**Update- Because of the Coronavirus pandemic we are changing how we celebrate May is Bike Month. We encourage people to get out and ride for fun and exercise (with safe healthy distancing) as well as for essential errands and trips. Though we won’t hold any in-person speakers and events we are planning a fun lineup of on-line community events and gatherings that we hope you’ll join us for. Stay tuned for updates on events, gatherings, and resources for getting out and riding throughout May!**
A month of rides, events, classes, and fun, all centered around biking. #WeBikeLane
Gear up for May is Bike Month! It’s a good time for returning riders to roll those steads out of the garage and for everyone who rides bikes to celebrate together.
Nationally celebrated since 1956, May is Bike Month has been celebrated in Eugene and Springfield since 2014. Bike Month showcases the many benefits of biking and encourages more folks to give it a try. Don’t have a bike? PeaceHealth Rides bike share is a great option!
May is (Still) Bike Month Events
Get ready for a month filled with virtual and socially distanced biking activities! Here are the highlights, don’t miss out on these great events. Download a PDF version of this list here. (This list will be updated as more events are scheduled.)
31 Rides in May– Brought to you by GEARs! While bicycling is still considered safe and immune boosting, we still can’t ride together during this pandemic. GEARs has put together a list of 31 different rides for May is Bike Month for varying abilities and preferences. All rides listed have maps, a short description and printable cue sheets to guide you. Ride information here.
Bike Art Competition!– Eugene Recreation is hosting a fun art competition for all ages. Submit your masterpiece for a chance to win prizes (based on age group). Submissions are due May 27th (more information here).
Bike Bear Hunt– Take your family on a bike scavenger hunt throughout your neighborhood. Across the country stuffed animals are being displayed in windows. Plan a fun route and count all the different animals you see (alive or stuffed)! For more details, see Eugene Recreation’s instructions here.
Mural Tour– Explore the beautiful murals of Eugene and Springfield! This family-friendly ride has an I Spy component, and you can pick the length of your route! Below are the PDFs of the mural instructions. More information can be found here.
Mechanical Mondays– Eugene River House Outdoor Center is partnering with local bike shops to post weekly bike maintenance videos! Check them out here.
Transportation Talk Tuesdays– The City of Eugene Transportation team is hosting livestreams every Tuesday in May focusing on active and sustainable transportation. Each event will have local guest speakers, surprise guests, a live Q&A with viewers, and social time. We will cover the topics of family biking, bike education, and bike share (we also hope to be able to hold one event en español). All events will be available on the City of Eugene Transportation YouTube channel, with detailed event content information on our Facebook page.
#WFHWednesdays– Tune in to the Point2point Facebook and Instagram pages to see and share the furry friends that have become our ‘coworkers’ during quarantine (see the first post here).
Friday FunTimes– In conjunction with the Transportation Talk Tuesday events, we will also be hosting Friday livestreams with a fun, bike-related focus. Each event will have local guest speakers, surprise guests, a live Q&A with viewers, and social time. We will have a local bike business social, a discussion of local transportation policies and plans, and a ‘flashback Friday’ where we look into Eugene’s bicycle-related history. All events will be available on the City of Eugene Transportation YouTube channel, with detailed event content information on our Facebook page.
#KnowYourNeighborhood- Point2point @ LTD has created this hashtag to showcase the beautiful neighborhoods of Eugene. If you have a picture or story from your neighborhood, or if you’ve discovered something new and fun since quarantine, please share! See the first post here.
McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway– Recently plowed and closed to car traffic until June, this unique route is open to people who hike and bike (more information here).
Bundled Bike Maintenance classes– The Campbell Community Center is hosting a bundle of virtual bike maintenance classes on varying topics including Before-you-Ride Checks, Adjusting your Helmet, and Adjusting your Seat Height. To register, contact Tom Powers at TPowers@eugene-or.gov.
Put these events in your calendar!
May 29th– Friday Funtime: Flashback Friday. Join us as we dig into some of the history of bike culture in Eugene. By looking back at where we’ve been we can more clearly see where we’re headed. From early settlers, black community member displacement, a fun-filled Knickerbocker history, the high times of the Bike Bill, anarchy in the 90’s and more we’ll learn about the rich history behind some of Eugene’s interesting cycling history. All events in this series will be available on the City of Eugene Transportation YouTube channel, with detailed event content information on our Facebook page.
