Bike! Charlotte is seventeen days of bicycle related events and promotions used to encourage families, friends, and colleagues to break out the bike and use it as a means of transportation and recreation. From April 26th, 2013, through May 12th, there are so many bike activities, many free, that I can’t list them all here. Check out the Bike! Charlotte calendar for the entire schedule. I will list just a few here. Bike! Charlotte culminates in BikeFEST, bike and pedestrian themed block party, on May 12th, 2013, from 2pm to 5pm, in Plaza Midwood.
In addition, B-Cycles will offer FREE 30 minute bike rentals from May 6th to May 10th. Use promo code 51213. B-Cycles includes 200 blue bikes and 20 stations strategically placed throughout Uptown and surrounding neighborhoods from JCSU to Freedom Park. Consult this map to find all the locations.
Also, the Charlotte Area Transportation System is allowing anyone traveling with a bicycle on CATS Buses and the LYNX Train for free, April 28 – May 4, during BIKE! Charlotte.
A few of the Bike! Charlotte activities
Critical Mass Social Bike Ride
This new BIKE! Charlotte event is a parade pace, social ride around the beautiful streets of urban Charlotte. Stops will include Common Market South End, 1515 S. Tryon Street @ 8:00 PM and Birdsong Brewing Company, 2315 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205.
Location: Common Market (2007 Commonwealth Ave.)
Friday April 26th
Time: 7:00 PM
Who Participates: Open to everyone
Cost: FREE! Bring $$ for purchases at ride stops.
Contact: Pamela Murray @ [email protected]
Kidical Mass Kids Bike Ride
Kids, be a part of the first annual Kidical Mass Kids Bike Ride in and around the Plaza Midwood neighborhood! This is a short, family-friendly ride with a dinner stop mid way at Fuel Pizza. Don’t miss this opportunity to ride your bike with other kids and have a fun supper stop along the way!
Location: Kilgo United Methodist Church parking lot (2101 Belvedere Ave., Charlotte, NC)
Friday, May 3
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Who Participates: All children who are able to ride a bike with at least 16 inch wheels and without training wheels. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: FREE! Bring money for dinner at Fuel Pizza.
Contact: Pamela Murray at [email protected], 704-372-0052, or Dick Winters at 704 236-8257 (cell)
Bike Swap @ the North Davidson Breweries
p/b organizers of Charlotte Critical Mass
Do you have bikes and/or bike parts you no longer need? Apparel items that no longer fit? Are they just sitting in your garage or shed? Bring your bikes, bike parts, and bike stuff to swap in the parking lot behind Birdsong Brewery. Swap opens at 1:00 pm. There will be beer specials at Bird Song Brewery for everyone who comes to buy, sell or trade. Donations for Trips for Kids will be collected at the end of the event. Bring Cash!
Preregistration required to sell, limited space available, first come, first serve. Rent 3×3 spaces for $5/each, whole table rental $10. If you require more space or table area, send an email with your requirements to the email below. Sellers please be on site by 12:30.
Location: 2315 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC, 28205
Saturday, May 4
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Who Participates: Open to Everyone.
Cost: FREE for shoppers
Contact: [email protected]
Critical Lass Ladies Social Ride
Want to have a fun, easy ride, all girls ride toodling through town? This is the ride for you! Geared towards beginners, this ride will be a fun, social ride, and will consist of a 30 minute ride, a pit stop at a bakery/coffee shop and a 30 minute ride back.
Location: Common Market (2007 Commonwealth Avenue, Charlotte, NC)
Tuesday, May 7
Time: 7:45 PM – meet 8:00 PM – ride starts
Who Participates: Ladies only.
Cost: FREE! Bring $ for purchases at the bakery/coffee shop.
Contact: Pamela Murray @ [email protected]
BikeFEST is a bike and pedestrian themed block party that encourages the public to enjoy playing in the streets and meeting fellow neighbors! Three blocks of Thomas Ave in Plaza Midwood will be closed to allow a safe environment for scavenger hunts, cycling, skating, a bike rodeo and a bike parade! The goal is to celebrate public spaces and make the public realize that the streets are not just for cars! Come enjoy this open street festival in Plaza Midwood! Events include Bike Drive for Trips for Kids Charlotte – donate your dusty (not rusty) bike, a Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeo, Bus Cycles, B Cycle Bikes, Cargo Challenge, Bike Wash and Lube Station, Flat Tire Challenge, music, food, kids crafts and activities.
Kids Bike and Pet Parade will meet at Kilgo Church at 1:30 PM and depart at at 1:45 PM.
Location: Thomas Ave ( 1600 Hamorton Place)
Sunday, May 12
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Who Participates: Open to Everyone