Bike to Work Week opens with elected officials, closes with people in the streets
The Triangle celebrates National Bike to Work Week with North Carolina’s first ‘open-streets’ event in Durham and regional events
Elected officials will help launch Bike to Work Week in the Triangle on May 14th at 3p.m with a Kick-Off Event in Marbles Kids Museum’s Courtyard in the 200 block of E. Hargett St in Downtown Raleigh. This is the second year the fun, family-friendly Kick-Off Event has started regional Bike to Work Week festivities with activities that provide information and safety gear to both commuter and recreational cyclists. This year, National Bike to Work Week is from Monday, May 17 – Friday, May 21st.
During Bike to Work Week’s Kick-Off Event on May 14th, there will be the Bicycle Transportation Information Exchange at 4p.m. with Representative Pricey Harrison and Wake County Commissioner Joe Bryan providing opening remarks. There will be cycling information and free safety accessories for cyclists of all ages and experience levels, refreshments provided by Roly Poly of Downtown Raleigh and Coca-Cola Bottling Co, and a group ride and bicycle rodeo.
This year introduces the first event of its kind to the Triangle and North Carolina – Bull City Summer Streets. A project of Clean Energy Durham, Triangle Transit, GoTriangle, Partnership for a Healthy Durham and Durham CAN, Bull City Summer Streets is an open street event in the Central Park District of Durham. On May 23rd from 2p.m. to 6p.m., a one mile loop of city streets will be closed to driving but open for walking, biking, dancing and enjoying what Downtown Durham has to offer.
Some of the events held throughout the Triangle region include:
- “Ask the Expert” bike inspections provided by The Bicycle Chain at Apex’s Farmers Market (May 15th)
- Sales and Free Inspections at local bike shops in Chapel Hill and Carrboro (running May 17th to May 21st)
- A Park and Pedal for North Raleigh Commuters from North Hills to Downtown Raleigh (May 18th)
- Cyclists’ Breakfast hosted at RTP Headquarters (May 21st)
- Cyclists’ Socials at Alivia’s Durham Bistro on Main St. (May 19th) and Porter’s Tavern on Hillsborough St in Raleigh (May 21st)
- Bike Chapel Hill – Carrboro Bicycle Tour, Riding with Elected Officials (May 21st)
- Free screening of Triplets of Belleville at NC State University’s Witherspoon Hall in Raleigh (May 21st)
- Bull City Summer Streets in Central Park Durham (May 23rd)
Locally, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, and GoTriangle plan, fund, and promote cycling activities in conjunction with local municipalities, universities and sponsors. For a complete listing of events and details, please visit www.GoTriangle.org/BTWW.