Bike-to-Work Day was a lot of fun! I enjoyed my free breakfast – what a treat to drink fantastic Reverie coffee, visit with fellow cyclists, and enjoy the view of the Keeper of the Plains! I set a goal to ride my bike to work at least one time per week. Today was actually my first day of experimenting with finding a safe route for getting to work- now I just need to be able to make the 21-minute commute without sweating. On Bike-to-Work Day, it was energizing to be part of a large movement.

The Wichita cycling community is strong and coordinates multiple great events throughout the year. Three exciting upcoming events are:

Saturday, May 31 at 11amI Bike Douglas Tour: an architectural tour along Douglas Avenue beginning at Ackerman’s Backyard and lasting approximately 1 hour – all ages welcome, bring your camera!      

Saturday, May 31 at 1 pm – your opportunity to help make history – join the world record attempt for the longest line of bicycles. The event will begin at the WaterWalk Pavilion. Be one of the 1200 bike riders needed to break the current world record (1148). This parade of bikes will travel north along the bike path to the Keeper of the Plains and then pedal past Kennedy Plaza before returning to WaterWalk.

Saturday, June 7 at 11amI Bike Douglas Tour: art tour along Douglas Avenue beginning at Ackerman’s Backyard and lasting approximately 1 hour – all ages welcome, bring your camera!

The Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita provides cycling resources including local bike path maps and information about the Wichita Bicycle Master Plan. On their website, they also have tips about how to become a Bicycle Friendly Business.

Be sure to ride your bike to RiverFest and take advantage of the Bike Valet service (secured Bicycle parking) available from 5 pm-9 pm Mon-Fri and noon-10 pm on Sat. & Sun. There will be two bike valet locations: Ackerman’s Backyard and the WaterWalk Pavilion (beside the Wichita Boathouse).

May 16 is Bike to Work Day! There will be breakfast stations in several places around Wichita  - conveniently set up for you to grab some breakfast on your morning commute. Free lunch from 11:30 am to 1 pm will be available to individuals who ride their bikes at the Old Town Plaza (near the Warren Theater).

Check out the Find your Fit Wichita site to see a list of other Bike Month events happening in Wichita. 

My Green Biz blogging has slowed down because I have been working on another blog. For my Energy & Environment class, I began constructing a pedal-powered generator. To view my project, visit my PedGen blog. The next phase of the project will involve taking the generator to Haiti to be used for charging cell phones. After that, I will be focused on "amping up" (literally) the project to develop an off-the-grid concert at the Bartlett Arboretum on October 19, 2014. So prepare to pedal and enjoy a fun concert!