• Gearing up for Bike Month in Hartford

    First – The BIKELIFE Festival was amazing.  Check out the photos here.  Heaping thanks to all the volunteers and mechanics that helped make this 2nd Annual spring break event possible for Hartford youth and teens.  Coupling bicycle safety training with fun, efficient, and independent transportation changes the game for our future leaders.

    Photo Credit - The Wonderful Andy Hart. BIKELIFE 2017

    Photo Credit – The Wonderful Andy Hart. BIKELIFE 2017

    Second – May is National Bike Month – Spring is sprung and our wheels keep spinning.  Check out the busy bicycle calendar for May in Hartford.  We even tossed in an East Hartford Bike to Work event for good measure.  These events are in addition to the regular DIY Member and Volunteer Hours at BiCi Co. and our recently expanded storefront hours.  You can visit the storefront during DIY Hours too.  We are starting to stock basic bicycle accessories and supplies to provide a much needed resource in our community.  Check in at BiCi Co. for tires, tubes, cables, and chains.  We’ll keep you rolling!

    DIY Member and Volunteer Hours – Members only to DIY

    • Mondays – Women, Trans, Femme DIY Hours, 5:30-8:30pm
    • Wednesdays- Member and Volunteer DIY Hours, 5:30-8:30pm
    • Saturdays – Member and Volunteer DIY Hours, 1:30-5:30pm

    Storefront Hours – You can visit the 97 Park Street BiCi Co. storefront during DIY Hours and our recently added afternoon hours, Monday through Friday.  As we continue to expand storefront hours, we will announce on the BiCi Co. Facebook page.

    • Monday through Friday – 3:30-5:30pm

    May Bike Month Events and Links – 

    • Mondays, WTF DIY Hours at BiCi Co. – Each Monday in May will have a different bicycle repair or commuting topic workshop.  Stay tuned to the BiCi Co. Facebook page for more details on the Monday night workshops.
    • Bicycle Commuting 101 Lunch and Learn SessionsI-Quilt Innovation Center on Central Row near the Old State House, 12-1pm.  May 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.
    • Hartford Slow Rolls – There will be two Slow Roll’s in May.  The first is May 6th and ends nearby at La Fonda restaurant on Franklin Ave.  The 2nd Slow Roll is Saturday May 20th.  After the ride we’ll watch a movie in the BiCi Co. alley.  Both rides meetup at 5pm at 97 Park Street.  BYO-Bike or rent one from BiCi Co.
    • May 5th – 11th, Citizen Jane [Jacobs]: Battle for the City – Documentary at Real Art Ways.  Learn about the history and vision of Jane Jacobs relative to a healthy, vibrant, and diverse city.  Post film panel discussion on May 9th.  Spread the word!  This is powerful stuff.
    • Hartford Streets Happy Hour – Tuesday, May 9th at 50 Elm Cafe and Spirits.  Special guest – Francisco Gomes, longtime Hartford resident and multimodal transportation expert at Fitzgerald Halliday.
    • REI Used Bicycle Donation Drive, Saturday, May 13th – Do you have a bicycle shop quality used bike in your garage that needs a new home?  REI and BiCi Co. are collaborating on a bicycle collection to put lonely bicycles back to use.  Bicycles will be collected between 10am and 6pm at the REI location in West Hartford.
    • Saturday, May 13th – Hooker Day Parade and Festival – Ride with Cycling Without Age and BiCi Co. in the Hooker Day Parade.  Rolls off at 11am, and the festival in Bushnell Park goes from 12pm-5pm.  Register now, FREE.  On parade day, keep an eye out for the Cycling Without Age rickshaw and Kevin Sullivan.  We’ll gather there.
    • Wednesday, May 17th – The Ride of Silence – On May 17th a group of cyclists and bicycle commuters will meet for a slow ride of remembrance and respect for those injured and killed while using our streets.  6:30pm meetup at the West Hartford Town Hall.
    • Thursday, May 18th – Ride your Bike to Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street.  Join BiCi Co. at a favorite creative space.  Unleash your creativity and shake your ass.  6-10pm.  Celebrating National Bike Month – stay tuned for details.
    • Friday, May 19th – Downtown Hartford Bike and Walk to Work Breakfast.  This annual meetup is the biggest bike to work gathering of the year and is held at the Old State House from 7-9am.  BiCi Co. will be onsite with bicycle lights and program information.
    • Thursday, May 25th – East Hartford Bike, Walk, or Bus to Work Breakfast.  Meetup with other sustainable commuters for a bagel and coffee on Main Street.  Co-sponsored by Goodwin College and the P&W Cycling Club.  6:30-9am, at 349 Main Street near the Goodwin College Community Garden plots.
    • Tuesday, May 23rd – Transport Hartford Academy Workshop, Chasing Paper – Getting to work using transit and multimodal connections.  This is a FREE workshop.  5:30-7:30pm at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater in Downtown Hartford.  Register now.

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    Join BiCi Co. on May 6th and May 20th for Springtime Slow Rolls

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