East Tennessee Celebrates Bike Month in May
May is National Bike Month, and the Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program has a variety of events scheduled to celebrate here in East Tennessee.
Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20. Stop by Market Square between 7:30-8:30 a.m. as you bike to work to grab a biscuit from Pete’s and coffee donated by Trio Café. Prizes will be awarded at 8 a.m. to the best-dressed bike commuters. If you want some company along your route to work, bike to work convoys will head to Market Square from the east, west, north and south leaving from designated locations.
The first I Bike KNX Festival will be held Sunday, May 22 from 2-5 p.m. in Tyson Park. Fun for all ages and all bicyclists, this event will include a Bicycle Bingo scavenger hunt, kids bike parade, pedal-powered smoothies, track stand contest, gear swap area, booths from area bike shops and bike clubs and much more.
Townsend’s Child Safety Day, Saturday, May 14, will include a bike rodeo. Held 12-4 p.m. on Town Square Drive in Townsend, this free event teaches kids basic bicycle skills and features bike safety checks.
There are many bike rides throughout the month, including beginner rides each Saturday, led by Mast General Store and leaving from Market Square at 9 a.m.
For those who have been thinking about biking to work or school, Bike Commuting 101 classes will be held at Mast General Store on May 9 at 6 p.m. and at Cycology Bicycles in Maryville on May 11 at 7 p.m. Also, bike shops in Knox and Blount counties will be holding basic bike repair classes throughout May.
A complete listing of Bike Month rides, classes and events is available online.