2011 BIKE! Charlotte Kick Off

April 28, 2011 10:24 pm

Charlotte, NC2011 BIKE! Charlotte encourages families, friends and colleagues to break out the bike and integrate it into their daily routine. The theme this year is “Where Will Your Ride Go?” For a complete listing of events, please visit the website: www.bikecharlotte.org.

Begin the 17-days of fun this Friday morning. April 29 by riding with Mayor Anthony Foxx, City Council Members, County Commissioners and other City leaders, then enjoy a delicious breakfast on us! Here are details:

What: Find Your Center Mayor’s Ride/Bike to Breakfast: with Ruth’s Chris

Start Location: Dowd YMCA (400 E. Morehead St.) in the parking lot behind the Y.

End Location: Wells Fargo Plaza, 301 S. Tryon Street around 7:45am

Breakfast: Ruth’s Chris will be providing complimentary breakfast featuring items from their Sunday Brunch menu to riders immediately following the ride at the Wells Fargo Atrium. Chick-Fil-A is our coffee and fruit sponsor, providing piping hot coffee and delicious fruit cups for riders.

Cost: FREE

Be sure to register for a chance to win a beautiful Bianchi Torino Commuter Bike from Queen City Cycles. You can fill out a form on site or go to FindYourCenter.com to sign up!

Other Center City 2011 BIKE! Charlotte event highlights include:

• South End Bike First Friday Gallery Crawl – May 6 – 6:30pm Experience the South End Gallery Crawl in the open air and on a bike. We will have a limited number of bikes available. Meet in the parking lot of Icehouse south End at 6:00pm for directions on how to hit the galleries by bike. Ride starts at 6:30pm.

• Bike Commuter Breakfast – May 13 at 7:00am – 8:30am at Lola’s at 300 S. Brevard (corner of Brevard and MLK) – Join other commuter cyclists to share tips, ideas and have fun getting to know each other. Have muffins, juice, coffee, fellowship and information exchange.

• Tour de Light Rail – May 13 – Start location is Inside-Our Sports Charlotte 1514 S. Church Street – Hop on the Light Rail path and ride down to Scaleybark and back towards Morehead, passing all the great shops and restaurants along the way. The ride is approximately 6 miles. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Post-ride refreshments at the Common Market.

• Cycle Charlotte – “Experience Charlotte Without a Windshield” – May 14 – Starts at 10:00am – A bicycle festival promoting a friendly and safe environment for bicycle transportation in the Queen City. Includes a children’s bicycle safety rodeo, a police-supported 15 and 30-mile ride through Uptown Charlotte and surrounding neighborhoods and an after-party with food, drinks and live music. Location is Icehouse South End. Ride is 10:00am – 3:00pm. Music is 3:00pm until. Ride is $20 and includes ride, food and entry into live music. Cyclecharlotte.org to register in advance or for more information.

2011 BIKE! Charlotte events include guided rides, bike tours, kids’ bicycle safety rodeos, maintenance clinics, mountain bike races, promotions, bike demos, the Charlotte Cycle Festival and the Historic 38th Annual Dilworth Criterium Bike Race. There are also many great promotions, including passengers who use their bikes on CATS buses or the LYNX train can ride free May 1-9, 2011.

BIKE! Charlotte is a City of Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) sponsored event. Charlotte Sports Cycling is the event management company that organizes and promotes BIKE! Charlotte. Charlotte Sports Cycling works with many of the local bike shops, cycling clubs and advocacy groups to host one of Charlotte’s most healthy and inspiring events.

For more information about BIKE! Charlotte, go to www.bikecharlotte.org. Contact Neal Boyd of Charlotte Sports Cycling – nealboyd@charlottesportscycling.com for more information or Ken Tippette of CDOT – ktippette@ci.charlotte.nc.us.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) more than 400 employees work together to ensure we accomplish our mission to provide safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. Well-paved streets with lighting, safe and accessible sidewalks, bicycle lanes, neighborhood traffic programs and efficient intersections are examples of how CDOT is “Connecting Charlotte.”

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