Plenty of Bike Month Activities in Memphis

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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!

PFB-0307-NBC-Web-Button-280x270Also, join the National Bike Challenge by visiting the website (www.nationalbikechallenge.org). The Bike Challenge collects your riding data through the use of smart phone apps that plot your routes and riding distances. This year’s challenge is being hosted by the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club. Collectively, let’s put Memphis on the map as the most heavily bicycled city in Tennessee. A variety of apps can be used to document the miles so feel free to use whatever app you prefer (more details on the website). There is no cost to participate and the challenge runs May through September.

May 1 – Revolutions Bike Co-Op Open House

Revolutions is having an Open House this Friday, May 1st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The staff will be outside, in front of the Bike Gate. This will be a great day to be in Cooper-Young because it’s the CY 1st Friday Art Walk. So, get out, stop by the Shop, take a tour of the new shop layout and tools. Plus, Revolutions has changed its logo so now’s your chance to get the last of the “I Bike Mphs” shirts before they’re gone!! www.revolutionsmemphis.com

May 2 – Traffic Skills 101 Course

Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) is a fast-paced class that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques.  This class is sponsored by the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club and taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists. The class will be held at Jason’s Deli (3473 Poplar Ave.) from 9:00am-6:00pm. Cost of the class is $35 and includes class materials, but participants will need to pay for their lunch separately. Participants will need to bring their own working bicycles and helmets. Class size is limited and registration is required in advance. Registration and information available here. www.memphishightailers.com

May 2 – Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

Ride 10-12 miles and help distribute food. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food and ride to distribute the food. If you are riding, bring a bag to fill with food to be distributed. Preparation of food begins at 7:00am and distribution begins at 8:00am. Contact Rev. Tommy Clark, (901) 703-7541 or fattire77@gmail.com, for more details. The ride begins and ends at First United Methodist Church (204 N. Second St.) in downtown Memphis.

May 2 – Tour for a Cure

Tour for a Cure is a cycling event allowing cyclists to join in the fight against Juvenile Diabetes. All money raised will support the JDRF and their research for a cure. This year they will have 21, 40, and 61 mile loops that guide riders through the suburban and country settings of West Tennessee. Whether you ride 21 miles or you complete 61 miles, the routes will be fully supported with both, pre-ride bike maintenance and rolling SAG support for any mechanical issues or tired riders. Depending upon the route there will be approximately 4 to 6 rest stops offering beverage and snacks to maintain your peak performance. Online registration is open and will close May 1, 2015 at 5pm, but registration will also be available the day of the event. Registration cost is $40. Registration information is available here.

May 2 – Bike The Planet Monthly Maintenance Clinic

Bring your bike to Bike The Planet (8500 Wolf Lake Drive, Suite 105, Bartlett, TN) from 4:00pm-5:30pm for a hands-on class teaching basic principles of bike maintenance including washing your bike, lubricating your chain, removing your wheels, changing flat tires, adjusting your brakes, and advanced shifting techniques. The clinic is free and open to the public.

May 2 – International Paper Ride from Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown)

International Paper Cycling Team’s MS 150 training ride. Ride is OPEN to everyone. Distance is generally 30 to 40 miles. Pace varies between 14 and 18 mph and there are ride leaders for slower riders as well as faster riders. No one gets left behind. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 2 – Peddler Bike Shop (Southaven) Group Ride

This 39 mile loops is packed full of smooth pavement & rolling hills. Over 1200ft of climbing.  This will be a friendly aerobic base group ride. This is a no drop ride but please be able to maintain 15-16 mph avg by yourself. We will avg 16-17 as a group. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Southaven location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3075 E. Goodman Rd., Southaven, MS).  www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 3 – Crank and Click: A Photo Scavenger Hunt Bike Ride

Members of the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club will host a photo scavenger hunt for team of at least three riders. Meet at Cheffie’s Cafe (483 High Point Terrace) at 2:00pm to begin the ride and take part in the fun. This event is for Hightailer members only, but you can join the bike club at the start of the event. Make sure to bring a camera. Registration information can be found herewww.memphishightailers.com

