Sunday, May 13, 2012

Additional Event:

Monday, May 14
Active Transportation Expo at the University of Rochester (11am-2:30pm) 
In celebration of National Bike Week, the University will host an "Active Transportation Expo" from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, in URMC's Flaum Atrium. If you've ever considered walking, running or biking to work, you won't want to miss the chance to mingle with like-minded employees at this informational fair featuring area organizations and retail stores that provide gear and services for the active transportation lifestyle.  Vendor participants include Cyclopedia Rochester, UR Security, Fleet Feet, Jim Dalberth Sporting Goods, RGRTA, Rochester Cycling Alliance, Georgen Athletic Center, Well-U, UR Sustainability and City Cycles.
Location: URMC's Flaum Atrium

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Event List

For more information on Rochester's Bike Week, feel free to contact one of Bike Week's coordinators listed in the sidebar.

We are happy to help with any and all bike week questions whether they be event information, promotion, volunteers, or just helping you get out on your bike this year! (If you don’t have a bike, Ben is more than happy to help you remedy that, just give him a call at the number listed in the sidebar.)

Monday, May 14th
  • Landmark Ride (2pm - 4pm)
    • Description: Relaxed Tour of Rochester’s many landmark buildings by bike.
    • Location:  GVP, near the gazebo. (North-East section of the park, South of U of R.)
    • Contact: Ben Schmidt

  • Espresso Express (6:30pm - 9:30pm)
    • Description: A mellow jaunt from caffeine joint to caffeine joint touring Rochester along the way.
    • Location: Acanthus (337 East Ave.)
    • Contact: Chris - 585 319 5999

Tuesday, May 15th
  • Flour City Flower Ride (10am - 2pm)
    • Description: Help to plant a community garden as we ride around the city collecting what we need to make it happen. Bring a musical instrument, if you have one.
    • Location: Highland Park Reservoir
    • Contact: Ben Schmidt

  • Bike Commuter Workshop
    • Description: Learn how to be a better bike commuter, or just what you need to get started.
    • Location: Towners Bike Shop (1048 University Avenue)
    • Contact: Bill Collins -

Wednesday, May 16th
  • Dogtown (7pm - 9:30pm)
    • Description: Join us on our weekly Wednesday night ride around the city. Bicycle check over before ride starting at 5:00.
    • Location: Dogtown with overflow at Blessed Sacrament
    • Contact: Ben Schmidt or John Kennedy

    • Description: A service for fallen cyclists followed by a silent procession of cyclists.
    • Location: Penfield Highway Department parking lot on Jackson Rd
    • Contact:

Thursday, May 17th
  • Civil Rights History Ride (4pm - 6:30pm)
    • Description: A youth oriented tour of the history of Rochester’s role in advancing racial and gender equality throughout the city's southwest.
    • Location: The Boys and Girls Club (500 Genesee St.)
    • Contact: John Kennedy

Friday, May 18th
  • Youth Ride (9:30am)
    • Description: Easy, slow-paced family-ride of cyclists of all ages. Grandparents, moms, dads, kids, bike trailers, etc. welcomed. Bring your helmets, and we'll ride for about 30 minutes, going South on the Canal Path.
    • Location: Meet at the Sam Patch docking area at Schoen Place (on the Erie Canal path, just outside Naples Creek Shoe Store),We'll ride for about 30 minutes, going South on the Canal Path.
    • Contact: Elinor Freer -

  • Light up the Night (Sundown)
    • Description: Time to be seen. Put as many lights on your bicycle as you can and hit the streets. And what’s lights without a little bit of music to go with it. Is Rochester ready for a dance party on wheels? (best for those comfortable riding at night, and lovers of bright lights)
    • Time: The party starts at Sundown (look it up!)
    • Location: Top of Cobb’s Hill
    • Contact: Ben Schmidt

Saturday, May 19th
  • Eastside Hop to Palmyra (9:00am)
    • Description: 23 miles flat on the stone-dust Erie Canal Trail to Palmyra, rest stop in Palmyra.
    • Location: Perinton Park, Fairport Road Route 31F, at the Erie Canal
    • Contact:

  • Rochester Police Department Bike Rodeo (10am - 3pm)
    • Description: A Bike Rodeo hosted by the RPD to help kids practice their cycling skills, learn the rules of the road, and become better, smarter, and safer cyclists.
    • Location: War Memorial parking lot

  • GROC Mountain Bike Guided Tour (10am)
    • Description: Got a mountain bike that’s never seen a trail before? Like riding a bit off road, but nervous about venturing out? Let the Genesee Regional Off-road Cyclists help you through the learning process and get exposed to a great new way to get outside.
    • Location: Meets at Dryer Road Park
    • Contact: RSVP to Mark Rosenzweig -

  • Genesee Valley Greenway Tour (1-3pm)
    • Description: This 15 mile ride experiences a tunnel of green as it traverses south to a historic stone lock and double-arched culvert.
    • Location: starts and ends at the front door of the ice rink/swimming pool (149 Elmwood Ave.) in Genesee Valley Park
    • Contact: David Shaw -

  • Art Gallery Ride/Bike Week Bike Art Party (7 pm)
    • Description: Exploratory jaunt to various galleries and community spaces showcasing local artists work.
    • Location: Memorial Art Gallery Parking lot
    • Contact: Ben Schmidt
Sunday, May 20th
  • Hell bent for Breakfast (6:30am)
    • Description: 19 miles flat on the Erie Canal and paved roads to Fairport for breakfast
    • Location: South Clinton Avenue Erie Canal Parking Trailhead
    • Contact:

  • Seersucker Social (10 am)
    • Description: A chance to show off your cool digs and fancy pants. Bring your best seersucker suit, hat, vest, or pants and enjoy a wonderfully relaxing Sunday ride.  Best for well dressed ladies and gents.
    • Location: Lake Riley @ Cobb’s Hill
    • Contact:

  • Record Store Ride (6 pm)
    • Description: Music is the heartbeat of the city and the record stores set the rhythm.  This ride shows our appreciation for the work that they do to get those groovy vibes under our helmets.
    • Location: Needle Drop Records (South and Gregory)
    • Contact: Lucas Hadley - (678) 360-2151

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's Official!

This afternoon, thronged by a cluster of supportive cyclists, Mayor Tom Richards proclaimed Bike Week in the city of Rochester to be May 13th through May 19th! (This year the week will run from the 14th through the 20th.) We are in the process of handing out snappy flyers and posters with a list of scheduled rides, but for the time being you can also find a list of scheduled rides at

Rochester Bike Week 2012

May is national bike month, and this year to celebrate the simple, elegant, and extremely efficient machine that is the bicycle, along with the community of people moving them forward, the Rochester Cycling Alliance, Rochester Bicycling Club, and the City of Rochester are sponsoring Rochester’s very own bike week!

Bike Week is Rochester’s personal spin on National Bike month, bike to work week, and bike to school week running from May 14th to the 20th. Each ride will highlight a different aspect of the cycling community, while at the same time showcasing the amazing people, places, and things that make Rochester great.

Our goal is to bring the joy of cycling to people of all ages and abilities, highlight city investments in bicycling infrastructure, demonstrate the size and strength of the the cycling community, and promote awareness to the many benefits of the bicycle as transportation, recreation, exploration, and utility.

Welcome to our homepage, and enjoy the week!