It’s National Bike Month! And for us Bay Area locals, things can get pretty confusing. For example May 11th was San Francisco’s annual Bike to Work Day, but the National Bike to Work Day is actually May 19th. To help clear the confusion, we’ve created a list of some of the coolest National Bike Month events across Northern California so you can celebrate the month properly.
Wednesday, May 17 at 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM in San Francisco
Ride of Silence
San Francisco’s annual Ride of Silence is to honor those that have been injured or killed while biking. The ride will take place in over 50 countries around the world the third Wednesday of May. The ride will have thousands of participants, and will be a silent 11 mile ride that will visit high injury cycling routes and sites of recent cycling fatalities.
5:30 pm: Refreshments and Program
7:00 pm: The ride begins
Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM in San Francisco
Laughing Monk’s May #RaiseAGlass fundraiser will honor National Bike Month! $1 from every beer sold will be donated to the SF Bicycle Coalition and the California Bicycle Coalition. Plus there will be awesome grilled cheese from the Grilled Cheese Guy.
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm in San Jose
San Jose Bike Party
San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time. It happens the every third Friday of each month at 8 pm. San Jose is HUGE, but spread out. So enjoy the city and make it feel a little bit smaller.
There will be food vendors, music, and lots of bikes.
Saturday, May 20 at 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM in San Francisco
Women Bike SF ride to Marin Museum of Bicycling
Ladies, this one is for you! Meet at Flywheel coffee for a quick cup of joe. From there you will take off at 9am, ride 21 miles to the Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax.
Take a brown bag lunch break in the museum’s courtyard and bike to the Larkspur ferry terminal to arrive back in San Francisco by 2:30pm.
Sunday, May 21 at 9:30 AM in Dublin
Community Bike Ride Dublin
Join in on a fun local bike ride through Dublin and Pleasanton, led by Mike’s Bikes of Pleasanton. Riders will meet at Mike’s Bikes, located at 6754 Bernal Avenue in the Pleasanton Gateway Center, at 9:30 a.m. to get checked in and enjoy refreshments. This event is for all skill levels and will begin at 10am.
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Albany
Bike-In Movie Night: “Cool Runnings” & Free Popcorn
Location: Albany Community Center | 1249 Marin Ave, Albany, CA
Join them at the Albany Community Center for a “Bike in Movie.” They will be showing “Cool Runnings,” a film that will spark your quest for the ultimate drive.
Saturday, May 27 at 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM in San Francisco
Bike to Books
The best of what San Francisco has to offer! Combining history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration, “Bikes to Books” began as an homage to the 1988 street-naming project spearheaded by City Lights founder and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The project renamed 12 San Francisco streets after famous artists and authors who had once made San Francisco their home. The 7.1-mile tour is a unique way to celebrate both the literary and adventurous spirit of this great city. Learn about the authors and neighborhoods that made San Francisco a literary hub, from Jack London to Jack Kerouac.
Meet at 12:45 pm at Jack London Alley, Northside of South Park in San Francisco
Ride will begin at 1 pm sharp
Ride will end at approximately 4 pm in North Beach, outside City Lights Books.
Know of an event we haven’t mentioned? Send us a message and we’ll add it to the calendar! Happy National Bike Month from the Espin team!