Saturday, April 27, 2013

RocBikeWeek 2013 Planning Updated!

Working Schedule 2013 (subject to change):

May 9th:
  • City's Bike Week Kick-Off (10am) -  Meet at Rochester’s Public Market near the new pedestrian/bike/shuttle bridge over Union Street. Deputy Mayor Leonard E. Redon will read our Bike Week 2013 proclamation. Ribbon Cutting on new sheltered bike racks. Bring your bike to celebrate Bike Week 2013
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!

    The parade assembly area is at South Avenue and Science Park.  Plan to arrive around 8:00 AM; the assembly area is closed (no participants may enter) after 8:30.  The parade begins at 10:30, so we have two hours to decorate bikes (Bring Your Own Flowers!), organize, and socialize.

    The parade route goes north on South Avenue to Highland Avenue, then east to Goodman Street.  Parades are characterized by lots of stop-and-go, so you will probably have your feet on the ground a lot!  We will have many types of bike and many groups participating; this will be a celebration of the many facets of the Rochester bicycle community.

    Car parking is not provided. You will have to figure that one out, or better yet, ride your bike to the festival!
  • 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:  

  • Ride With Rochester Bicycling Club (9am-12:30am) - Ride Options:

    9AM - North Chili, Meet at Town Plaza. Flat, Slow and Easy. 18 Miles. Stopping for food.
    Contact: Christine D,, 585-880-5234

    9AM - Honeoye Falls, Meet at Town park. Hilly ride, 32 Miles.
    Contact: Otto MG, 585-330-9593

    10:30AM - Naples Ridge, Meet at Honeoye Central School, VERY Hilly, 33 Miles.
    Contact: Otto MG, 585-330-9593
  • Cyclopedia Kick-Off, Boys & Girls Clubs Tour and Bicycle Safety Course (11am-3pm) - Meet at 500 Genesee Street for the Kick-Off of Cyclopedia's 4th season. Reconnect with the kids, their families, the ride leaders, and Club staff.  Food and drink will be available to munch on while we mingle and watch a slide show featuring photos taken by our 2012 Cyclopedia participants.

    Boys & Girls Clubs Tour and Bicycle Safety Course at 1pm.
    Hosted by Cyclopedia Rochester, MVP Health Care Cycling, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester. If you have your own bike, bring it along! If you don't, borrow one of ours!
 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!
    Meet up at Full Moon Vista (661 South Ave.)

May 14th: 
  • Ride your bike to the Public Market! (7am-Noon) 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!
  • 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.”

    Tickets are $6.00, available through your Local Bicycle Shop, and may sell out! If you ride your bike to the event and show your helmet with your ticket, receive a $1.00 cash rebate. Bike parking provided. More info at:
May 15th: 
  • GCCS Bike Train (7:30-8:00am) - This event is open to experienced bicycle commuters that would like to help Escort students from Genesee community Charter School on their morning bike train. Please confirm your name and experience at

    The sixth grade class at Genesee Community Charter School took on the challenge of learning about and promoting Rochester’s Bicycle Master Plan as part of their capstone research project. On this day, there will be two bike trains to school.
    Here are the maps and approximate stop times associated with these routes:
    Train Begins: Gregory Hill and Meigs Street 7:30am
    First Stop: Linden Street Playground 7:35am
    Second Stop: Broadway and Meigs 7:41am
    Third Stop: Harvard Street and Meigs 7:45am
    Arrive at GCCS: 7:50am

    Train Begins: Tops Parking Lot at the Blossom Road and Winton Road 7:30am
    First Stop: Hampden Road and Blossom Road 7:35am
    Second Stop: Culver Road and University Ave 7:40am
    Third Stop: Writers and Books Playground (Merriman and University) 7:45am
    Arrive at GCCS: 7:50am
  • 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) 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!
  • 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) - Monroe Square Parking Lot (259 Monroe Ave).  Flour City Hardcourt will put on bike polo demonstration matches.
May 17th: 

  • Bike To Work (All Day) - Great day for you and your co-workers to bike to work. People are also encouraged to bike to work year round and throughout bike week. Sheltered bike racks located in several downtown parking garages. Event bike racks will be located at City Hall, 30 Church St and the Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange Blvd. Bike posts and racks located throughout the city
  • 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 -
  • 2013 BikeMS Ride (5:30-7pm) - Meet at Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport, 661 South Ave. This ride occurs the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. 14 mph pace. On-street parking available. Contact: or call 585-271-0805
  • 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.

    Car parking is available in the Lake Riley lot on Norris Drive by Culver. DON'T PARK on Reservoir Road- you won't be able to get your car after the ride, because the gates to that part of the park will have closed. The best option is obviously not to bring a car. If you don't wish to trek up the hill for the beautiful view, the ride will swing by the Lake Riley lot to pick you up.

    Planned route for spreading bike love after dark:
May 18th: 

  • Ride your bike to the Public Market! (6am-2pm) 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!
  • Free Field Repair Clinic (3pm) - Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport.
    661 South Avenue.
    Sometimes your ride can be unexpectedly interrupted by more than just a simple flat tire. Bicycles are touted as simple machines, until it's actually time to fix them.
    Bicycles have a lot of moving parts that can be vulnerable to their surroundings. Derailleurs get caught on sticks, potholes come out of nowhere, and don't forget about stray dogs (or other riders) who dart out in front of you! Knowing how to make simple repairs may be the difference between riding and walking home. This clinic won't make you a master mechanic, but it will arm you with the knowledge to diagnose minor problems and get you back on your bike! The clinic will be mostly classroom style but you'll have opportunities for hands-on experience too. We encourage you to attend because the ride you save may be your own!
  • Genesee Community Charter School's Rochester Kidical Mass Ride (4-5:30pm) - Erie Canal Ride, 4.2 mi. Meet up at Schoen Place, Pittsford Village (look for us on the towpath by Aladdin’s). Ride to Lock 32 Park, learn about the history of the canal from student experts. Ride back to Schoen Place and enjoy an early dinner with new friends at one of the many local restaurants...or go straight for dessert!

    What exactly is Kidical Mass?
    A Kidical Mass ride is a family-friendly, kid-centric version of Critical Mass rides, where riders take to the streets for fun and to raise awareness about bicycling. To learn more, check out

    Why now?
    In 2012, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Rochester, NY, as a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community. The sixth grade class at Genesee Community Charter School took on the challenge of learning about and promoting Rochester’s Bicycle Master Plan as part of their capstone research project. The ROC Kidical Mass was created to help inspire the next generation of bicyclists and to celebrate bicycle culture in our community.
    For more information contact GCCS 6th Grade, 585-271-4552 x.460
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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