Join Us! Wisconsin Bike Week 2015

by Lindsey Quinnies

This year, the Wisconsin Bike Fed switched it up a bit in regards to their routine event schedule. Their annual Bike to Work Week, usually held in mid-May, has transformed into "Wisconsin Bike Week" taking place from June 6–13 to celebrate all things cycling statewide (Bike to Work Day still takes place on May 15 annually). Eau Claire is one of the four participating Bike Week cities in Wisconsin – others include Milwaukee, Madison, and La Crosse – with a slew of different events taking place all over town from family fun rides to commuter stations, bike-in movies & concerts, and information stations.

"Wisconsin Bike Week is not just about getting more butts on bikes, it is about building bike culture in Eau Claire."
– Wisconsin Bike Fed ambassador Jeremy Gragert

Eau Claire is a city that truly embraces and supports safe cycling and that is evident not only by the biking enthusiasts seen around town and all the great bike trails we're lucky to have in the area, but also by the number of participating local businesses and sponsors willing to volunteer their time, energy, and/or commodities to support this mission. Local participants and sponsors include Mega Co-Op, High Bridge Coffee, Anybody's Bike Shop, City of Eau Claire Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC), Chippewa Valley Transit Alliance (CVTA), Chippewa Off Road Bike Association (CORBA), Eau Claire Bike & Sport, Eau Claire Mobile Bike Repair, Riverside Bike & Skate, and Volume One.

Local ambassador for the Wisconsin Bike Fed Jeremy Gragert shares, "Wisconsin Bike Week is not just about getting more butts on bikes, it is about building bike culture in Eau Claire." As the Bike Fed itself puts it, let's have some fun and celebrate all the reasons we ride!

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Bike Week Events - Eau Claire
June 8–13

Monday 6/8 • 5:45 pm
CORBA Group Ride

Meet at 5:45 pm at Lowes Creek County Park (west parking lot, off of Lowes Creek Road) – Join Chippewa Off Road Bike Association (CORBA) for their weekly Group Ride. This is a ride for all skill levels and whether you know the trails or not. You will break up into groups according to speed and leave no one behind. Helmets required.

Tuesday 6/9 • 6:30am–10am
Bike Week Kickoff Event

In the Volume One (205 N. Dewey St.) parking lot – Join Volume One, The Wisconsin Bike Federation, BPAC, CVTA, Eau Claire Mobile Bike Repair and other important friends of a bike-friendly Wisconsin who will be on hand for the Bike Week kickoff party with free coffee, free breakfast/snacks from Mega Co-Op, "local celebrities" riding in, unique bikes and a whole bunch more. Wisconsin Bike Week runs June 8th-13th. Bike party at 7:30am! (Sponsored by Mega Co-Op)

Tuesday 6/9 • 7pm
Bike Maintenance 101

In the Volume One Gallery (205 N. Dewey St.) – Sean of Eau Claire Mobile Bicycle Repair offers quick, friendly, on-the-spot professional service to Eau Clairians on a daily basis. Join him, and Dan from Bike Think, for a basic run-down of bike maintenance, tune-ups, and repairs.  

Wednesday 6/10 • 8am–11am
Bike Commuter Station

At the Haas Fine Art building, by UW-Eau Claire Footbridge off Water St. – Mechanics from Anybody’s Bike Shop will be giving safety checks for bikes, and giving out refreshments to bike commuters or cyclists just out for a morning ride. The Visit Eau Claire Fun Patrol will be on hand along with the Wisconsin Bike Fed! (Sponsored by Anybody’s Bike Shop)

Wednesday 6/10 • 7pm
Savvy City Cycling: A Bicycle-Commuting Workshop

In the Volume One Gallery (205 N. Dewey St.) – Savvy City Cycling is a bicycle commuting workshop - for beginners. Whether you've been riding for a while and want to commute to work or school, or just starting out and need to learn the basics, this workshop is for you. We'll cover safety, rules of the road, new city infrastructure projects, and share tips and tricks for making your bike part of your daily life. 

Wednesday 6/10 • 8:15pm
Bike-In Movie: Big Hero 6

Meet up and ride from Volume One and The Local Store (205 N. Dewey St.) to UWEC's Summer Cinema Series outdoors in the lawn next to Haas Fine Arts (film at 8:30pm). The kickoff of their series is the movie is "Big Hero 6" ... also enjoy free punch and popcorn at the film screening! Ride leaves The Local Store at 8:15pm!

Thursday 6/11 • 5:15 pm
Meet-up & Ride-In to Sounds Like Summer Concert

Find fellow Eau Clairians at separate meet up and meet-up points in Eau Claire to ride in to the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park. Participate in the Ride-In, arrive at the free Bike Valet service at Phoenix Park, and receive and special offer to redeem at Mega Co-Op's vendor tent at the concert. (Sponsored by Mega Co-Op)

Meet-up Points
• Hibbard Parking lot at UWEC at 5:30pm
• Flynn Elementary School on the Eastside Hill at 5:15pm, with a pickup stop at Boyd Park at 5:30pm
• 5:15pm at Marshfield Clinic Riverview Center (1000 Starr Ave.)

Saturday 6/13 • 11am –2pm
Bikes n’ Brats Bonanza at Mega Co-op

Mega Co-op East (1201 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire) – Mega Co-op hosts its third annual Bike n’ Brats event during Wisconsin Bike Week! Free brats are given to everyone that bikes to the "Bike n' Brats Bonanza" at Mega Co-op East. There will also be beer sampling, giveaways, live music, and fun activities for the whole family.

Sponsors

Volume One
Wisconsin Bike Fed
City of Eau Claire Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)
High Bridge Coffee
Mega Co-op
Chippewa Valley Transit Alliance (CVTA)
Chippewa Off Road Bike Association (CORBA)
Eau Claire Mobile Bike Repair
Riverside Bike & Skate
Eau Claire Bike & Sport
Anybody’s Bike Shop

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