In celebration of National Bike Month, get plugged-in to all the exciting activities happening in Memphis (and beyond) with your bike. There are activities for all ages and skill-levels and most are FREE!
May 5 – Bike Commuting 101 Class
Revolutions Memphis will be hosting a class tonight at 6:30pm designed to get you ready for Bike To Work Day. A class specifically for those who want to start bicycling to work or school, this class is a practical “how to” in finding your best travel route, thinking through matters of clothing and equipment that needs to be carried, thoughts on troubleshooting emergency repairs on tires and chains, and parking. They’ll also discuss advocacy efforts to make bicycle commuting easier in Memphis. You must be a member of Revolutions to attend the class. Learn more about membership and the class at www.revolutionsmemphis.com.
May 7 – Bike To School Day
School children across the nation will be participating in this event this Wednesday which encourages parents and teachers to accompany their children to school by bicycle just like they did when they were younger. Check with your local principal to see if you child’s school is participating. A couple special Bike To School events that you can attend are:
- Westhaven Elementary School @ 8:00am. Meet at the corner of Hodge Rd. and Clower St. to accompany the students for the one-mile bike ride to school. Last year there were about 100 children in addition to teachers and parents that participated with help from MPD’s Police Patrol from Raines Station.
- Ride for Reading with Achievement Schools ion Frayser @ 12:00pm. Join other adults riders at high noon at Frayser Park (N. Watkins St) to delivery books to children by bicycle in the Frayser community. For more information and to register your participation, contact Liz Genco at email@example.com.
May 7 – Bicycle Maintenance Class
Victory Bicycle Studio is hosting a bicycle maintenance classe from 6:00pm-7:00pm at their shop located at 2549 Broad Avenue.
May 8 – MEMMobile debute celebration featuring The BikeSmith bike repair truck
If you love food trucks, get ready for the mobile retail trucks. MEMMobile is an innovative new program from the City of Memphis, the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, and alt.Consulting that will give Memphis more diverse retail options and promote small, locally-owned businesses. It follows on the success of popular programs such as MEMFix and MEMShop that have revived vacant properties and brought new businesses to neighborhoods like Crosstown, Broad Avenue, Soulsville, and Overton Square over the past few years. Join us from 11am-1pm in front of City Hall for the debut of Jim Steffen’s mobile bicycle repair store – The Bikesmith.
May 10 – Rolling For Independence Ride
A benefit for Memphis Center For Independent Living that offers an opportunity for wheelers and rollers of all types to join together for this family-friendly celebration and community building event. Activities include a post-ride lunch and awards ceremony, face painters, a moon bounce, and more. Click here for registration information and a complete schedule. Activities begin at 9:00am at 1633 Madison Avenue.
May 12 – Roadside Repair Class
Revolutions Memphis will be hosting a two-hour class on basic bicycle maintenance at 6:30pm, designed for the beginner who needs to know how to fix a flat tire, negate noisy gears, reduce rim rub, etc. You will need your own bicycle and Flat Fix Kit. Kits will be available for $60 cash on the night of the class, and they include: A seat pack , CO2 cartridges, a patch kit, tire levers, a spare tube and a multi-tool. You must be a member of Revolutions to attend the class. Learn more about membership and the class at www.revolutionsmemphis.com.
May 14-16 – Tennessee Bike Summit (Nashville, TN)
The Tennessee Bike Summit brings together advocates, engineers, planners, and business owners to learn best practices for advancing cycling in our state. This year’s event is taking place in Nashville and includes keynote speakers TOKS OMISHAKIN (TDOT Assistant Commissioner and Chief Environment & Planning Bureau), KIM WILEY-SCHWARTZ (Assistant Commissioner, New York City Dept. of Transportation), JIM SAYER (Executive Director, Adventure Cycling Association), and KARL DEAN (Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County). Registration and schedule can be found at www.tnbikesummit.org.
May 16 – Bike To Work Day
If you have not already discovered the joys of getting around by bike in the Bluff City, Bike To Work Day is a chance for you to give bicycle commuting a try. Cyclists of all skill and experience levels will take part in this celebration with a commute to work by bicycle followed by a lunchtime expo in Court Square in downtown Memphis from 11am-2pm. Registratation is free and can be completed at www.biketoworkmemphis.com.
Need a quick break on your way in to work? Stop by one of these locations to refuel with water and snacks. Registered participants can also pick up their gift bags here (specify when registering).
MATA Trolley Barn
547 N Main St (Main at Greenlaw)
7 – 9 am
Central Station Pavilion
S Front St at GE Patterson
7 – 9 am
Church Health Center Wellness Center
1115 Union Ave (accessible from Eastmoreland)
7 – 9 am
Downtown Bicycle Expo
Court Square, Main St at Court Ave
11 am – 2 pm
Pick up your gift bag and hang out with other cyclists in celebration of Bike-to-Work Day! Live music, snacks and giveaways, and lots of bicycle-themed fun!
May 17 – Bikesploitation 4
Bikesploition is a one-of-a-kind festival that brings together film, music, and art from around the world to celebrate our love for bikes. Bike films, bike art, music via bike, family activities, live demos, food, beverages, and SO MUCH MORE. If you love bicycles, you are bound to have a great time at Bikesloitation! The event is free and open to the public. Get more details at www.bikesploitation.com.
Bikesploitation will have 6 different start points all around the city for bike rides to the Metal Museum!! Please see below for the locations and leave times. Riders are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to ride leave time. All rides will meet up at various points on the route and will enter the museum grounds en masse! A map of the routes can be found here.
START POINT A: SHELBY FARMS GREENLINE
MULLINS STATION & FARM ROAD
LEAVE TIME: 11:50AM
START POINT B: UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
PEDDLER BICYCLE SHOP, 575 S. HIGHLAND ST.
LEAVE TIME: 11:50AM
START POINT C: COOPER/YOUNG
REVOLUTIONS BIKE CO-OP, 1000 S. COOPER ST.
LEAVE TIME: 12:25PM
START POINT D: OVERTON PARK
LEAVE TIME: 1:00PM
START POINT E: DOWNTOWN
COURT SQUARE PARK
LEAVE TIME: 1:50PM
START POINT F: SOULSVILLE
MEMPHIS SLIM COLLABORATORY
LEAVE TIME: 1:50PM
May 18 – Wee Ride Memphis ride to Rock ‘n Romp
Wee Ride Memphis, a program of Revolutions Memphis designed to increase bike usage for parents and children, will lead a short Bike-A-Van, at 1:00 p.m., over to Rhodes College for the monthly Rock ‘n Romp event. They’ll meet behind 1st Congo (1000 South Cooper Street), in the NE parking lot (off Blythe). More information about the event can be found here.
May 26 – Memphis Hightailers Tour de La Grange
This is a great event and takes places east of Memphis and start in Moscow, TN on May 26th. Various routes for the beginner rider to the expert rider. Afterwards stop by Brad’s BBQ where they have opened just for riders in the past. Proceeds from the ride go to benefit the Moscow Community Food Pantry. This ride is only $5. Registration and details can be found here.