May 3 – Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown) Group Ride

Generally a smaller ride 30-45 miles.  A no drop ride between 14 and 17 mph.  Open to everyone. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 4 – I Can Fix That (Women’s Class): Caliper, Rim, and Disc Brake Systems

Two Monday nights each month, Revolutions Bike Co-Op offers an in-depth class on repairing specific mechanical systems for your bike. The class runs from 6:30pm-9:00pm and is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. The first Monday of each month is a Women’s class (cis and trans) – the same topic will be offered on the 2nd Monday of each month and is open to everyone. www.revolutionsmemphis.com

May 4 – Memphis Hightailers Day at Bike The Planet

Bike The Planet (8500 Wolf Lake Drive, Suite 106, Bartlett, TN) would like to invite all Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club Members for a special Hightailers Day. All Members must show their current membership card or new Virtual Membership Card. Food And refreshments will be provided; Cinco de Mayo – tacos, beer, water & soda along with a raffle for t-shirts and some great prizes. Hightailers members will also receive discounts on merchandise and bikes throughout the store. More info can be found herewww.memphishightailers.com

May 5 – All About Bikes Weekly Group Ride

Join the staff from All About Bikes (621 S. Mendenhall Rd) for a casual bicycle ride in East Memphis. Meet at the bike shop between 6:00pm and 6:30pm to take part in the ride. www.allaboutbikesllc.com

May 5 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Morning Group Ride

This ride is “spirited” and averages around 22 mph in season. The route is 22 miles. The ride begins at 5:45am from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 5 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Evening Group Ride

Looking for a beginner ride? This is just for you! It leaves from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.) at 6:30 pm. This a round trip of approximately 10 miles with a midway rest period at Overton Park. www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 6 – Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

Ride 10-12 miles and help distribute food. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food and ride to distribute the food. If you are riding, bring a bag to fill with food to be distributed. Preparation of food begins at 6:30pm and distribution begins at 8:00pm. Contact Rev. Tommy Clark, (901) 703-7541 or fattire77@gmail.com, for more details. The ride begins and ends at First United Methodist Church (204 N. Second St.) in downtown Memphis.

May 6 – Outdoors Inc. Monthly Maintenance Clinic

Bring your bike to Outdoors, Inc. (833 N. Germantown Pkwy) from 6:00pm-7:00pm for a hands-on class teaching basic principles of bike maintenance including washing your bike, lubricating your chain, removing your wheels, changing flat tires, adjusting your brakes, and advanced shifting techniques. The clinic is free and open to the public. www.outdoorsinc.com

May 6 – Victory Bicycle Studio Monthly Maintenance Clinic

Bring your bike to Victory Bicycle Studio (2549 Broad Ave.) from 6:00pm-7:00pm for a hands-on class teaching basic principles of bike maintenance including washing your bike, lubricating your chain, removing your wheels, and changing flat tires. The clinic is free and open to the public. www.victorybicyclestudio.com

May 6 – Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo – Pickup Games

Join the Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo players for pickup games each Sunday and Wednesday evening beginning at 7:30pm. Teams are random and all skill levels (newbies to seasoned pros) are welcome to try one of the world’s fastest growing bicycle sports. The Memphis players have all the equipment you’ll need. Just bring your bike to the parking lot of Bluff City Sports (769 S. Cooper St.) and learn a new game on two wheels. www.memphisbikepolo.com

May 7 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Morning Group Ride

This ride is “spirited” and averages around 22 mph in season. The route is 22 miles. The ride begins at 5:45am from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 7 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Evening Group Ride

Looking for a beginner ride? This is just for you! It leaves from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.) at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings. This ride splits into two groups. Group A is a bit faster, taking the Parkways and around the north side of Mud Island to rendezvous at Confederate Park with the slower Group B which navigates through neighborhood streets. The ride is approximately 20 miles. www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 8 & 9 – Traffic Skills 101 Course

Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) is a fast-paced class that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques.  This class is sponsored by the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club and taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists. The class will be held at Jason’s Deli (3473 Poplar Ave.) from 5:00pm-8:00pm on May 8 and from 9:00am-1:00pm on May 9. Cost of the class is $35 and includes class materials, but participants will need to pay for their lunch separately. Participants will need to bring their own working bicycles and helmets. Class size is limited and registration is required in advance. Registration and information available here. www.memphishightailers.com

May 9 – Outdoor Repair Installation at Crosstown Concourse

The Church Health Center’s Operation Crosstown initiative will be having a grand opening ceremony for a brand new public repair station and air pump at the corner of Cleveland and Poplar in the Crosstown neighborhood. The celebration will begin at 11:00am. Join a group ride to the event departing from Revolutions Bike Co-Op (1000 S. Cooper St.) departing at 10:00am from Cooper-Young. www.revolutionsmemphis.com

May 9 – Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

Ride 10-12 miles and help distribute food. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food and ride to distribute the food. If you are riding, bring a bag to fill with food to be distributed. Preparation of food begins at 7:00am and distribution begins at 8:00am. Contact Rev. Tommy Clark, (901) 703-7541 or fattire77@gmail.com, for more details. The ride begins and ends at First United Methodist Church (204 N. Second St.) in downtown Memphis.

May 9 – International Paper Ride from Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown)

International Paper Cycling Team’s MS 150 training ride. Ride is OPEN to everyone. Distance is generally 30 to 40 miles. Pace varies between 14 and 18 mph and there are ride leaders for slower riders as well as faster riders. No one gets left behind. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 9 – Peddler Bike Shop (Southaven) Group Ride

This 39 mile loops is packed full of smooth pavement & rolling hills. Over 1200ft of climbing.  This will be a friendly aerobic base group ride. This is a no drop ride but please be able to maintain 15-16 mph avg by yourself. We will avg 16-17 as a group. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Southaven location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3075 E. Goodman Rd., Southaven, MS).  www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 10 – Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown) Group Ride

Generally a smaller ride 30-45 miles.  A no drop ride between 14 and 17 mph.  Open to everyone. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 10 – Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo – Pickup Games

Join the Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo players for pickup games each Sunday and Wednesday evening beginning at 7:30pm. Teams are random and all skill levels (newbies to seasoned pros) are welcome to try one of the world’s fastest growing bicycle sports. The Memphis players have all the equipment you’ll need. Just bring your bike to the parking lot of Bluff City Sports (769 S. Cooper St.) and learn a new game on two wheels. www.memphisbikepolo.com

May 11 – I Can Fix That: Caliper, Rim, and Disc Brake Systems

Two Monday nights each month, Revolutions Bike Co-Op offers an in-depth class on repairing specific mechanical systems for your bike. The class runs from 6:30pm-9:00pm and is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. The first Monday of each month is a Women’s class (cis and trans) – the same topic will be offered on the 2nd Monday of each month and is open to everyone. www.revolutionsmemphis.com

May 12 – All About Bikes Weekly Group Ride

Join the staff from All About Bikes (621 S. Mendenhall Rd) for a casual bicycle ride in East Memphis. Meet at the bike shop between 6:00pm and 6:30pm to take part in the ride. www.allaboutbikesllc.com

May 12 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Morning Group Ride

This ride is “spirited” and averages around 22 mph in season. The route is 22 miles. The ride begins at 5:45am from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 12 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Evening Group Ride

Looking for a beginner ride? This is just for you! It leaves from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.) at 6:30 pm. This a round trip of approximately 10 miles with a midway rest period at Overton Park. www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 13 – Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

Ride 10-12 miles and help distribute food. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food and ride to distribute the food. If you are riding, bring a bag to fill with food to be distributed. Preparation of food begins at 6:30pm and distribution begins at 8:00pm. Contact Rev. Tommy Clark, (901) 703-7541 or fattire77@gmail.com, for more details. The ride begins and ends at First United Methodist Church (204 N. Second St.) in downtown Memphis.

