Bike Week Events Galore!

A young parishioner helps out at last year's Blessing of the Bikes in Jamaica Plain.

It’s that time of year again, and Boston’s bike scene is exploding. All hands on deck this week as Boston’s bike scene comes together in all its variety to cash in on free pancakes, free bike repair, free talks, races, and pretty much everything under the sun. It’s also a great time contribute some volunteer time to your local bike group (hint hint).

On Sunday, May 13, Bike Week begins with a bang (but don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day too!). You can introduce mom to the Boston Bicycle Belles on their CycloFemme Women’s Ride to the Arboretum and then head over to get your bikes repaired and blessed at the annual Blessing of the Bikes, co-sponsored by the Boston Cyclists Union. Email the Bike Union if you’d like to come help do some repair (amateurs welcome).

On Monday, fill up on free breakfast in Dorchester, take in a Rush Hour Race in Somerville, and then head over to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission for an open house highlighting updates on their bike infrastructure map for Eastern Mass.

Tuesday brings more free breakfast, this time at Broadway Bikes in Cambridge (10% off on parts and accessories for Union members too!) and then cyclists can choose between the cerebral and the physical, with national authorities on traffic calming and freeway removal Peter Park and Ian Lockwood speaking at the Boston Cyclists Union’s “Reclaiming Neighborhoods: Better Living with Less Traffic event in Charlestown and free tool time at the Community Spoke in Jamaica Plain.

Wednesday – more free breakfast! This time in Somerville.

Get serious at the statehouse with the Boston Cyclists Union, MassBike and WalkBoston on Thursday with the first annual Walk/Bike Summit. Come let your legislators know how important better biking is to you!

Friday bright and early it’s time to join the Boston Cyclists Union and just about every bike group around the city on City Hall Plaza for Mayor Menino’s Bike Festival!

Keep the party going on Saturday by volunteering for the Bike Union at Radio 92.9’s Earthfest, email the Bike Union to RSVP and get the details!

On Sunday there’s no slowing down either. Choose between the Brookline Bicycle Committee’s Brookline Bike Parade or the Bikeyface! Bikenic on the Boston Common, and then join the Somerville Bike Committee for a history tour of their town.

By the way, it’s also Bike Month! Stay tuned to the Boston Cyclists Union Online Calendar for bike events all year round!

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