Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mountain Rides celebrates Bike Month

Numerous events planned for Wood River Valley

Express Staff Writer

Bicycles, as shown parked last summer in the Trail Creek area, are the preferred mode of transportation by proponents of National Bike Month in May. Numerous activities are planned throughout the Wood River Valley. Photo by Roland Lane

    Mountain Rides Transportation Authority is inviting the biking public to join with it in celebrating National Bike Month in May by participating in biking activities planned in the Wood River Valley.
    The National Bike Month Challenge is already under way, having started on May 1 and running through Sept. 30. Bicyclists can log their miles this summer with the League of American Bicyclists for recognition and prizes. To join the challenge, visit
    Mountain Rides is joining with local businesses and organizations in sponsoring the “Bike to Work/School Day & Workplace Challenge” on Friday, May 16. Students and adults are urged that day to ride a bike to school or work in Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum or Sun Valley. There will be rewards, snacks, refreshments and goodies at commuter appreciation stations along major bike routes from 6:30-9 a.m.
    Cycling commuters can also participate in the Workplace Challenge to compete for employer bragging rights by getting the highest percentage of employees bicycling to work that day.
    In addition to Mountain Rides, sponsors include Power Engineers, Rocky Mountain Hardware, The Sage School, Blaine County Recreation District, Marketron, Idaho Insurance Specialists, Smith Optics, Sturtevant’s, St. Luke’s hospital, Formula Sports, Pete Lane’s Sun Valley, Wood River Bike Coalition, Club Ridge, Higher Ground, Environmental Resource Center, Pioneer Montessori School and Wood River YMCA.
    The ninth annual Bike Swap is set for May 16-17 at Sturtos in Hailey. Bikes can be checked in at Sturtos from 12-6 p.m. on May 16. The bike swap begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 17. Bicycle pick-up will be from 4-5 p.m.
    The Safe Routes to School program is holding a “Fire Up Your Feet” two-week challenge May 19-May 30. Students are urged to bike or walk to school for the entire two weeks and keep track of their daily morning and afternoon transportation options with a punch card. Students with the highest rate of participation tracked on their card will be entered to win an unspecified but “great” prize at the end of the challenge.

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