May 13 – Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo – Pickup Games

Join the Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo players for pickup games each Sunday and Wednesday evening beginning at 7:30pm. Teams are random and all skill levels (newbies to seasoned pros) are welcome to try one of the world’s fastest growing bicycle sports. The Memphis players have all the equipment you’ll need. Just bring your bike to the parking lot of Bluff City Sports (769 S. Cooper St.) and learn a new game on two wheels. www.memphisbikepolo.com

May 14 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Morning Group Ride

This ride is “spirited” and averages around 22 mph in season. The route is 22 miles. The ride begins at 5:45am from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 14 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Evening Group Ride

Looking for a beginner ride? This is just for you! It leaves from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.) at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings. This ride splits into two groups. Group A is a bit faster, taking the Parkways and around the north side of Mud Island to rendezvous at Confederate Park with the slower Group B which navigates through neighborhood streets. The ride is approximately 20 miles. www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 14 – Pizza With Planners – Film Screening Bikes Vs. Cars

Join Livable Memphis on Thursday, May 14th,  at 5:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave.) for a special Bike Month Pizza with Planners – They’ll be screening the new documentary film Bikes vs Cars, in which Swedish director Fredrik Gertten travels around the world to chronicle how bicyclists are trying to get a little piece of the pie in the face of a never-ending upward trajectory of car ownership and the overwhelming political and economic influence of the automobile industry.  Think of it as David and Goliath on wheels. Be sure to register here.

May 15 – Bike To Work Day

Join your co-workers and neighbors together on a bike ride to your workplace along with thousands of others across the country for this year’s Bike To Work Day event. Participation and registration is free! www.biketoworkmemphis.com

May 16 – Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

Ride 10-12 miles and help distribute food. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food and ride to distribute the food. If you are riding, bring a bag to fill with food to be distributed. Preparation of food begins at 7:00am and distribution begins at 8:00am. Contact Rev. Tommy Clark, (901) 703-7541 or fattire77@gmail.com, for more details. The ride begins and ends at First United Methodist Church (204 N. Second St.) in downtown Memphis.

May 16 – Bikes Plus Monthly Tire Changing Clinic

Bring your bike to Bikes Plus (9445 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN) from 2:00pm-3:00pm for a hands-on class teaching basic principles of bike maintenance including removing your wheels and changing flat tires. The clinic is free and open to the public. www.bikesplus.net

May 16 – International Paper Ride from Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown)

International Paper Cycling Team’s MS 150 training ride. Ride is OPEN to everyone. Distance is generally 30 to 40 miles. Pace varies between 14 and 18 mph and there are ride leaders for slower riders as well as faster riders. No one gets left behind. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 16 – Peddler Bike Shop (Southaven) Group Ride

This 39 mile loops is packed full of smooth pavement & rolling hills. Over 1200ft of climbing.  This will be a friendly aerobic base group ride. This is a no drop ride but please be able to maintain 15-16 mph avg by yourself. We will avg 16-17 as a group. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Southaven location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3075 E. Goodman Rd., Southaven, MS).  www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 17 – Women’s Bike Chat

Join Revolutions Bike Co-Op for a chat about bicycles with other women. They’ll be joined, this month, by Suzanne Carlson, Transportation and Mobility Project Manager of the Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government. Bring your bike so that, if the weather is nice, you can take a short ride, together. All Revolutions sponsored rides require helmets. www.revolutionsmemphis.com

May 17 – Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown) Group Ride

Generally a smaller ride 30-45 miles.  A no drop ride between 14 and 17 mph.  Open to everyone. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 17 – Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo – Pickup Games

Join the Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo players for pickup games each Sunday and Wednesday evening beginning at 7:30pm. Teams are random and all skill levels (newbies to seasoned pros) are welcome to try one of the world’s fastest growing bicycle sports. The Memphis players have all the equipment you’ll need. Just bring your bike to the parking lot of Bluff City Sports (769 S. Cooper St.) and learn a new game on two wheels. www.memphisbikepolo.com

