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Busy bike month of activities in May in Wichita

Riverfest cyclists travel on McLean Boulevard as they attempt to break a Guinness World Record for a moving line of bicycles in 2014.
Riverfest cyclists travel on McLean Boulevard as they attempt to break a Guinness World Record for a moving line of bicycles in 2014. File photo

It’s bike month in May, and Wichita is celebrating with many events lined up for the next four weeks.

Bike Walk Wichita and the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita, along with other community groups, organize the calendar each year.

“This is the most activities we’ve ever had,” said Becky Tuttle of the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita.

“Looking at the calendar, there’s activities and events from the novice all the way up to people who ride a bike every day.”

The events are sponsored by several local companies and nonprofits. Spirit AeroSystems is listed as the presenting sponsor.

For a bike month events calendar, visit http://bikemonthwichita.org/ events/2016-05/. That site contains ride directions and contact information for each bike ride.

Check back on that site during May, because groups will continue to add events to the calendar.

Recurring events

▪ “J&J Ride” every Monday, 6:30-8 p.m.: A 25-mile moderate ride averaging 13 to 16 mph. Bikers often meet at Braum’s on 21st and Amidon after the ride.

▪ Women of Wednesday Ride” every Wednesday, 9-11 a.m.: The Oz Bicycle Club, a Wichita cycling group, organizes the ride and rotates the start among three of the riders’ homes.

▪ “Mulvane Group Ride” every Thursday, 8-10 a.m.: A slow to moderate 26-mile ride down paved county roads. It starts at the Train Museum in downtown Mulvane. The group sometimes finishes with a snack at Luciano’s Italian restaurant in Mulvane.

▪ “Radio Flyers Group Ride” every Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: An all-skill-level ride that ranges from 15 to 20 miles, starting at Monarch, 579 W. Douglas. The group mostly cycles on bike paths.

▪ “Fix a Flat Fridays” every Friday: Bicycle X-Change, 908 W. Douglas, will offer free labor for bike repairs with purchase of supplies needed for the fix.

▪ Early Risers Road Ride” every Saturday, 7:30-10 a.m.: Thirty-mile routes with average speeds from 15 to 22 mph. The group typically starts traveling against the wind. The group welcomes bikers of all experience levels. The group meets at Lees Bike Shop, 13303 Maple.

One-time events

▪ American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure, 7:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday: This daylong event includes bike rides, walks and runs of various distances along with fitness expos, family activities and music. Cooper, a 5-year-old boy with Type 1 diabetes, will ride in the event. He was diagnosed at 8 months old as the youngest known case of Type 1 diabetes in the state.

▪ Bike Commuter Workshop, 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday: Cycling instructors will offer tips about how to use biking as a form of transportation rather than just recreation. Instructors will provide safety information and tricks for how to bike to work without looking sweaty. The group will ride city bike lanes after the presentation. New and experienced biking commuters welcome. The event will take place at Bike Walk Wichita, 131 S. Laura.

▪ Bike to School Day Wednesday, Wednesday: Elementary schools around the Wichita area will host a variety of bike-related events. Students at Riverside Elementary School will receive free helmets and participate in activities throughout the day.

▪ Miller’s Meadow Open House, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday: Kansas Singletrack Society will have single-track bikes, including mountain bikes, available for people to try on dirt trails. Miller’s Meadow bike trails are near Pawnee and 143rd Street East.

▪ Fairmount Neighborhood Bicycle Rodeo, 9:30-10:45 a.m. May 7: The event will take place at Fairmount Park, 1647 N. Yale. The event will include bike and exercise activities as well as bike inspections and children helmet fittings.

▪ Ribbon Cutting for Redbud Trail, May 7: The city of Wichita will host a celebrational ribbon cutting with a choir and outdoor activities at the trail near 17th and Oliver. Cyclists will ride a variety of distances from the ribbon cutting.

▪ Backwoods Gear Swap, noon-4 p.m. May 7: Sell, trade or give away serviceable outdoor gear at Backwoods, 1900 N. Rock Road. The store will also hold camping, cooking and hammock demonstrations and will host a live band and food truck at the event. Individuals or groups can purchase a table for $10 by Sunday to display a larger amount of gear. Weapons cannot be traded, sold or gifted.

▪ Bicycle Touring Presentation, 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 12: Learn the ins and outs of self-contained bike trips. Bicycle touring includes trips for pleasure, adventure, commuting or exercise. The presentation will take place at Backwoods, 1900 N. Rock Road.

▪ Wichita Old School BMX Spring Ride, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 14: Riders meet on top of the parking lot east of Gander Mountain, 605 S. Wichita. The ride starts around 12:45 p.m. and lasts about two hours.

▪ Prairie Sunset Trail Ribbon Cutting and Ride, 1-2 p.m. May 14: A ribbon cutting and memorial bench dedication will take place before a trail ride heading east. The ride will start at the Goddard Trailhead on Main Street near the intersection of the railroad tracks, south of First Avenue.

▪ Wicked Wind 2016, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. May 15: The Haysville event offers three routes – one 25-mile route, a 50-mile route and 100-mile route. Each follows a loop to begin and end at the same point. Rest stops about every 10 miles will offer water, fruit, cookies or snacks. Entry is $25, but a free family ride will take place May 14. Visit ozbikeclub.com for more information and to print a registration form.

▪ Learn to BMX, 6-8 p.m. May 19: This is a free BMX clinic at Emery Park BMX, 2339 E. MacArthur.

▪ Bike to Work Day Breakfast, 6:30-9 a.m. May 20: Roughly six breakfast stations will be positioned around Wichita to show appreciation for people who bike to work. The stations will pass out fruit, granola bars, bottled water and juice. The locations have not yet been set, but organizers said the locations will be updated on the calendar website.

▪ Bike to Work Day Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 20: Drop by Old Town Square, North Mead and East Second Street, for free Jimmy Johns sandwiches, chips and water as a way to show support and appreciation for people who bike to work.

▪ Elrod’s Cirque, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21: This is an expert-level “gravel grinder” that starts and ends in Winfield with 61- and 121-mile route options. A 16-mile version will go through challenging terrain. To register, visit https://www.bikereg.com/ elrods-cirque.

▪ Western Sedgwick County Trail Tour, 10:30 a.m.-noon May 21: This six-mile event is open to runners, walkers and bikers. The run and walk will travel from Goddard to Garden Plain, while bikers travel from Garden Plain to Goddard. Both take place on Prairie Sunset Trail at 10:30 a.m. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. at Goddard Linear Park.

▪ Fourth Friday Restaurant Ride, 6-8 p.m. May 27: All ages and riding styles welcome. The route goes no farther than 12 miles. It starts from Lee’s Bike Shop, 13303 W. Maple, and ends at a restaurant, which this day is Chipotle at Maize and 21st.

▪ Art Adventure, May 28: The Wichita Art Museum will host a bike art adventure day. The details are not yet finalized for this year’s event. Last year, children made flags and decorations for their bikes at the museum and participated in a bike parade around the area.

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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