. Get ready to pedal to a breakfast station near you!
For more information visit the Event Facebook Page.
Wednesday, May 11 | 7:00 pm
Provo Bicycle Collective (49 N 1100 W, #2)
Make sure to bring your bike and a blanket as well as your favorite movie snack. We’ll be watching “Bikes vs. Cars”, a documentary about cycling as a form of transportation in modern cities. For more information, follow the Bike Collective Facebook Group.
Friday the 13th Ghost Ride
Friday, May 13 | 9:30 pm
Joaquin Park (400 E 400 N)
Provo Cycling Ghost Tours will be holding a special, one-night-only tour on Friday the Thirteenth in honor of Provo Bike Month. Unlike previous tours, this one will be free of charge. Come for a leisurely night time ride and discover all of Provo City’s ghost stories, haunted houses and local folklore. Both the believer and the skeptic will enjoy this eerie tour, but we are pretty sure you will be believing once you’re done. For more information visit the Event Facebook Page.
*Don’t forget you can enjoy the spooky side of Provo year round by downloading the Provo Ghost Tours app! https://appsto.re/us/aTUG9.i
Uphill Cycling Series
Saturday, May 14 | Registration at 8:30 a.m., Ride starts at 9:00 a.m.
Utah Lake State Park
Utah County Bicycling is hosting a free timed bike ride on the Provo River Trail as part of the Uphill Cycling Series. The course starts at the trail head near Utah Lake State Park and goes all the way to the end at Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. There are various distance options to accommodate all cyclists no matter what skill or fitness level they have. Prizes for every participant and division winners!
Worldwide Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 18 | Meet @ 6:30 pm, Ride starts @ 7:00 pm
Dixon Middle School (750 W 200 N)
Join the Provo chapter of the Worldwide Ride of Silence on May 18th to ride to the brand new Ghost Bike Memorial for Douglas Crow, who was struck and killed by an SUV on February 15th, 2013.
We will begin at Dixon Middle School and go for a short, slow, silent ride to the Ghost Bike Memorial located at the location of Crow’s accident at the railroad crossing at 700 West 600 South. We will then ride back to Dixon Middle School where we will have light refreshments.
More information on the Event Facebook Page.
Bikes & Trikes Festival
Saturday, May 28 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Memorial Park (800 E Center Street)
Grab your family, friends, and neighbors and pedal on over to Memorial Park on May 28th from 10am-12pm. Bring your bikes, trikes and training wheels for some fun cycling festivities your whole family will enjoy!
- A fun bike ride with the Mayor
- Bike Safety booths
- Chalk the block
- Bounce houses
- Madsen Bucket Bike Giveaway
- And more!
More information on the Event Facebook Page.1