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Saturday, May 5

Bikes on CATS Buses and LYNX Train for FREE

The Charlotte Area Transportation System is allowing anyone traveling with a bicycle on CATS Buses and the LYNX Train for free, April 29 - May 5, during BIKE! Charlotte. Using the bicycle, in combination with a CATS Bus or the LYNX Train, is an efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly way to travel in the Queen City. For information, including a video on how to load your bike on the bus, visit the Rack and Ride program on the CATS website. For information on how to load your bike on the LYNX Train, you can visit the Rack and Ride section of the LYNX website.


2nd Annual Can You Dig It, Charlotte Community Garden Tour

The garden tour, hosted by the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition, kicks off at Atherton Mill and Market. The tour includes the following gardens: Wilmore, Country Club Heights, and Central United Methodist. Tour participants will learn basic gardening skills and see live demos. We end at Winterfield Garden where you can purchase lunch from food trucks andhear keynote speaker, Henry Owen with Friendship Gardens. Please see our website for garden locations, suggested routes and a cycling route for those interested in a guided tour from one garden to the next.

Location: Atherton Mill and Market (2104 South Blvd)
Time: Garden Tour: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; Garden Gathering at Winterfield 12:00 - 1:00 pm (food options available)
Who Participates: Everyone with an interest in local, healthy food, gardening and community-building activities!
Cost: FREE! (donations will be accepted at each garden)
Contact:Megan Dean @ 704-336-5336 or megan.dean@carolinas.org or Dick Winters @ 704-432-4596 or dick.winters@carolinas.org or Can You Dig It Website


Bike to the 5k for Clean Air Run & Walk

Clean Air Carolina is encouraging event participants to bike, not dirve, over and participate in a run that benefits clean air education and advocacy programs.  They are promoting alternative means of transportation, which do not negatively influence air quality, to the race and will provide bike racks and secured bike parking. The American Lung Association named Charlotte as the 10th most smoggiestcity for the second year in a row, so it's very important to join the community in raising awareness of this major issue!

Location: McAlpine Creek Park (8711 McAlpine Creek Rd)
Time: 9:00 AM
Who Participates: Open to Everyone
Cost: $20


Taste & Cycle

Charlotte NC Tours will guide you by bicyclce around the lively downtown streets of Charlotte and stop at some of the City's favorite eateries to taste the local cuisine! The fee covers the cost of the guide and tastings.

Location: 101 South Tryon Street (between Chima’s and the Bank of America branch building)
Time: 10:00 AM
Cost: $30
Who Participates: All participants must be 18 or older
Contact: Charlotte NC Tours @ 704.962.4548 or www.charlottenctours.com


Tarheel Trailblazers Ride & Cookout

Mountain bikers of all abilities are invited to come join the Tarheel Trailblazers at Col Francis Beatty Park for a ride and cookout!  Enjoy a ride on the 6 mile, beginner friendly trail and plan to stay afterwards to hang out andeat with other fellow mountain bikers.  The Trailblazers will be leading rides of all levels throughout the four hours and a grilled lunch will be provided (while quantities last) courtesy of the Tarheel Trailblazers.  Feel free to bring a friend and don't forget a chair to sit in and enjoy your food! For more information check out our website at: www.tarheeltrailblazers.com

Location:Colonel Francis Beatty Park (4330 Weddington Road) in the pavilion by the playground
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Who: Open to all
Cost:FREE to the public - Sponsored by the Tarheel Trailblazers
Contact: Craig Watts @ 704.953.5054 or cawatts@earthlink.net or www.tarheeltrailblazers.com


Flat Change Clinic

Let the skilled bike technicians at Bicycle Sport teach you one of the basic principles of bike repair: how to change a flat tire! No tools are required but feel free to bring your own bike to practice on. 


Location: Bicycle Sport (2916 Selwyn Ave)
Time: 10:15 AM
Who Participates: Open to Everyone
Cost: FREE!
Contact: Bicycle Sport @ 704.335.0323 or  http://bicyclesport.com/


Bicycle Brewery and Pub Crawl

Join Charlotte NC Tours on a fun cycling adventure around Uptown! We plan to stop at some of Charlotte’s favorite local breweries and pubs to allow you the opportunity to taste their beverages. Bikes, helmets, and locks are included in this price; however, tastings are not.

Location: 101 South Tryon Street (between Chima’s and the Bank of America branch building)
Time: 1:00 PM
Cost:$30 (tastings not included)
Who Participates: All participants must be 21 or older
Contact: Charlotte NC Tours @ 704.962.4548 or www.charlottenctours.com


Ultimate Bicycle Repair Clinic

Join Ultimate Bicycle as their bicycle guru's show you the ins and outs of basic bike repairs!


Location: Ultimate Bicycle (9129 Monroe Rd, Suite 115)
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Who Participates: Open to Everyone
Cost: FREE!
Contact: Ultimate Bicycle @ 704.841.1044 or http://www.ultimatebicyclenc.com/



TrySports Bike Workshop

Come join us at TrySports on Saturday, May 5th from 11-2pm for a drop-in workshop on basic upkeep, maintenance, and repairs for your bike.  This is a great opportunity for everyone, from commuters to racers, to parents!  Our bike specialist will be on-hand to help you with your questions and will show you how to inspect your bike, helmets and other gear for safety.  This is a first-come, first serve drop-in; we look forward to seeing you there! 

Also, as a BIKE! Charlotte Special, any customer who comes in on May 5th and mentions this ad may receive 10% OFF any full-price item!

Location: TrySports (9816 Rea Rd, SuiteI)
Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Who Participates: Open to Everyone
Cost: FREE!
Contact: TrySports at 704.544.4626 or www.trysports.com