Columbia Bike, Walk and Wheel Week May 2-8, 2009

Columbia Bike, Walk and Wheel Week and 8th Annual Mayor’s Challenge is back for another year of exciting events May 2 – 8, 2009.

You can see all the events and pre-register here.

Saturday, May 2
Kick Off Celebration at Flat Branch Park 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Registration and t-shirt pick up
City Transit Bicycle loading demonstration
Commuter Bicycle Expo
Bicycle Tire and Tube Recycling
Bike Polo Exhibition Game
Float Your Boat
Bike/Truck Safety and Awareness Demonstration
KOPN, broadcasting active transportation theme music
Chalk Art Contest

Sunday, May 3
Cycle Recycle at 101 N. 7th St. 1:00 – 3:00 pm (New location!)

Monday, May 4
MKT Secret Access Trail Ride
The MKT can get you where you’re going. We’ll show you how to access many neighborhoods, shopping areas and the best way to the MU campus. Meet at the Flat Branch Park play ground at 5:45 pm. Round trip ride will be approximately 20 miles. Bring a water bottle, snack and your helmet (required).

Tuesday, May 5
Confident City Cycling Class, (Tues, Wed, Fri) 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Stephens Lake Activity Center
Want to spend more time on your bike? Confidence is key. A Confident City Cycling Class can give you the skills you need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Class will cover bicycle safety checks, replacing a flat, on-bike skill and crash avoidance techniques. This adult course (age 14 and up) includes three 3-hour sessions and is taught by a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor. To register, call the city of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at (573) 874-7460. For all other questions call the GetAbout Columbia office at (573) 442-7189, ext. 28. Cost: $20.00. More information at

Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health, 2009 Health and Fitness Forum, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St.
Local health organizations, fitness companies and special lifestyle services will be on hand to educate, demonstrate and share health and fitness information and services with the community. Special services provided at the Expo include blood pressure readings, bone density scans, vision abnormality checks, skin cancer screenings and body mass index measurements. All services are provided free to the public.

Wednesday, May 6
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar, YouZeum, 608 Cherry St., 12:00 – 1:00
Experienced bicycle commuters will share the joys of commuting by bike. Discussion will include basics of purchasing a bike suitable for commuting, proper gear and maintenance and route planning. RSVP please to 442-7189 ext 29

Thursday, May 7
Try Transit Free Day, all day

Great Hikes in the Ozarks: Where They Are, and What You’ll Need on the Trail, Walt’s Bicycle Fitness and Wilderness Co., 1217 Rogers St., 6:30 pm
Presented by Steve Henry, author of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of St. Louis” and “The Best in Tent Camping; Missouri and the Ozarks.” Presentation followed by Q & A session.

Bike Skills 101, GetAbout Columbia Office, 101 N. 7th St. 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Bike Skills 101 is an introductory version of GetAbout Columbia's popular Confident City Cycling Class. In addition to learning basic bike safety skills, this Bike Skills 101 will cover: standard road positioning techniques, riding safely in traffic, basic on-bike skills. This class involves one 3-hour session. To register, call the city of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at (573) 874-7460. For all other questions call the GetAbout Columbia office at (573) 442-7189, ext. 28. Cost: $10.00. More information at

Friday, May 8
Walk to School Day
If your school is interested in participating please call Margy Tonnies at 239-9902

Breakfast Stations 7:00 – 9:00 am
1. MKT Trailhead at Forum Blvd, breakfast provided by Clovers and Tryathletics
2. The ARC, Clinkscales & Ash, breakfast provided by HyVee “Early Bird”
Station – open at 6:30 am
3. MKT Trail Access at Stewart & Providence, breakfast provided by Walt’s
Bicycle Fitness & Wilderness Co.
4. D & H Drugstore at Broadway & West Blvd, breakfast provided by the
Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health
5. Shiloh Bar and Grill, 402 E. Broadway, breakfast provided by Broadway Diner
“Early Bird” station – open at 6:30 am.
6. Columbia’s Kitchen, 2011 Corona Rd, Ste 101 in Cherry Hill (faces Scott Blvd)
7. Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant, 1903 Business Loop 70 East
8. Kaldi’s Coffee House, 29 9th St.,
9. Bear Creek Trail Access, 2799 North Garth Ave, breakfast provided by
Columbia Kiwanis
10. Optimus: The Health Center, 200 E. Southhampton Rd. Ste 1
11. WELLAWARE Boone Hospital Center’s Health and Wellness Services,
corner of Williams and Walnut
12. Sven’s Kafe & Gallery, 110 Orr Street, Suite 101

Saturday, May 9
Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend Bike Ride
10:00 am, meet at Flat Branch Park Playground
All moms and kids are invited to join us for a 7-mile ride to Twin Lakes Shelter and back. No training wheel riders please. Register by calling 442-7189 ext 29. All registered riders receive a special Mother’s Day gift.

Your Bike is Your Ticket on Transit
Individuals loading a bike on transit will ride free all week.

Bike Bright- Use a Light
Columbia Police Department and GAC are teaming up to provide bike lights to individuals in need. State law requires both a front and rear light when riding a bicycle one-half hour after sunset to one-half hours before sunrise.

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