Some of the events look pretty cool, actually. There are, however, a couple of noteworthy omissions.
For instance, the official schedule contains no mention of a Critical Mass ride this year. Presumably, the city of Santa Fe, a sponsor and promoter of BTTW, decided a "Community/Family Ride" was more appropriate, or less likely to generate a lawsuit and upset the police.
And while it's all well and good that the organizers will offer free "Youth helmet fitting" on Friday in the Railyard, there's unfortunately no class on "Why One Shouldn't Ride Against Traffic While Wearing An iPod." Perhaps that's covered in Thursday's "Bicycle Traffic Skills and Maintenance Basics" class.
Here's a nifty Google map of the Critical Mass Community/Family Ride on Saturday, May 22 convoy to the Railyard on Friday, May 21:
And here, again, is the schedule of events:
Saturday, May 15 [Eldorado]
4pm Join the folks from SpinDoc for a ride around the Eldorado community in celebration of Bike to Work Week. The ride will begin at SpinDoc in the La Tienda Shopping Center and be customized based on attendance and level of riders. Riders, led by SpinDoc instructors, will cruise around the Eldorado community on mostly paved trails (some gravel surface) finishing at the Lamy Station Café with food and drink specials. Call SpinDoc, 466-4181, or visit www.spindoc.com for more info.
Tuesday, May 18
4-6pm and 6-8pm Bicycle Maintenance 101 (English) Presented by the Chainbreaker Collective at 1515 5th St
5:30pm & 6:30pm Fix a Flat Presented by REI in the courtyard at500-a Market Street
Wednesday, May 19
6-7pm Flat Tire Clinic Presented by The Broken Spoke at 1403 Second St
6-7pm Women Only In Depth Fix a Flat Presented by the Pedal Queens at Chainbreaker Collective 1515 5th st
5-7pm Commuter Bike Display and Demo Presented by REI in the courtyard at 500-a Market St
Thursday, May 20
12 noon, Lunchtime Bicycle Traffic Skills and Maintenance Basics, Presented by BTI at The Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo rd.
6pm, Flat Tire Clinic, Presented by The Broken Spoke at 1403 Second St
6:30pm What Tools to Have and How to Use Them, Presented by Rob and Charlie's at 1632 St Michaels Dr
7pm, Concourse de Elegance (Bicycle Beauty Pageant), Presented by Mellow Velo at The Santa Fe Farmer's Market
4-6pm 6-8pm, Bicycle Maintenance 101 (Spanish) Presented by the Chainbreaker Collective at 1515 5th St
5pm & 6pm Fix a Flat Presented by REI in the courtyard at500-a Market Street
Friday May 21
BIKE TO WORK COMMUNITY CELEBRATION at the Santa Fe Railyard Plaza
7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
FREE food, coffee, t-shirts to the first 350 people to sign a pledge to ride often, prizes and giveaways - take a swing at the piñata - FREE Bikeways maps - bicycle check-ups by experts - Youth helmet fitting by Christus St. Vincent Hospital volunteers - Santa Fe Trails bus/bike rack demo - music provided by Jakatu Marimba! Join a convoy to the Railyard from your neighborhood, route details and maps here: Convoy Routes.
Saturday May 22
10 a.m. Community/Family Ride hosted by Second Street Brewery, 1814 Second Street. The ride, which will make a big loop, starts and ends at the restaurant and includes the Rail Trail and Arroyo de los Chamisos trails. It will last around an hour. Participants will receive a 10% discount on post ride purchases at Second Street Brewery.
For more information please contact Rachel Wexler, City of Santa Fe (505) 955-4010 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Workshop participants get free GCCC passes.