Memorial Day weekend’s weather is a great reminder of why Friends of Pathways and Jackson Hole Community Pathways (JHCP) hold the Teton County Bike Week the first week of June versus the entire month of May, like the rest of the country. The improved chances for relatively nice weather are a great opportunity to break out the bikes following the wet and windy spell and to further celebrate the start of biking season, Friends of Pathways holds several promotions over the course of Bike Week, which is from June 2nd to June 9th.
The week is loaded with fun reasons to get out on your bike and ride.
Join the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Friends of Pathways, Teton Freedom Riders, and Teton Backcountry Horseman Association for a morning of trail maintenance on Teton Pass. Projects include work on the Old Pass Road, Big Rocks trail, and other downhill bike trails. Bagels and coffee, Lunch, and tools are provided. Bring water, snacks, gloves, and glasses. Meet at 8:30 for breakfast or 9:00 am at the Trail Creek trailhead for projects, Old Pass Road.
The Run N Ride is a duathalon---a 5 km run combined with a 15 km ride. The start – finish is located in beautiful Wilson, Wyoming. The race is an “out-and-back”---with the cycling leg following Fish Creek Road to its culmination, approximately 4 ½ miles north of Wilson. There are categories for everyone! In addition to individual categories for men and women, there are men’s and women’s team and mixed team categories. All proceeds benefit St. John’s Medical Center Foundation’s Cancer Patient Support Fund. To register or for more information, visit http://www.skinnyskis.com/media/2012/05/18/run-and-ride-for-the-cure/.
If you need more inspiration to bike to work, Friends of Pathways, Pearl Street Bagels, Hoback Sports, and Wilson Backcountry Sports are providing it with Bike Stations set up in town and Wilson to fuel your body and soul, and provide bike safety checks for your bike. From 7:00 - 10:00 am, the bike stations will be open at Pearl Street Bagels locations in town and Wilson. There will be bagel bucks for those riding bikes as well as free coffee if you come with your own mug. As well, Hoback Sports in town and Wilson Backcountry Sports in Wilson will have workstands set up for bike safety checks.
Join us as we kick-off the Friends of Pathways Commuter Choice Challenge (CCC) which pits area business teams against each other to determine which business will log the most bike and bus miles, burn the most calories, save the most gas, and divert the most CO2. There are weekly prizes for each category. For more information and to register, visit challenge.friendsofpathways.org.
We will be officially kicking-off CCC at the Rolling Green Drinks event on Monday afternoon at Picas Taqueria from 5:30 7:00 pm. With speakers from U.S. Green Building Council - Wyoming chapter, Picas, and Friends of Pathways. There will be free chips and salsa, $4 margaritas and $1.50 Mexican beers.
In cooperation with the Teton County School District, iWalkiBikeiBus to School provides an opportunity for kids in Jackson Elementary, Journey School, Colter, Wilson, Jackson Middle School and High School to get a fun way to school. There are commuter trains set up so that students can ride or walk together.
From 10 - 2 pm at Teton Village, Friends of Pathways, with the Teton County Sheriff, and Town of Jackson police department offer a two-pronged bike skills clinic for young beginner cyclists. There will be a road skills course and clinic conducted by FoP and law enforcement to teach young riders the basic skills involved for safe bicycle operation on roads. As well, the bike staff at Teton Village will be offering a trails clinic to teach the basics of bike handling on dirt. No registration is necessary, show up at 10 and bring your helmet. There will be bike registration, bike safety checks, helmet fitting, and we’re also giving away helmets, waterbottles, bells, and stickers. Kids love stickers.
For more information on any of the above events, contact Lauren at Friends of Pathways, firstname.lastname@example.org, 733-4534.