Bike Night

Bike Night

 Join GreenUP and B!KE every Thursday for a night all about bikes starting this April.

1st Thursday: The focus is bike mechanics – repair, maintenance and building.

2nd Thursday: The focus is family fun – tune-ups, rides, playgrounds, and skills courses for all ages.

3rd Thursday: The focus is confidence building – commuter skills, route planning, gear talks, and more to get you on your bike.

4th Thursday: The focus is discovery rides – visit parks, galleries, new trails, gardens, and possibly buttertarts by bike.


Please register for Bike Night workshops below. Some workshops have a limited number of spaces available and fill up quickly. If a workshop you were interested in is full, send us a quick email and we will let you know if a space opens up or another workshop is added.

Learn and ride together on Family Bike Nights. The second Thursday of each month focuses on family bike fun! All ages are welcome, and we request a minimum of one adult per three children. Teens are welcome to attend other Bike Nights, but those under 16 should attend with an adult.

All courses are taught by experienced Cycling Instructors and/or Bicycle Mechanics from B!KE & GreenUP, and special guests.


Bike Cleaning

It is often said at B!KE that 80% of maintenance is cleaning! Join Charlie for an in-depth workshop where you can really “brush up” on your bike cleaning skills. Limited to six participants, registration is required. Bring your bike!

Thursday July 6, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ B!KE (limit 6 people)

 

Bike Playground Pop-up

Join GreenUP and B!KE for some family fun on our Bike Playground. We’ll throw in a few group bike games, too. Practice your bike handling skills and build your confidence.  Meet and learn from other bike riders at this Bike Night. Kids aged 2 to 10 seem to like the playground best, but older kids and kids-at-heart are welcome, too.

Thursday July 13, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ Del Crary Park

 

Bike Infrastructure Tour

Join GreenUP for an on-bike workshop that will aim to answer all your questions about how and where to ride on the road. We will learn how to be visible and predictable, and review how to use new bike infrastructure in town. After some bike drills and Q&A, we will go for a short ride on Peterborough trails and roads.

Thursday July 2o, 2017 | 6:00 – 7:30pm | @ GreenUP Ecology Park

 

Discovery Ride – Community Garden Tour

Join GreenUP and Nourish for a loving evening bike tour to learn more about Peterborough’s thriving Community Garden movement while visiting local community gardens. We will tour 4-5 gardens with an opportunity to hear about each site from some of their active gardeners. Community gardens provide communal access to public spaces for people to grow their own food. Take in the sites, smells and sounds of these gardens with us!

Thursday July 27, 2017 (Rain Date: Monday, July 31) | 6:00-7:30pm | Tour will start at GreenUP Ecology Park and end at the Ashburnham Ale House (Rotary Trail/Hunter Street)

 

ABC’s of Bike Maintenance

This 1.5-hour workshop will take you into the gritty basics maintaining your bike through the season. 10 participants max, registration is required. Bring a bicycle if you would like to.

Thursday August 3, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ B!KE (limit 10 people)

Awe shucks, this popular workshop is full.  Of course you are always welcome to drop into B!KE’s Open Shop program to complete your own tune-up with B!KE volunteers. Click here to find B!KE’s hours.

 

Family Trail Ride

Let’s ride The Great Trail! We will meet at the Bonaccord entrance to Jackson Park for a family group ride along The Great Trail (a.k.a. The Trans-Canada Trail). The ride will depart at 6pm, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and join us for dinner before the ride. Car parking is available at Bonnerworth Park and Skate Park.

Thursday August 10, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ Bonaccord entrance to the Trans-Canada Trail

 

GreenUP Ecology Park Lantern Festival

Thursday August 24, 2017 | TBA | @ GreenUP Ecology Park

 

Bike to School Route Planning

Keep the fun of outdoor activity going by committing to walking or rolling to school.  The first day of school sneaks up on us, so while you plan ahead for indoor shoes and lunches you can also plan your route to school.  GreenUP will help you prepare; we will have maps and tips to help you plan a route, set up routines and get the whole family ready for the trip to and from school.  Bring the kids (and bikes), get them involved in the planning and then join in some bike games that remind everyone about cycling safety.

Thursday August 31, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ GreenUP Ecology Park

 

Bike Fender Installation

Installing fenders can be shockingly slow and frustrating. Join a group of people putting their focus into fenders. Smile and laugh about putting in the time to make sure you stay dry this fall!

