Oil those chains and get crankin’, it’s Bike Week!

By on May 29, 2013

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Seeing a few more bikes around town than usual lately? It could be a community’s reaction to traffic delays associated with construction at the five-way. Or it could just be a display of this community’s growing commitment to alternative transportation and the overall joys of biking.

As National Bike Month closes out, Jackson Hole is just getting started with a weeklong slate of activities scheduled to promote this area’s Bike Week which kicks off June 1 with National Trails Day (Saturday, June 1), includes Bike-to-Work Day (Monday, June 3), and culminates with a Bike-Away-from-Work Party (Friday, June 7).

Digging3National Trails Day: pickaxe and picnic

National Trails Day starts early on Saturday with an all-day community event that will give volunteers an opportunity to help restore trails damaged by the Horsethief Canyon Fire last summer. Friends of Pathways, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Teton Freedom Riders, Back Country Horsemen are partnering to celebrate Trails Day with an all-out blitz on the popular front country recreational area that is part of the Snow King trail system and extends into Wilson Canyon.

Volunteers should gather just before 9 a.m. on Saturday at the base of the Snow King near the ski lift. Lesley Williams-Gomez, USFS Fire Prevention Tech, will give a brief talk about the wildfire that threatened the town last September. Crew members will make sure everyone is lined out and stays safe and off you go to the top of Snow King to work your way down Wilson Canyon.

Don’t worry about working up a hunger or thirst. Volunteers will be provided a light breakfast with coffee and bagels from Pearl Street Bagels, and Kate’s Real Food will provide snacks. The work day quits at 1 p.m. (it is the weekend after all) and the community will be invited to kick back with Snake River Brewing and Friends of Pathways as they sponsor a community picnic at the base of the King.

Linda Merigliano, Program Manager for Wildlife and Recreation, at the BTNF, always looks forward to National Trails Day as the start of the summer season. “It’s an opportunity for all community members to give back to our local forest and trail system,” she said. “This year, our project provides a way for community members to experience the effects the Horsethief Canyon Fire and its impacts on the forest.”

Group LineWeeklong celebration for ‘pedal-files’

Don’t miss a day of action as Bike Week kicks off in high gear next week.

Sunday, June 2

The 14th annual Run and Ride for the Cure gets underway at 9:30 a.m. The race starts at the Wilson Elementary School and includes various classes of competitiveness. A 5k run is followed by a 15k bike race. Be safe: bring your helmet and leave your dog at home, please.

Monday, June 3

Bike-to-Work Day kicks off bright and early from 7 to 10 a.m. at Pearl Street Bagels. Enjoy PSB’s legendary coffee and bagels while your bike stays parked in their Cadillac-style bike rack.

Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6

A roving, rolling event works it way through the school system with iWalk, iBike, iBus to School events taking place at Wilson Elementary on Tuesday; Jackson Elementary on Wednesday; and Colter, Jackson Hole Middle School and Jackson Hole High School on Thursday.

Pica’s gets in to the act Thursday afternoon from 5 to 7 p.m. with “green drink” specials. Story Book Parade takes place at the Library at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Friday, June 7

Biking shouldn’t be all pedaling and no party. Join Bike Week organizers and participants as they kick back at the Lexington from 4 to 8 p.m. for a little fun time out of the saddle.

Feel like you’re missing something? Get more info from Lauren Smith, Programs Director at Friends of Pathways at program@friendsofpathways.org or 733-4534.

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