May 19 – All About Bikes Weekly Group Ride

Join the staff from All About Bikes (621 S. Mendenhall Rd) for a casual bicycle ride in East Memphis. Meet at the bike shop between 6:00pm and 6:30pm to take part in the ride. www.allaboutbikesllc.com

May 19 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Morning Group Ride

This ride is “spirited” and averages around 22 mph in season. The route is 22 miles. The ride begins at 5:45am from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 19 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Evening Group Ride

Looking for a beginner ride? This is just for you! It leaves from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.) at 6:30 pm. This a round trip of approximately 10 miles with a midway rest period at Overton Park. www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 20 – Dinner and Bikes Program featuring Elly Blue & Friends

Join author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, Elly Blue, and friends for and evening discussing the role of bicycle in communities, how advocacy works to change local policies, and to watch short movies from filmmaker Joe Biel about bicycling from across the country. The event is being held at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper St.) and tickets are available here for $30. The program features a 7-course vegan meal prepared by Chef Joshua Ploeg. www.revolutionsmemphis.com

May 20 – Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

Ride 10-12 miles and help distribute food. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food and ride to distribute the food. If you are riding, bring a bag to fill with food to be distributed. Preparation of food begins at 6:30pm and distribution begins at 8:00pm. Contact Rev. Tommy Clark, (901) 703-7541 or fattire77@gmail.com, for more details. The ride begins and ends at First United Methodist Church (204 N. Second St.) in downtown Memphis.

May 20 – Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo – Pickup Games

Join the Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo players for pickup games each Sunday and Wednesday evening beginning at 7:30pm. Teams are random and all skill levels (newbies to seasoned pros) are welcome to try one of the world’s fastest growing bicycle sports. The Memphis players have all the equipment you’ll need. Just bring your bike to the parking lot of Bluff City Sports (769 S. Cooper St.) and learn a new game on two wheels. www.memphisbikepolo.com

May 21 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Morning Group Ride

This ride is “spirited” and averages around 22 mph in season. The route is 22 miles. The ride begins at 5:45am from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 21 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Evening Group Ride

Looking for a beginner ride? This is just for you! It leaves from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.) at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings. This ride splits into two groups. Group A is a bit faster, taking the Parkways and around the north side of Mud Island to rendezvous at Confederate Park with the slower Group B which navigates through neighborhood streets. The ride is approximately 20 miles. www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 23 – Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

Ride 10-12 miles and help distribute food. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food and ride to distribute the food. If you are riding, bring a bag to fill with food to be distributed. Preparation of food begins at 7:00am and distribution begins at 8:00am. Contact Rev. Tommy Clark, (901) 703-7541 or fattire77@gmail.com, for more details. The ride begins and ends at First United Methodist Church (204 N. Second St.) in downtown Memphis.

May 23 – International Paper Ride from Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown)

International Paper Cycling Team’s MS 150 training ride. Ride is OPEN to everyone. Distance is generally 30 to 40 miles. Pace varies between 14 and 18 mph and there are ride leaders for slower riders as well as faster riders. No one gets left behind. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 23 – Peddler Bike Shop (Southaven) Group Ride

This 39 mile loops is packed full of smooth pavement & rolling hills. Over 1200ft of climbing.  This will be a friendly aerobic base group ride. This is a no drop ride but please be able to maintain 15-16 mph avg by yourself. We will avg 16-17 as a group. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Southaven location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3075 E. Goodman Rd., Southaven, MS).  www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 24 – Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown) Group Ride

Generally a smaller ride 30-45 miles.  A no drop ride between 14 and 17 mph.  Open to everyone. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 24 – Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo – Pickup Games

