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May 8, 2020
Santa Fe Bicyclists Forge Ahead with Bike Month Celebration

#RideItOutSantaFe For May 2020

The second week of May is traditionally Bike Week in Santa Fe. With the massive societal disruption caused by COVID-19, local organizers have grappled with how to maintain the spirit of the event, while respecting all-important social distancing requirements.

And so, under the banner of #rideitoutsantafe, “Bike Month” was born!

Local organizers, government and businesses are developing a list of 'virtual' bike month experiences for riders new and old during the month of May 2020. Here is a sampling of the growing selection:

- Public Art Bike Ride

- South Side Arroyo and River Cruise

- Ride the traditional SF Century Routes (25, 50, 100mi)

- Bike to a Grocery Store

- Bike to Burritos

- Pickup a Pizza Challenge

Riding solo today, with the goal of riding together tomorrow, these events are designed to be ridden individually or with family “quaranteam” members.

Bikes are Booming: Nationally, schools and gyms have closed, and that’s created a lot of demand for safe ways to exercise. Department store shelves are being swept clean of bikes and fitness equipment as ordinary people try to find ways to stay healthy and sane. With all this new ridership, Bike Month aims to help novice riders build positive first experiences by showcasing routes and activities that can be performed around town on two wheels.

Bikes Recommended by WHO: In April, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a technical advisory recommending cycling as a primary means for getting around during the pandemic.  https://who.canto.global/s/U6GDM?viewIndex=0&column=document&id=q3v02qdsh114763ffe3apo4s2p

Safer Streets: While COVID-19 certainly presents challenges, there is a small silver lining: There is far less traffic congestion on Santa Fe's surface roads these days. Quiet streets create an unprecedented opportunity to explore the use of the bike for transportation, grocery-getting and as an outlet for recreation.

To find out more: interested cyclists of all ages can visit www.santafebikeweek.com for details. Also https://www.facebook.com/SantaFeBikeWeek/ and https://www.instagram.com/santafebikeweek/

Organizers and sponsors of Santa Fe Bike Month include: Santa Fe MPO, the City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division, BTI, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, Santa Fe Public Schools Sustainability, Santa Fe Century, Santa Fe Railyard Conservancy, Back Road Pizza, Betterday Cafe, Dolina Cafe, Velo New Mexico and more!

 

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