Early June: Martes de Transportación.
***UPDATE: We will be postponing this livestream event until June in order to provide the best content and information for our Spanish community. This event will be updated when a date has been chosen.***
Únase a nosotros mientras hablamos de bicicletas y transporte en Eugene. Más información pronto… All events in this series will be available on the City of Eugene Transportation YouTube channel, with detailed event content information on our Facebook page.
May 4th– City of Springfield Mayor’s Proclamation that May is (Still) Bike Month (7 pm) at virtual City Council meeting. More information here.
May 4th to 8th– Check out Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School Facebook page for daily ideas for kids activities related to walking and biking to school. Safely celebrate Bike to School Day on May 8th!
May 5th– Transportation Talk Tuesdays: Bike Share w/ Lindsey Hayward. For our first event in the series we are talking bike share with Lindsey Hayward, General Manager of PeaceHealth Rides as well as a surprise guest. Join us on a livestream to learn about transportation in Eugene, ask questions and win prizes. All events in this series will be available on the City of Eugene Transportation YouTube channel, with detailed event content information on our Facebook page.
May 8th– MOTHERLOAD film screening & director Q&A! To kick off May is Still Bike Month, we will be hosting the screening of Liz Canning’s amazing documentary on cargo bikes. Prepare your questions because Liz will be joining us for a Q&A after the film (register for free access to this event here, see our Facebook event for more details).
May 11th– National Eat What You Want Day (w/ Campbell Community Center). This is a ‘holiday’ worth celebrating! To celebrate National Eat What You Want Day, we’re asking you to bike to the store or take-out restaurant to do your shopping. When choosing where you are going, remember those locally owned businesses that need your help. Also, make a point to make it a fun ride. Share your ride on the Campbell Community Center Facebook page!
May 12th – Transportation Talk Tuesdays: Family Biking. This livestream event will focus on the daily experiences of families who bike. Our guests are Safe Routes to School coordinators Sarah Mazze (Eugene) and Laughton Elliott-DeAngelis (Springfield) who will share their wisdom and perspective with us. Please tune in to ask questions, learn about how to transport you and your family by bike, and win prizes! All events in this series will be available on the City of Eugene Transportation YouTube channel, with detailed event content information on our Facebook page.
May 14th, 5:30-7:30pm- Active Transportation Committee Meeting. Join via Zoom. More information here.
May 15th – Funtime Fridays: Wonk Talk. This event will focus on the transportation planning landscape in Eugene! Our guests are City of Eugene Transportation Planning Manager Rob Inerfeld, Executive Director of BEST Rob Zako, and Professor of Planning, Public Policy, and Management Rebecca Lewis. Please tune in to ask questions, win prizes, and learn about interesting acronyms like TSP, TDM, TO, MPO, PBM, as well as local transportation advocacy! All events in this series will be available on the City of Eugene Transportation YouTube channel, with detailed event content information on our Facebook page.
May 18th to 22nd– virtual Walk & Roll to School (or Anywhere) Week with Safe Routes to School! Participate with your family to earn prizes and enjoy fun and healthy activities. (More information here).
May 19th– Transportation Talk Tuesdays: Smart Cycling- Bike Education. This event will focus on bike education tips, tricks, and treats! Our guests will be Zane Wheeler, River House Recreation Program Assistant and other bike education extraordinaire professionals. Please tune in to ask questions, learn about how to teach the joys of biking, and win prizes! All events in this series will be available on the City of Eugene Transportation YouTube channel, with detailed event content information on our Facebook page.
May 20th– Ride of Silence will still happen this year, but participants are asked to ride individually or with those they are quarantining with. This ride honors bicyclists killed by motorists, promotes sharing the road, and provides awareness of bicycling safety. More information is available here.
May 22nd – Friday Funtime: Local Bike Businesses Social! This event is all about local bike shops and bike industries. Our guests will be local bike business owners. Tune in to ask questions, learn how to support our local bike businesses, and win prizes! All events in this series will be available on the City of Eugene Transportation YouTube channel, with detailed event content information on our Facebook page.