El Paso, TX (KTSM) — May is National Bike Month and people who ride bicycles in El Paso have a lot to celebrate. El Paso is on the verge of launching the first Bike Share system in West Texas, forming its first Bicycle Advisory Committee, and raising the caliber of bike lanes to meet improved national standards.
On Thursday, May 1 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 p.m., El Paso Bike Month organizers and participants will launch a month’s worth of free events, workshops, and rides after Mayor Pro Tempore Niland publically proclaims May Bike Month in El Paso.
The kick-off ride will be an easy, family-friendly ride of less than 5 miles on generally flat streets.
“The awareness level in the community on bicycling and the number of people on bicycles has definitely grown since last May,” said Antonio Garza, one of the lead organizers for El Paso Bike Month. “Our goal is to encourage more people to ride their bikes, which is why we offer free, fun events for the entire community.”
The wide variety of events for the month of May iinclude:
- May 9: Glow in the Night Ride – Light up the night, be safe, be seen
- May 10: Kidical Mass at the Downtown Farmers Market – Live music, art activities and free bike safety class for children and families
- May 11: Mother’s Day/Cyclofemme Ride – Spend an afternoon with mothers and grandmothers while learning about the bicycles role as a powerful tool for women’s rights.
- May 14: Sister City Ride to Ciudad Juarez
- May 16: No Pants Ride
- May 17: Pedal to the Petals – Ride to promote community gardens and bicycling
- May 23: Zombies from Outer Space – The Zombie Apocalypse descends on El Paso
- May 29: Bike to the Ballpark for Go Green Night at Southwest University Park
The full calendar of Bike Month events, along with background information and resources, is posted at www.elpasobikemonth.com . For more information, you can also visit El Paso Bike Month on Facebook .