May is National Bike Month and there are a number of events happening on or near campus to celebrate & encourage bicycling, improve bike safety, spread bike friendliness around MSU and have some fun along the way.
MSU Active Commuting for Every Body– When: May 10th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
– Where: Rm. 110, Chittenden Hall, MSU
– Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/0HioIni4vzHCd5ik1
Approx. 25 people attended this 1st ever event and we had great open discussion about all forms of commuting to work (other than Single-occupancy-vehicles).
Now that the weather has turned nice, have you ever thought to yourself, “It’s such a nice day! It would be the perfect day to bike or walk to work!” If that thought ever crossed your mind, no matter how fleeting, this event is for you! Join us for a funny and informative brown-bag session from several “regular people” who walk or bike to work on campus.)
– When: May 17, 5:30 pm ~9 pm
– Where: Wells Hall Courtyard (near Starbucks)
In almost perfect weather, on the evening of May 17, 2017, over 250 bicyclists participated in the nine-mile ride from the Wells Hall Plaza at Michigan State University campus to the Michigan State Capital in downtown Lansing.
As in years past, we rode in memory of cyclists who have been killed or injured. This was the 10th annual event held on the MSU campus with the route going thru E. Lansing and Lansing finishing at the State Capitol building steps. It’s a signature event for the TCBA Advocacy Committee and supported with private donations and funds from TCBA.
The post-ride gathering to celebrate the efforts of advocates and others who work towards safer roads and facilities for bicycling in the area was at the Lansing Brewing Company which is becoming one of the most bike-friendly establishments in the Lansing area.
MSU Bikes once again will host the Ride of Silence on the campus for the Greater Lansing area. Approx. 200 people joined in this very significant event the last couple years that honors/ remembers bicyclists who’ve been seriously injured or killed in crashes with motor vehicles. The evening wraps up with an after-party at the Lansing Brewing Co. to celebrate all the hard work area advocates are doing to improve things in the area to make it safer for cycling. The TCBA Advocacy Committee 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 full details and links to photos from last year 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.
5th Annual Bike to Work/ Campus Day Breakfast – When: May 19 – 8:00 am – 9:30 am
– Where: MSU College of Law, Boardroom (Room 343, 3rd floor)
– RSVP here
Approx. 40 campus bicyclists came together for the annual event to hear the thoughts and insights regarding the future of bicycling on and near our campus from the lead of the MSU Sustainable Mobility Plan, Dr. Wolfgang Bauer. Thankfully, Mark Haas, Vice President of Finance & Treasurer, a life-long bicyclist and avid bike commuter, also attended and was able to answer additional questions related to the future of bicycling at MSU.
Join your fellow campus bicyclists to celebrate National Bike to Work/ Campus Day with a free continental breakfast and get inspired by our guest speaker, Dr. Wolfgang Bauer, who will update us on the MSU Sustainable Mobility Plan and how it will positively impact bicycling and other non-motorized modes of transportation on and near campus in the near and long term.
Near Campus & Other Events – Activities
Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day – When: 8:00 am, May 24, 2017
– Where: Lansing Municipal Park
The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association and PEAC will join forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day held at the State Capitol. Volunteers from all four organizations will meet with legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a more bicycle-friendly and safer for Michigan.
- Lansing Bike Party weekly social, slow rides Every Friday evening, starting on campus and from a Lansing location (Lansing Bike Co-op), 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, 2017
Join in this national challenge to win prizes and bragging rights! MSU has a team (MSU Spartan Cyclists) who have done very well within the Big 10 over the past few years. Join in the fun and jump on the MSU peloton!
Here’s a good step-by-step how-to article to help you get started.