June 3, 2015 Leave a comment
May was packed with a variety of bike fun and now we’re off and rolling for the rest of the great riding season. The National Bike Challenge continues thru into September, so don’t forget to log your miles for Team MSU! Some photos and brief reports follow below:
Greater Lansing Bike Film Festival – Friday, May 29th
MSU Bikes was delighted to team up with the Tri-County Bike Association and other supporters to have our first ever bike movie night on May 29th, 2015, which was the last Friday of National Bike Month. The event, which over 100 people attended, was held at the Midtown Brewing Company, one of Lansing’s finest brew pubs. Donations of $300+ were split evenly with three local bike programs (Kids [Bike] Repair Program of Lansing, Share a Bike of E. Lansing and the Lansing Bike Co-op). The movies were provided by the good folks of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival, an annual event that has been showing great bike movies since 2010. It was a wonderful show of 22 short movies spanning the entire spectrum of bicycling.
3rd Annual MSU Bike to Work & Campus Breakfast – May 15
The Breakfast honored and recognized those who bicycle to work/ campus and celebrate bicycling on National Bicycle to Work Day was a success with 31 attendees (18 who rode their bikes despite the nasty rain we had that morning!). A free breakfast in the the Brody Square Cafeteria greeted those who attended. Attendees also enjoyed free bicycle valet parking provided by Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council just outside the main entrance to Brody Hall.
National Bike Challenge Started May 1! Join in the Fun!
Calling all MSU bicyclists! It’s not too late to join the Challenge that’s started May 1! If you’ve never participated in the past, it’s very easy to join the fun. You’ll be eligible for great prizes and get to see how your miles compare to others at MSU and around the country! Be sure you’re registered under MSU as your school and then our miles will all be counted together! (We don’t have a Team MSU per se as there are limits on how big a team can be and other logistical headaches). Here’s the MSU profile page to see who else is riding (scroll down the page). Full details: https://nationalbikechallenge.org
Tour de MSU Campus 2015 – Inaugural fun, slow, social ride – May 13
About 20 MSU bicyclists enjoyed a slow, social ride around campus to see all the newer bike-friendly facilities that have been installed in the past bunch of years. We discussed challenging aspects and features we rode past that remained for MSU to progress towards a gold and someday a platinum Bike Friendly University. The tour stops are detailed on the event page.
Greater Lansing – MSU Ride of Silence – May 20th
The 9th Greater Lansing Ride of Silence rolled along with 340 other events around the globe on May 20, 2015. It’s an event that has been happening annually since the 1st one in Dallas, TX in 2003 on the same day (3rd Wed. in May) to remember and honor bicyclists who’ve been hit and killed or seriously injured. More details: http://advocacy.biketcba.org/activities/ride-of-silence/ Learn more about the global event here: http://rideofsilence.org/main.php
Some photos taken by Tim Potter from the event are below; many more can be seen here. Photos that appeared in the Lansing State Journal can be viewed here. Video of the event taken from a camera on the ghost bike mounted on the lead trailer here. Article about the event that appeared in the Lansing State Journal here.