Grand Valley Bike Month 2019
May is Grand Valley Bike Month in Mesa County and we’re celebrating bicycling activities for transportation, fun, and health. For the eighth year in a row, Mesa County joins the nationwide effort to encourage residents to ride their bikes as a viable alternative to driving their cars, which improves air quality, reduces traffic congestion, and leads to healthier lifestyles within our community. Grand Valley Bike Month provides activities for the entire family at all levels and abilities, ranging from leisure rides, commuter and business challenges, and bike celebrations that will stimulate our local economy.
Bike to Work and School Day, May 8, 2019
Mountain Bike Film Fest, May 16, 2019
Grand Valley Bike Month Celebration, May 22, 2019
Bike Month Proclamations
Palisade Board of Trustees – April 23, 6 p.m.
Mesa County Board of County Commissioners – April 29, 9 a.m.
Grand Junction City Council – May 1, 6 p.m.
Fruita City Council – May 7, 7 p.m.
Other Bike-Related Events
May 2: THRILL Fundraiser – Fundraising event for the Trail Health Improvements at Lunch Loop (THRILL) at Highlands Distillery 5:30-8 p.m. Click here for more information.
May 3-5: Fruita Fat Tire Festival – Click here for more information.
May 5-11: Ride for Reading Week – Click here for more information.
May 8: Grand Valley Bike to Work Day (see tab below)
May 9: CycleNation – American Heart Association Fundraiser at Colorado Mesa University 5:30-9 p.m. (see tab below)
May 11: Life of Pie Premiere – Screening event 6-9 p.m. at Hot Tomato Pizzeria. Click here for more information.
May 15: Lunch Loop Connector Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony – Lunch Loop Trailhead Monument Road 3 p.m.
May 16: Townsquare Media presents Grand Valley Mountain Bike film Fest at the Historic Avalon Theatre 6-9:30 p.m. (see tab below)
May 17-19: 2019 GJ Off Road/Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival – Click here for more information.
May 21: Bicycle-Friendly Driver Class at Mesa County Central Library 6-7:30 p.m. – Click here for more information
May 22: DT Swiss Grand Valley Bike Month Celebration at Las Colonias Park 5-8 p.m. (see tab below)
Bike to Work Day is May 8, 2019. It is a day to leave your car at home and commute to work by bike. Riders are encouraged to stop at one (or more) of the free breakfasts in the valley:
- St. Mary’s Medical Center and Monument Health BTWD Breakfast at Grand Junction City Hall, 6:30-9:00 a.m.
- Family Health West BTWD Breakfast at Civic Center Park in Fruita, 6:30-9:00 a.m.
- Horizon Drive Business Improvement District and Octopus Coffee BTWD Breakfast at Horizon Drive and Crossroads Boulevard, 6:30-9:00 a.m.
Riders are also invited to attend the Afterglow at Edgewater Brewery on May 8, 5-7 p.m. The first 40 attendees get a complimentary pint. Business Challenge traveling trophies (see below) will be awarded.
Looking for a fun way to build team spirit? Engage in a friendly competition against other businesses in our community! The company or organization with the highest percentage of employees that bike to work on May 8 gets to display the traveling trophy in their workplace for an entire year! Trophies will be awarded at the Afterglow at Edgewater Brewery on May 8, 5-7 p.m. The first 40 attendees get a complimentary pint.
- 1 – 15 employees
- 16 – 50 employees
- 51 – 150 employees
- 150+ employees
1. Click here to sign-up by Tuesday, May 7, 2019 .
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Include the following:
– Agency name
– Number of total bike-to-work riders
– A picture of your riding team
Official Bike to Work Day T-Shirts
Cost: $9.50-$15.00/shirt (depends on shirt size, inclusion of organization logo and size of order)
Deadline to order: April 11, 2019
Tshirt Specs – not all listed colors may not be available at the time of ordering.
Email orders to email@example.com by April 11, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Include the following:
– Organization name
– Contact information order (name and phone number)
– Top 3 color choices (top choices may be available at the time of ordering)
– Organizational logo in vector format* if you want to include a monochromatic logo on the back of the t-shirts
*Extra cost to convert different file form to appropriate format.
