Square to Square, Bike to Baum rides highlight National Bike Month events in Fayetteville

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan speaks during the official grand opening ceremony of the Razorback Greenway last year.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Air up your tires and get ready to hit the trails, everyone. National Bike Month begins on Sunday, May 1.

The month-long celebration is organized by the League of American Bicyclists, and is celebrated in communities all over the United States with a series of events intended to showcase the benefits of bicycling, and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

Cyclists on the Razorback Greenway.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

This year, there are several events planned in Fayetteville and across the region to commemorate the occasion.

The fun begins on Sunday, May 1 with a Bike To Baum ride from Dickson Street to Baum Stadium for the Arkansas versus Texas A&M Baseball game. Cyclists will meet up at the trail crossing on Dickson Street at noon, and will make the two mile fun ride to Baum Stadium. The event will include giveaways, including 30 free tickets to the game sponsored by Adventure Subaru.

Fayetteville Foam Fest this year will include the first ever Cycling Brewery Tour as part of their event this year. The event, just as the name suggests, is a bicycle-led tour of several of Fayetteville’s local breweries along the trail system. Here’s more information.

Walton Arts Center’s annual Artosphere Festival this year will include several bike-friendly events as well, including three “bike-itechture” cycling tours of notable architectural sites in Bentonville and Fayetteville on May 12 and May 21.

On Saturday, May 14, the second annual Square to Square ride will take off from the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, and make its way toward Lawrence Plaza on the Bentonville Square. Finishers of the 32 mile ride will receive a t-shirt, pint glass, and commemorative medal.

Also part of the celebration are the annual Bike to Work Week from May 16-20, Bike to School Day on May 4, and Bike to Work Day on May 20, all encouraging folks to trade in their cars for bicycles for their daily commute.

More information about specific cycling events in May are below. Happy bike month!

Bike to Baum

A map of the Trail Mix concerts for 2016.

What: A two-mile family/social bike ride from Dickson Street to Baum Stadium for the Arkansas versus Texas A&M Baseball game. The event will feature giveaways of items like bike lights and Razorback gear, and 30 folks will get free tickets to the game courtesy of Adventure Subaru. Bicycle valet will be available at the game. After the game, the ride will return to Dickson Street.
Date: Sunday, May 1
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Fayetteville Train Depot
More info: Facebook Event

Bike to School Day

What: Part of National Bike Month, Bike to School Day encourages students to incorporate walking and biking into their daily routines.
Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: All day
More info: walkbiketoschool.org

Fayetteville Foam Fest Brewery Cycling Tour

What: A bicycle tour of several of the local breweries along the Fayetteville Trail System in association with Fayetteville Foam Fest. Tickets are $30-35, and proceeds benefit local charities.
Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: The Bike Route
More info: fayettevillefoamfest.com

Artosphere Trail Mix

What: A series of concerts and performances along the trail system across Northwest Arkansas. Performers include Melody Pond, SoNA Quartet, Fayetteville Old Time Music, The Okee Dokee Brothers, BYOBeat!, Bike Zoo, and others.
Date: Saturday, May 14.
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Several stops along the Razorback Greenway Trail
More info: waltonartscenter.com

Square To Square Ride

What: A 32-mile ride up the Razorback Greenway from Fayetteville to Bentonville. Finishers receive a medal, t-shirt, and pint glass. The ride starts in the Walton Arts Center lot on Dickson Street this year, and ends on Lawrence Square in Bentonville.
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Razorback Greenway
More info: activecommunities.com

Razorback Greenway Birthday Party

What: A celebration of the one year anniversary of the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail at the end of the Square to Square Ride in Bentonville.
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Bentonville Square
More info: nwatrails.org

Bike to Work Week

What: Residents are encouraged to ride their bicycles to work all week as part of The League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike to Work Week.
Dates: May 16-20
More info: bikeleague.org

Bike to Work Day

What: Residents who are unable to ride to work every day during Bike to Work Week are encouraged to try riding to work at least one day on National Bike to Work Day.
Date: Friday, May 20
More info: bikeleague.org

National Bike Challenge

What: The National Bike Challenge is five-month competition to see which community can rally the most residents to bike to work or school. Visit nationalbikechallenge.org for more information.
Dates: May – Sept.
More info: nationalbikechallenge.org

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