Join the Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo players for pickup games each Sunday and Wednesday evening beginning at 7:30pm. Teams are random and all skill levels (newbies to seasoned pros) are welcome to try one of the world’s fastest growing bicycle sports. The Memphis players have all the equipment you’ll need. Just bring your bike to the parking lot of Bluff City Sports (769 S. Cooper St.) and learn a new game on two wheels. www.memphisbikepolo.com

May 25 – Memphis Hightailers Tour de La Grange

Join the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club for a 27, 41, or 53 mile bicycle ride through eastern Shelby and Fayette Counties benefiting Feeding Fayette (formerly the Moscow Food Pantry). Check-on time starts at 7:00am and the ride begins at 8:00am beginning and ending at the corner of Hwy 57 and Charleston St in Moscow, TN. Cost if $5 in advance or $10 the day of the ride. Registration information can be found herewww.memphishightailers.com

May 26 – All About Bikes Weekly Group Ride

Join the staff from All About Bikes (621 S. Mendenhall Rd) for a casual bicycle ride in East Memphis. Meet at the bike shop between 6:00pm and 6:30pm to take part in the ride. www.allaboutbikesllc.com

May 26 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Morning Group Ride

This ride is “spirited” and averages around 22 mph in season. The route is 22 miles. The ride begins at 5:45am from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 26 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Evening Group Ride

Looking for a beginner ride? This is just for you! It leaves from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.) at 6:30 pm. This a round trip of approximately 10 miles with a midway rest period at Overton Park. www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 27 – Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

Ride 10-12 miles and help distribute food. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food and ride to distribute the food. If you are riding, bring a bag to fill with food to be distributed. Preparation of food begins at 6:30pm and distribution begins at 8:00pm. Contact Rev. Tommy Clark, (901) 703-7541 or fattire77@gmail.com, for more details. The ride begins and ends at First United Methodist Church (204 N. Second St.) in downtown Memphis.

May 27 – Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo – Pickup Games

Join the Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo players for pickup games each Sunday and Wednesday evening beginning at 7:30pm. Teams are random and all skill levels (newbies to seasoned pros) are welcome to try one of the world’s fastest growing bicycle sports. The Memphis players have all the equipment you’ll need. Just bring your bike to the parking lot of Bluff City Sports (769 S. Cooper St.) and learn a new game on two wheels. www.memphisbikepolo.com

May 28 – Bikes on Broad

The City of Memphis is participating in a national competition with other US cities to determine which city is the best for everyday bicycle riding. The measure of this quality is being determined using a little bit of whimsy – counting people doing everyday things on their bikes. The City has chosen to conduct the counts along Broad Avenue between Tillman Street and Hollywood Street where a newly paved section just received a two-way cycle track as part of the ongoing Hampline construction.

Ride your bicycle along this road on the designated day at any time and be counted. Ride your bicycle along this road on the designated day and meet the themed challenge and be counted for entry in the national competition. The theme for May is — People Riding Bike With Racks or Baskets.

Meet up with riders at 6:00pm on the designated day at the Overton Park Bike Gate (Sam Cooper and East Parkway) for a group ride down Broad Avenue. Event details can be found here.

May 28 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Morning Group Ride

This ride is “spirited” and averages around 22 mph in season. The route is 22 miles. The ride begins at 5:45am from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 28 – Peddler Bike Shop (Memphis) Evening Group Ride

Looking for a beginner ride? This is just for you! It leaves from the Memphis location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3548 Walker Ave.) at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings. This ride splits into two groups. Group A is a bit faster, taking the Parkways and around the north side of Mud Island to rendezvous at Confederate Park with the slower Group B which navigates through neighborhood streets. The ride is approximately 20 miles. www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 30 – Senior Trike Program Roll-out and Bike Rodeo

The City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods has partnered with Revolutions Bike Co-Op to offer a new program designed at getting seniors out on bikes more often. Through the facilitation of adult-sized tricycles, Revolutions will now organize and lead group riding event for seniors throughout the city. Join Revolutions and the City of Memphis at 10:30am at Tiger Lane (Fairgrounds site) for the launch of this new program. Also, bring your own bike and take part in the bike rodeo to test your riding skills and abilities. www.revolutionsmemphis.com

