Friday, April 12, 2013

RocBikeWeek 2013 Planning Underway!

Working Schedule 2013 (subject to change):

May 9th:

  • City's Bike Week kickoff (10am) -  The Public Market
May 11th: 
  • Ride your bike to the Public Market! (6am-2pm) - If you ride to the market on May 11th, you will get a free market shopping bag.  Avoid the gasoline-powered traffic jam and enjoy bicycle rock-star parking at the Market's bike racks.  Bring your panniers to take home lots of goodies!
  • Lilac Festival parade - Bicycle Lifestyle entry (8am-Noon) - Dress up your bike and ride in the Lilac Festival parade!  Our entry will include bikes of all kinds and cyclists of all ages.  Add your colorful ride to bicycles of all flavors: road bikes, mountain bikes, fixies, unicycles, tall bikes, choppers, tricycles, recumbents, training wheels, and more!
  • Bike/Therapy: Street Art Bicycle Tour (2:30-5:30pm) - As part of Rochester Bike Week, this will be a ride showcasing SOME of the street art in Rochester. There is simply too much to cover in a couple of hours, so we have put together a route highlighting a selection of murals from the Wall/Therapy and Visual Intervention projects. More info:

    This ride also highlights some of the work done by FUA Krew (an international group of graffiti artists that was formed in the Rochester nearly 30 years ago.)


    9.75 miles (starts and ends at the Public Market Union Street Entrance).

    Speed: leisurely to moderate with frequent stops.

 May 12th:  

Nothing Scheduled Yet =(

 May 13th: 
  • Lilac Ride (6-9pm) - Join this moderate-paced evening family ride through Highland Park to see Rochester's famous lilacs and along the beautiful Genesee River Greenway, and enjoy a treat with your fellow cyclists afterward.  All riders welcome; nobody gets left behind!

May 14th: 

  • Ride your bike to the Public Market! (7am-Noon)
  • 2013 Rochester Bicycle Film Festival (6:30-10:30pm) - On May 14th, Tuesday of Bicycle Week, Rochester's 2013 Bicycle Film Festival will be held at the landmark Cinema Theatre at Goodman St and Clinton Avenue.

    In the Cinema Theatre tradition of the double feature, we will be showcasing two feature films.

    With My Own Two Wheels is an award-winning documentary about the power of bicycles to enhance lives and improve communities. Filmed in multiple locations around the globe, it showcases how ingenuity, determination, and this simple machine can bring great benefit to people practically and economically.

    Race Across America is filmmaker Stephen Auerbach's exploration of this amazing 3000 mile, 10 day race. It is a story of grit and determination, tucked away from the money and glory of high-profile professional team bicycle racing. The competitors challenge themselves and each other in near obscurity, testing their mental, physical, and emotional endurance in what has been described as one of world's most grueling races.

    Between these two films, take a few moments for refreshments and a chance to chat with friends, and enjoy a series of entertaining 3 minute “bike shorts!” We will be featuring short films which have won bicycle film festival awards, as well as premiering an entirely Rochester hometown short bike film.

    The evening's events will be rounded out by cycling goodies, news, and information available in the lobby, as well as entertaining slides in the pre-film “preview” slide loop.

    The 2013 Rochester Bicycle Film Festival is a noncommercial venture provided for the entertainment of our community. Proceeds of the Festival will benefit World Bicycle Relief ( Their mission statement: “In the hands of a student, healthcare worker or entrepreneur, this bicycle is life changing. Individuals, communities, and entire economies are empowered. On average each bicycle in the field improves 5 people's lives.”
May 15th: 
  • Ride of Silence (6:30-8:30pm) - Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

    Meet in Penfield Highway Department Parking Lot.

    The purpose of the Ride of Silence is:
    -> To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
    -> To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
    -> To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

    On May 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

  • Wednesday Night Cruise (7pm) - This ride takes place weekly, outside of Rochester Bike Week. Cyclists of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome. This ride hits trails occasionally, but riders should be comfortable riding along side city traffic.

    Meetup: Manhattan Square Park Ice Rink (which is a fountain in the summer) -353 Court St, Rochester, NY

    Info from RocWiki: WNC, formally known as the Dogtown Ride: Meet at MSP at 6:30-7:30PM (varies seasonally) for 20+ mile ride. Ten miles per hour is the speed limit, which is leisurely yet moderately fast. Occasionally has a theme. This is a great way to see Rochester, from the fun places to the not-so-great places. If you're into urban exploring, this is your ride. All bikes welcome. 
May 16th: 

  • Ride your bike to the Public Market! (7am-Noon)

  • Tryon Bike Road Ride - (6pm) These rides happen every Thursday Starting April 18th. Parking for this years rides will be at the Post Office lot across the street from the shop. Please park at the rear of the lot against the trees. The rides will start and end in the shop parking lot near the front door. The first three rides of the month will begin and finish at the shop on Winton Road North. Beginning in May, the last ride of each month will be an off site ride, the location of which will vary from month to month.

    Reminders of the ride will be posted in the Tryon Bike shop forum: and on the Tryon Bike Facebook Page: Routes will still be posted at for preview and GPS downloads.

    Helmets are still a requirement and all riders are kindly requested to follow the rules of the road while riding. Blinky lights and road bikes are also recommended.  The lycra-clad gang usually goes out for 2+ hours averaging 16-18mph.  

  • Bicycle Polo demonstration (7-10pm) - Info coming soon.
May 17th: 

  • Bike Breakfast To Work (7-9am) - Details TBD. Meet and greet other bicycle commuters at bike breakfast events in various locations around the community.
    Suggested venues:
    Towners Bike Shop, University Ave
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    University of Rochester
    Full Moon Vista, South Wedge
    Brighton 12 Corners
    RVE - Fairport

  • The 13th Annual Ride for Missing Children - (6:45am-5:30pm)
    Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the Ride for Missing Children is a 100-mile ride made by over 180 pledged bicycle riders or "Friends of Missing Children" that raises funds to support prevention education programs and to remember all missing children. Meetup at Total Sports Experience in Gates.

    More Info -
  • Light Up The Night (8pm) - 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). Meet at the top of Cobbs Hill Park (by the skyline outlook). Ride leaves shortly after sundown. Don't be anti-social, get there early.
May 18th: 

  • Ride your bike to the Public Market! (6am-2pm)
May 19th:


Brighton's "Curb Your Car Week" May 12-18th

The Curb Your Car Week program encourages the use of cheaper, healthier, and more earth-friendly transportation alternatives.

During one week in spring and one week in fall, asks residents from Brighton and around, who normally use an automobile for daily transportation, to consider walking, biking, car pooling, or riding the bus as alternatives.

Register your pledge now to help us tally results.

Prizes will be awarded to high mileage savers, and randomly to participants. Prizes may include environmental books for children and adults, home energy audits, energy saving small appliances such as lighting, donated by area businesses.
Additional Info:

If you are interested in hosting a ride or an event for bike week please contact or Let's try to make rides in time slots that don't have one yet.

More info:

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