The month of May is an opportunity to celebrate the “power of the pedal” and enjoy the many benefits of cycling. It’s time to dust off your bikes, pump up your tires and join your neighbors and co-workers in bicycling for work, school, shopping, recreation or training this May during the Sacramento region’s 12th Annual May is Bike Month campaign.
Anyone who lives or works in the greater Sacramento region is encouraged to join the 2 million mile challenge and log miles online at www.MayIsBikeMonth.com. Cyclists can also enjoy a number of special events throughout the region this month. Regional cycling activities can be found on the May is Bike Month website, and some of Folsom’s favorite bike-friendly events are listed below.
Great Scott Bike and Walk Event
Sunday, May 1
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy more than 30 miles of beautiful country roads, closed to vehicle traffic for the exclusive use of cyclists and pedestrians. This free event is made possible by the City of Folsom, Sacramento County, El Dorado County, the City of Rancho Cordova, the 50 Corridor Chambers of Commerce, and a variety of community sponsors.
Fast riders can access the course from 8-9 a.m. and the speed limit slows for family-friendly rides from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find route and registration details at www.BikeGreatScott.com.
The Fast Freddie Folsom Fondo
Saturday, May 7
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join former pro racer and 2016 Amgen Tour of California race ambassador “Fast Freddie” Rodriguez for this fund-raising ride to support programs to get underprivileged kids on bikes.
The Fondo starts and finishes at the Folsom Historic District amphitheatre. Two routes are offered: 41 miles and 75 miles – both rides feature beautiful foothill and farm country scenery. For more information about the routes and registration details, visit www.ffgranfondo.net.
9th Annual Folsom Ride with the Mayor
Thursday, May 12
Join us for Folsom’s annual Ride with the Mayor on Thursday, May 12 and enjoy a scenic ride along the American River Bike Trail from historic downtown Folsom to Sacramento. Riders meet in Historic Folsom at Karen’s Bakery and Café to fuel up with free coffee/pastries before the 8:30 a.m. departure. Along the 30-mile route, the group will converge with riders from Rancho Cordova and then continue to Discovery Park in Sacramento to join other cyclists from around the region for a free catered lunch provided by the May is Bike Month organization. After lunch, the group will ride the last few miles to the State Capitol grounds to join in the Capitol Bike Fest.
This event is free, but participants are encouraged to pre-register online at http://webtrac.folsom.ca.us or call 355-7285 for assistance. Questions about the event can be directed to Jim Konopka, firstname.lastname@example.org.