How many miles can you ride? Challenge your friends and family to see who can accumulate the most mileage using your bike instead of your car to get from place to place in Mesa County (with the exception of recreational riding). Can’t bike to work? No problem, other places you can commute by bike include the store, a friend’s house, or out to eat. Any miles count if you would typically drive there, but hop on a bike instead. Prizes will be given to the top commuter in the Grand Valley!
Click here to sign-up.
Log your total miles spent commuting by bicycle (excluding recreational riding) in the following time frames:
All mileage must be entered by Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m. to be eligible for prizes. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Participants who submit miles will be entered to win a drawing!
As a celebration of Grand Valley Bike Month and the great access to mountain biking in our community, Healthy Mesa County presents the Grand Valley Mountain Bike Film Fest. Mountain biking is an activity for everyone, the young and old, men and women.
General Admission: $9.99 (+ Ticketmaster processing and credit card fees, if purchased online)
Advanced (admission + complimentary drink during rooftop pre-screening party): $13 (+ Ticketmaster processing and credit card fees, if purchased online)
Click here to purchase tickets. All profits will be donated locally.
Featured films will include:
Blue – A fantastical journey into a young girl’s imagination and a testament to the inherent creativity, innovation, and strength forged in women of the north.
The Line: The Courage to Get There – Mountain biking is gender neutral. Neutral in that there is no physical reason why one gender can participate and not the other. But the balance of male and female in terms of participation in what we do is hugely skewed towards the male. This has lead to strategies such as women only events and rides, with the laudable goal of attracting more women into riding bikes, to videos like this one.
Not2Bad – Anthill Films, the crew that brought you unReal, and the Trek C3 Project have joined forces yet again, this time in Spain, to bring you more shenanigans and unbelievable bicycle riding than ever before. Check out the trailer here.
Overland – Some adventures start with a story. Imagine a journey on a bike that ends when economically disadvantaged children each have 3 books instead of only 1 for every 300. That is Ride for Reading! We are beyond proud to be even a small part of this organization. Learn more at rideforreading.org.
Life of Pie – In 2002, mountain bikers and entrepreneurs Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to Fruita, Colorado, in search of cheap rent, world-class single track, and free time to ride. Over 15 years later, the two unconventional women have helped reshape one of the state’s most conservative towns, uniting the community through advocacy, inclusivity, and good pizza.
What it Takes, Abridged – “What it Takes” is a collaborative mountain bike film being created by Lightbulb Media and Listen Up Media, showcasing Colorado’s Grand Valley. You’ve just watched a sample of our style and witnessed the breadth of riding within 45 minutes of downtown Grand Junction.
Grand Enduro – A MAD Racing film about the annual Grand Enduro (click here for race information).
Choices – A mountain biker has an amazing menu of rides to choose from but which will he pick?
Join us at the Grand Valley Bike Month Celebration on May 22 a 5-8 p.m. at Las Colonias Park (behind the Botanical Gardens, by Watson Island Disc Golf Course and down the trail from Edgewater Brewery)!
The FREE event includes
– Live music
– Food trucks – The Little Pink Truck, TBD
– A bike rodeo – a fun obstacle course for kids of all ages. Different bikes and helmets available for participants.
– Colorado Discover Ability – try out one of their adaptive bikes and learn more about the work they do in our community!
CycleNation is a spin bike relay event that is not only fun but also raises money for American Heart Association, May 9 5:30-9 p.m. at Colorado Mesa University.
Here is a video about CycleNation to get you excited: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VNL0BST4TA
- The mission of each team will be to keep the team’s bike moving from 6:00pm-8:00pm (each person rides for 30 minutes) and then to celebrate heart and brain health with awards for the companies involved from 8:00-9:00pm.
- Each team needs 4 riders (each person rides for 30 minutes) and commit to setting a goal to raise $1,000 collectively as a team.
How to Sign-Up:
- Head to www.cyclenation.org/GrandJunction
- Click on “Register” – black box in the center of the page
- Click either “Start a Team” if you are going to be a team captain or “Join a Team” if a team captain has invited you to be on their team.
- Follow the remaining prompts, and start fundraising!
Bike Month Planning Committee Members