May was National Bike Month and there were a bunch of events that happened on or near campus to celebrate & encourage bicycling, improve bike safety, spread bike friendliness around the Midwest and have some fun along the way.
- Our 10th Anniversary & Renovations Open House
May 13, 2-3 pm
Many thanks to those of you who came to the event and celebrated this past decade of spreading bike love on campus with us! Here’s a video of the speeches given during the event.
Greater Lansing/ MSU/ E. Lansing Ride of Silence
May 18, 5:30 pm ~9 pm
MSU Bikes once again hosted the Ride of Silence on the campus for the Greater Lansing area. Approx. 200 people joined in this very significant event that honored/ remembered bicyclists who’ve been seriously injured or killed in crashes with motor vehicles. The evening wrapped up with an after-party at the Midtown Brewing Co. with great entertainment provided by The Fabulous Heftones. We celebrated all the hard work area advocates are doing to improve things in the area to make it safer for cycling. The TCBA Advocacy group is one such group that has monthly meetings open to the public and needs more people concerned about improving our roads. The Facebook event page for the ride has many photos available for your viewing pleasure. There is also a Facebook page for the Greater Lansing Ride of Silence that you might want to plug into to stay abreast.
MSU’s Bike Friendly America Conference
May 19, 8 – 4 pm
This first-year event saw 56 people in attendance for a full day of learning about how to encourage their university, business or community to become more bike friendly. It featured many inspirational speeches and presentations and wrapped up with the Tour de MSU, a ride around the MSU campus and neighboring communities, to experience what’s happening on the streets in our area.
A few photos from the event are below.
We’re looking forward to possibly doing a similar conference next year. Stay tuned!
- Annual Bike to Work/ Campus Day Breakfast
May 20 – 7:30 – 9:30 am
Twenty-six dedicated campus bicyclists got together at the Brody Cafeteria to celebrate National Bike to Work/ Campus Day with a breakfast and were inspired by our guest speakers, Steve Clark, Bike Friendly Community Coach for the League of American Bicyclists, and Steve Sanders, Bicycle Coordinator for the Univ. of MN – Minneapolis, a Platinum Bike Friendly University.Some photos from the event below:
2nd Annual Greater Lansing Bike Movie Night
May 20 – 7 – 11 pm Well over 100 people came out for an evening of 25 great short bike movies courtesy of the Tri-County Bike Association & their Advocacy Committee and other area sponsors. Once again, thanks to the Kalamazoo Bike Film Festival organizers this series of shorts proved to be a blast and delivered many moments of the joys of bicycling of the entire spectrum of pedaling and human-powered machines!
Near Campus & Other Events – Activities
- Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day
May 25, 2016
The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association and PEAC joined forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day held at the State Capitol on Wednesday May 25th, 2016. Volunteers from all four organizations met with legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a more bicycle-friendly Michigan.
- Lansing Bike Party weekly social, slow rides
Every Friday evening, starting near campus (Peanut Barrel & The Avenue, Lansing), these are a great way to meet new friends and discover the hidden gems of the Greater Lansing area.
- Kidical Mass Lansing (MI) Area – A Family Bike Ride
Monthly rides through the warm months of the year for families with younger kids. Next ride, Sunday May 15-Patriarche Park, 2pm.
- National Bike Challenge
May 1 – Sept. 30, 2016
Join in this national challenge to win prizes and bragging rights! MSU has a team (of sorts) who have done very well within the Big 10 over the past few years. Join in the fun and jump on the MSU peloton!