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2013 Walking & Bicycling

May is National Bike Month

LOCAL Bicycle Month Events 2013

May 5, Blessing of the Bicycles

May 8, LCPS Bike to School Day

May 15, 'Ride of Silence" Mesilla

May 17, Bike to Work Day

May 13-17, Bike to Work Week


  • May 25, 2013 Bike & Chowder Club Morning Ride, Las Cruces, NM

Sat, May 25 and every Saturday 9-11am, meet at La Llorona Park, West Picacho at the Rio Grande [@32.310100,-106.826500] for a slightly slower, stay together, very sociable bicycle  ride. Saturday start map & more description at

Also Thursday rides every Thursday from Mesilla Square, Mesilla, NM. Details at

Club website at

  • May 18, Share the Road Las Cruces (STRLC) Visibility Ride, Las Cruces, NM

The ride starts at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum and ends at Starbucks on University and Espina.
Meeting place: Las Cruces Railroad Museum; Gathering time: 7:05 a.m.; Departure time: 7:15 a.m. sharp
If you can't make the ride come join us for coffee at Starbucks, we should be arrive around 7:40 a.m.
Summer-Winter ride dates for 2013: May 18, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sep. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9


  • May 18, 2013, Saturday ROYALS Monthly Ride, Mesilla, NM

Ride 8:00am – 12:30pm, meet at Mesilla Visitors Center (map at
Join the ROYALS monthly ride! The ride begins at the Mesilla Visitors Center 7:30 a.m.    3 rides to choose from: leisure, standard or training
Details at

Flyer/Poster  Organizer: Unnamed   Phone: 575-524-3262 ext:116
Venue:  Town of Mesilla Plaza, 2355 Calle De Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM, 88046,
Google Map link:

The Mesilla Ride of Silence is a 9.5-mile bicycle ride through Mesilla and part of Las Cruces.  The event will begin and end at the Mesilla Plaza. There is no cost to participate.  The Ride of Silence is an international event, conducted annually on the third Wednesday in May in more than 120 communities in the U.S. and Canada.   More background. . .

The Ride is a slow and silent bicycle ride conducted in honor of killed or injured bicycle riders and to remind people that bicycles are legally considered vehicles and are entitled to share the road. The ride is not a race and is at a pace not greater than 12 mph. Still, participants must wear helmets and other necessary safety gear.

The Mesilla ride will be on public roads and is not recommended for children younger than 12 years old unless they are in a trailer or on a tandem bicycle.Participants should arrive at the plaza no later than 6:15 p.m. The route will be announced just prior to the event.  Flyer/Poster


  • May 11, 2013 ROYALS Women's Fix-a-Flat workshop, 11am-1pm, at Outdoor Adventures, Las Cruces.

In recognition of National Bike Month, the ROYALS Women's Fix-a-Flat workshop will be held on May 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Outdoor Adventures, 1424 Missouri Avenue. [map]

The cycling women of the ROYALS bicycling group will teach women (and others) how to fix a flat bicycle tire, including what to carry on a ride, wheel removal and replacement, tube replacement, inflation, and tube repair (patching).  Bring your own bike or use the demonstration tools and equipment available. 

The hands-on workshop is free to all and the demonstration takes only 15 to 30 minutes. Become a more self-sufficient cyclist by learning to fix a flat.  Join the ROYALS on Saturday, May 11.  The ROYALS is a group of women who meet on the third Saturday of the month to ride together on local roads - women who ride at all speeds are welcome.  Special thanks to the good folks at Outdoor Adventures for hosting our event!!  And remember to shop local by bike. 

For more information, email Cindy at

  • May 7-10 Las Cruces Public Schools Have Bike to School Events

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 is International Bike to School Day.

Nine LCPS schools have already signed up, and there’s still time for other schools to sign up before the big day.   Details at

For general information, visit



Start your Sunday, May 5th, bike ride by sharing a cup of coffee/tea with fellow cyclists at the first annual “Bicycle Blessing” at 8:15a.m.

Blessing is at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces located at 2000 S Salano.

Car parking is limited, so ride in.  The blessing is at the bicycle rack near the south parking lot.

Cyclists of all ages are welcome!  The 15 minute 'blessing' starts at 8:30a.m.! 

For more information contact Tammy at

  • 2013 Criterium Skills Clinic, Albuquerque, NM

    April 13 & 27, May 12 & 18, June 1 & 8

Where: Wilson Stadium, Lomas ast Chelwood NE, Albuquerque; $15 online preregistration, $20 day of registration;

Regiustration & Details: (Hosted by the Duke City Wheelmen)

  • 2013 Tour de Optimism!  Sunday, April 28 [sign up]

A supported metric century and half century around the beautiful Mesilla Valley. This is a 100 km (63.5 mile) Bike Ride in Las Cruces area. The Ride has a total ascent of 777.56 ft and maximum elevation of 4,291 ft.  Ride starts at 8am, with 3 supported stops on the full 100 km, 1 on the half (50km).  Couch potato option available as well.  

Starting at Arrowhead Park Early College High School, 3600 Arrowhead Drive, South of Football Stadium on NMSU, Las Cruces, NM.  The ride sponsor is the Las Cruces Optimist Club.  Their website is

Sign up is at

Course map:

Please note that $30 registration goes to $35 on April 1.  Register now!!!!  First 50 registrants get a free t-shirt!  Contact Rachel at   Map & 3-d view  2013 Tour de Optimism  in Las Cruces, NM   



  • Free Webinar on Pedestrian Safety Program Assessments, 1pm ET (11am MT), Mar 14, 2013

CHAPEL HILL, NC —  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announce a free webinar webinar about technical assessments of state pedestrian safety programs, and the results of an assessment conducted in Florida:
Technical Assessment of State Pedestrian Safety Programs
Thursday, March 14, 2013,

To register, visit

Hear about the most recent State Pedestrian Safety Program Technical Assessment conducted in Florida.  Panelists will discuss the process involved in planning and implementing an Assessment, the Assessment Report and direct benefits to the Assessment process. Leah Walton (NHTSA) and Trenda McPherson (Florida Department of Transportation) will lead the presentation.  At the conclusion of the webinar, both speakers will be available for questions and discussion. This webinar is one of the free webinars that FHWA offers quarterly as part of its Pedestrian Safety Focus States and Cities initiatives.  FHWA's Safety Office is trying to aggressively reduce pedestrian deaths by focusing extra resources on the states and cities with the highest pedestrian fatalities and/or fatality rates. Webinar archives for this series, as well as listings of upcoming sessions, can be found at  Webinar provided by Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 730 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Campus Box 3430, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3430, Phone: 1.888.823.3977, Fax: 919.962.8710,;



  • Free Webinar on Promoting Walking and Cycling, 12pm. Wed, Feb 27, 2013 

CHAPEL HILL, NC —  The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center - free Webinar in its Livable Communities Webinar Series:    

Titled: Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable and Healthy Cities: Lessons from Europe and North America

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 2:00— 3:30 pm Eastern Time (12-1:30pm MT)

To register, please visit

Details & outline of the Webinar at

Presentation slide set at



Designing for Pedestrian Safety Webinars

Part 1: Introduction to Pedestrian Safety Design and Planning Principles View the Archive

Part 2: Sidewalk Design  View the Archive

Part 3: Treatments at Unsignalized Pedestrian Crossings (webinar video)

Part 4: Intersection Geometry View the Archive

More at


FHWA University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation