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Celebrate Two-Wheel Transportation during Sandpoint’s 4th Annual Bike Week

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Details on this year's Annual Bike Week

SANDPOINT – It’s time to officially kick-off the bicycling season in Sandpoint with the Fourth Annual Sandpoint Bike Week in May, when the days are long and the weather smiles on two-wheel transit.

 Sandpoint Bike Week is several events rolled into one week of two-wheeled family fun designed to encourage and celebrate cycling for fun and as a means of transportation.

 This year’s events include Bike to Work and Bike to School Day, a Bike Swap, a Ride of Silence, and the screening of  “Ride the Divide” at the Panida Theater. All the events are free of charge, though bicycles and bicycle gear will be for sale at the annual Bike Swap.

Organized by Pend Oreille Pedalers bike club, Sandpoint’s annual event began with Bike to Work Day in 2007 when about 250 riders rode to work.  In 2008, the folks behind that initial event decided to expand the fun to a full week of cycling activities and Bike Week was born.  Last year, more than 700 kids rode their bikes to school on Bike to School Day.

Here’s a rundown of this year’s events:

  • Sunday, May 15: Bike Swap:  1 to 3 p.m. at Sandpoint West Athletic Club. Trade, shop, consult with mechanics, learn bike safety and much more! As with all swaps, the best deals are had early. Drop off your gear to sell that morning, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18: Ride of Silence: 6 p.m. Meet at City Beach Park.   Join other cyclists in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride is part of a worldwide share-the-road campaign. Route is less than 10 miles. Must wear a helmet. All bikes welcome.
  • Thursday, May 19: Bike to School Day and Bike to Work Day: Don your helmet and ride your bike to school or work. Stop by one of four aid stations to pick up free goodies, and enter a free raffle to win great prizes, to be awarded at the Panida Theater Friday night. Grand prizes are a new wheel-set for adults and a $50 gift certificate to a local bike shop for kids. All students who ride their bikes to school will get a prize. Aid stations will be located at Mountain West Bank (Highway 2 and Division), Outdoor Experience (First Avenue), Evan’s Brothers Coffee (524 Church St Ste B. at the old granary along the bike path) and Sandpoint Sports (Highway 95 in Ponderay).  Aid stations are open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bike Week T-shirts will be for sale for $10.
  • Saturday, May 21: Ride the Divide Movie - Saturday night at the Panida Theater.  Free admission. Doors open at 6:30 and movie at 7:30 p.m.   The film follows three characters’ experiences as they race 2,700 miles with over 200,000 feet of climbing from Banff, Canada, to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border along the Continental Divide Trail. Food, beer and wine available for sale. Raffle prizes to be awarded immediately following the movie (need not be present to win).

 

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