May is National Bike Month
May is designated as National Bike Month, and the Town of Davidson encourages all its community members to participate. Davidson residents and community members are invited to participate in the following:
National Bike or Walk to School Day: Wednesday, May 4
Join students all around the country by biking/walking to school on Wednesday, May 4. Between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m., Town of Davidson staff, police, and volunteers will be located at key intersections to ensure safety throughout town, including at the town green, Roosevelt Wilson Park, and the Kinkaid Trail Greenway at Avinger Lane. They’ll provide guidance for students walking/riding to Davidson K8 and Community School of Davidson (CSD).
Volunteer to help with Bike/Walk to School at https://volunteersignup.org/W77KH
Bike or Walk to Town Day: Saturday, May 7
Join us for Town Day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 on the town green. Ride your bike and park it in the ‘Bike Corral’ near the Town of Davidson’s booth. Visit the Town of Davidson’s booth to see the E.L.F electric bike and learn about the town’s participation in the pedestrian and bicyclist safety campaign, Watch for Me NC, as well as the new Vision Zero Initiative.
Lake Norman Bike Expo: Saturday, May 14
- Community Ride: 9:00 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ride (10 miles, ages 14+)
- Family Ride: 10:30 a.m. (2 miles)
- Location: Bailey Road Park, 11900 Bailey Rd. in Cornelius
The Lake Norman Bike Expo event will feature bike demos from area bike shops, educational opportunities regarding bike safety and maintenance, and information about the best places to ride your bike in the Lake Norman/North Mecklenburg region. The Davidson Parks and Recreation will have their solar-electric Elf bike on display, a kids bike rodeo, and information on their Bike Month programs. The Town of Cornelius will have information on new greenways that are currently under development, information on recreational programming and Heads Up Cornelius safety campaign, and greenway maps. The bike expo will be open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join the fun early by showing up for the Community Ride, a leisurely guided ride through Cornelius and Davidson. This 10-mile ride will start at 9:30 a.m. on Bailey Road at the recreation center (Bailey Middle School), follow the multi-use paths, wind through the quiet streets of east Cornelius, travel down the South Prong Rocky River Greenway and loop back to Bailey Road, finishing back at the start at approximately 10:30 a.m. Anyone age 14 and older is welcome though participants ages 14 – 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Police officers will assist with the ride. Helmets are required, and a bike with gears is recommended. Families with younger children wishing to ride should attend the Family Bike Ride beginning at 10:30 a.m.
National Bike to Work Week: May 16-22
Please consider riding your bike to work this week. Many employers are offering incentives, so check with your human resources department for details. We also encourage citizens to ride bikes to any destination, especially downtown and the [email protected] for shopping, errands, etc. Please buy locally!
“I love biking around town and get to do so most days of the week,” said Town of Davidson Senior Planner (and avid cyclist) Trey Akers. “Whether it’s taking my kids to school or a park, or traveling to and from work, it’s an enjoyable way to experience the town. I usually end up noticing things while riding my bike that I don’t when I’m in the car: birds singing, people walking by, or how windy it is on a particular day. I’m grateful for all the efforts people in this community have made to make it a fun and safe place to bike – and for all the motorists who kindly stop to let me and my kiddos pass!”