If you’re looking to get more involved in the Salt Lake City (and surrounding areas) bicycle community, here are some group ride events taking place this month to help get your foot in the door.
Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
Tuesday Night Rides
Staring on Tuesday, May 8, the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective will host weekly rides for bikers of all experience and skill levels. Meet in front of the Collective shop at 6:15 p.m. to join!
Women, Trans, Femme Night
The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective is committed to opening up spaces for women-, trans- and femme-identifying people in the world of biking and cycle maintenance. Starting on May 2, the Collective will host a night exclusively for these groups, continuing every other Wednesday through the summer. See their website for more details: bicyclecollective.org/programs-salt-lake/women-trans-femme.
The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective’s annual Bike Prom is one of the summer’s finest events. Join fellow cyclers on June 9 for a day of food, dancing and—of course—biking. Unlike your high school, there’s no hetero-date requirement, so come as you are! More details about the form (including times, locations and ticket information) can be found here: facebook.com/events/186066512012102/.
Provo Bicycle Collective
Provo Social Bike Rides
Calling any and all of SLUG’s Provo-based readers who are looking for a casual, bike-centered meeting. Meet at the Provo Bicycle Collective’s shop every Wednesday at 8 p.m. for an easy nighttime ride about the city. No registration required, so come when you can.
Overnight Bike Trip to Nunn’s Park
For anyone looking to take their biking to the next level, join the Provo Bicycle Collective for a camping trip from May 11 to 12. The group will bike to and from Nunn’s Park on the Provo River Trail, making for a pleasantly challenging trek with a fantastic reward. Check out more information about registration and necessary materials by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the Provo Bicycle Collective’s celebration of National Bicycle Month, the staff will be hosting an all-femmes bike ride around the city. The ride will be casual and open to cyclists of all skill levels, so RVSP to stay up-to-date here: facebook.com/events/458659541219875/.
7th Annual FFUFR
FFUFR, an abbreviation for Fun, Fun Underground Forest Race, is the Provo Bicycle Collective’s prime annual event. It’s double the fun, and who doesn’t love biking through forests on a sunny May day? Bikes are provided (!!!!!), so bring a helmet and friends. Find more information about the event here: facebook.com/events/190706118197529/.
Every Saturday starting May 26, the 3Bs Collective (which stands for Booze, Buds and Bikes) is beginning their new monthly event, Race/Barbecue/Video. As the title suggests, the event will be food-filled, bike-filled and will feature premieres of cycling films. The location is highly subject to change each month, so stay up to date on the collective’s Instagram page: instagram.com/3bs.collective/.
Every Thursday, meet up with a group of bikers for a fun, judgment-free ride. As the name suggests, the ride meets on the corner of 900 East and 900 South a little after 9 p.m. 999 happens “all year long, weather be damned,” so the options for you to attend are plentiful. Check out more information here: facebook.com/999ride/.
Bike the Branches
Urban bike-riding is the choice for environmentally friendly transportation, but safety is a must. Thankfully, the SLC Public Library hosts monthly education sessions and group rides between their branches. On the third Sunday of every month, the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective provides an informational meeting and helps guide new riders around the city. Find more information and register here: slcpl.org/bikethebranches.
Cycle de Mayo
If you love biking and bad puns, spend May 5 with Weber Pathways. As a sort of inaugural event for National Bike Month, the family-friendly event will meet at 900 W. Riverdale Road for a day of biking and celebrating. Find more information here: facebook.com/events/2065619790387529/.
Park City Cruiser Ride
If you’d love to start biking but feel like you don’t know where to start, head to Park City Coffee Roasters at 10 a.m. on May 5. This cruiser ride is noncompetitive, so all types and levels of riders are welcome. The event aims to give people a baseline knowledge about the trails, roads and guidelines they need to bike around Park City. Email Dennis Ketterman at email@example.com for more info.