May 30 – Traffic Skills 101 Course

Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) is a fast-paced class that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques.  This class is sponsored by the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club and taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists. The class will be held at Jason’s Deli (3473 Poplar Ave.) from 9:00am-6:00pm. Cost of the class is $35 and includes class materials, but participants will need to pay for their lunch separately. Participants will need to bring their own working bicycles and helmets. Class size is limited and registration is required in advance. Registration and information available here. www.memphishightailers.com

May 30 – Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

Ride 10-12 miles and help distribute food. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food and ride to distribute the food. If you are riding, bring a bag to fill with food to be distributed. Preparation of food begins at 7:00am and distribution begins at 8:00am. Contact Rev. Tommy Clark, (901) 703-7541 or fattire77@gmail.com, for more details. The ride begins and ends at First United Methodist Church (204 N. Second St.) in downtown Memphis.

May 30 – International Paper Ride from Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown)

International Paper Cycling Team’s MS 150 training ride. Ride is OPEN to everyone. Distance is generally 30 to 40 miles. Pace varies between 14 and 18 mph and there are ride leaders for slower riders as well as faster riders. No one gets left behind. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 30 – Peddler Bike Shop (Southaven) Group Ride

This 39 mile loops is packed full of smooth pavement & rolling hills. Over 1200ft of climbing.  This will be a friendly aerobic base group ride. This is a no drop ride but please be able to maintain 15-16 mph avg by yourself. We will avg 16-17 as a group. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Southaven location of the Peddler Bike Shop (3075 E. Goodman Rd., Southaven, MS).  www.peddlerbikeshop.com

May 30 – Tour de Cure

Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. Ride levels and distances are available for multiple types of riders. From the 10 mile family friendly ride that even the youngest of riders can enjoy to a top notch 75 mile ride in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the American Diabetes Association. Registration cost is $20 and a minimum of $200 fundraising is required to participate. More information about the ride can be found here.

May 31 – Peddler Bike Shop (Germantown) Group Ride

Generally a smaller ride 30-45 miles.  A no drop ride between 14 and 17 mph.  Open to everyone. Ride begins at 8:00am from the Germantown location of the Peddler Bike Shop (2095 Exeter Rd.). www.peddlerbikeshop.com

First Congregational Church – Memphis’ First Platinum-Level Bicycle Friendly Business

Memphis continues to gain national attention for its bicycle activities as First Congregational Church in the Cooper-Young neighborhood was declared a Bicycle Friendly Business at the Platinum Level by the League of American Bicyclists.  The church joins a list of 950 visionary businesses nationwide, sharing the platinum-level designation with a limited number of elite bicycle-friendly businesses such as Facebook and Target.

Home of the Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op, First Congregational has been dedicated to encouraging Memphians to ride bicycles for exercise, transportation and fun for more than a decade and received the Platinum Level designation (the highest possible!) on its first application.  This celebrates the church’s work in providing a setting where congregation members, the thirty shared space partners within the building and all other people who use the church’s facilities are encouraged and offered amenities to enable them to bicycle to events and worship services.

The church and its members have been advocates for more bicycle lanes throughout the city.  Its Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op organizes regular rides and classes to help more children and adults in Memphis make bicycling part of their daily routines.

“Churches are recognizing the need to support healthy lifestyles, and cycling is certainly a part of that,” says Senior Pastor Rev. Cheryl Cornish.  “Bicycles offer a low-cost, reliable and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation.  We’re excited to see Memphis becoming a bicycle-friendly city and are honored by this designation of our contributions to that effort.”

First Congregational Church is located at 1000 South Cooper Street.  For more information on the church’s bicycle co-op (Revolutions) contact Executive Director Sylvia Crum at 278-6786, ext. 9 or www.revolutionsmemphis.com .  Additional information about the League of American Bicyclists and their Bicycle Friendly Business awards may be found at www.bikeleague.org.