Thursday September 7, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm | @ B!KE (limit 6 people)

 

kids on bikes PTBO

Join B!KE, GreenUP and community friends for some Bike Rodeo fun.  This on-bike family event allows riders to practice their bike handling skills, learn some rules of the road, and get helmet checks through fun activity.

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 | 10am-2pm | @Millennium Park

 

Wet Weather Riding

Don’t let the wet weather keep you off your bike (especially this year).  Join GreenUP & B!KE for a workshop to help prepare you for riding in wet weather.  We will share tips on how to keep you, and your cargo, dry, and comfortable.  Let’s talk tire pressure, fenders, lights, clothes and more.  Come out and share your tips.  Rain or shine we will meet at B!KE share ideas and then go for a short ride.

Thursday September 21, 2017 | 5:30-7:00pm | @ B!KE

 

Discovery Ride – Rain Garden Tour

Join us on a guided cycling tour as we explore and reconnect with the movement of water within the community. We will explore the many water benefits of cycling and view the City through blue lenses.  Along the way we will learn how green space, and the lack thereof, interacts with water, visit a number of  recognized Water Wise gardens, stop to speak with garden and water stewards, re-imagine spaces, and more!

Thursday September 28, 2017 | 5:30-7:00pm | Meet-up @ GreenUP’s downtown office (378 Aylmer St. N.)

Register

Discovery Ride - Rain Garden Tour

First Name (required)
Last Name (required)
Phone Number (required)
Email Address (required)

 


Past Bike Night Events

Spring Bike Tune-up

This two hour workshop will help you get your bike ready for spring while teaching you about the basics of maintaining it through the season. Get that bike out of storage and bring it to the workshop!

Thursday April 6, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm | @ B!KE (limit 10 people)

Well, that was fun! This workshop is over, but you’re welcome to drop into B!KE’s Open Shop program to complete your own tune-up with B!KE volunteers. Click here to find B!KE’s hours.

Family Bike Tune-up

This workshop is a chance for families to work together on getting their bikes ready to ride. We will cover the ABC’s of bike maintenance in a playful and accessible way. Come prepared to work as a family on each bicycle in turn. Kids aged 8 to 12 often demonstrate the most interest and ability to work on bicycles.

Thursday April 13, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm | @ B!KE (limit 5 groups, no more than 2 kids per adult please.)

Well, that was fun! This workshop is over, but you’re welcome to drop into B!KE’s Open Shop program to complete your own tune-up with B!KE volunteers. Click here to find B!KE’s hours.

How to go CAR-FREE

Join GreenUP for a 1.5-hour workshop on how to get you and your bike ready for your daily commute to work, school, or the corner store. We’ll talk racks, panniers, lights, and gear, then go on a short ride to address questions you may have about riding on the road.

Thursday April 20, 2017 | 6:00 – 7:30pm | @ GreenUP Ecology Park (limit 10 people)

Discovery Ride – SPARK Spin

Join GreenUP for a ride around town to visit a number of SPARK Photo Festival exhibits. We will visit 6 locations on the Peterborough Discovery Tour Route, traveling approx. 10km on road, bike lane, and trail. Be sure to have front and back bike lights for this early spring tour!

Thursday April 27, 2017 | 5:00-7:30pm | @ Peterborough Square (at corner of Water and Charlotte) (limit 10 people)

SPARK Spin has wrapped for 2017, but we had so much fun we’re already planning 2018. More rides and routes to come!

Women’s Only ABC’s of Bike Maintenance

Learning in a women only environment can be rewarding, comfortable, and fun. This two-hour workshop will help you get your bike ready for spring while teaching you about the basics of maintaining it through the season. Bring a bicycle if you would like to. Just to be 100% clear, B!KE invites trans women to join us at any women only event.

Thursday May 4, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm | @ B!KE (limit 10 people)

Well, that was fun! This workshop is over, but you’re welcome to drop into B!KE’s Open Shop program to complete your own tune-up with B!KE volunteers. Click here to find B!KE’s hours.

Ready to Ride for Families

Get up to speed on where to ride and how to pass. Practice stopping, hand signals, and maneuvering through games and activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Learn as a family, and share what you know with other families in this 1.5 hr skills building workshop!

Thursday May 11, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ GreenUP Ecology Park (limit 20 people)

How to move heavy things (like your kids) by bike

Join GreenUP, B!KE, and local bike experts to discuss the pros and cons of various bikes built for moving stuff. We’ll look at trailers, extenders, cargos, and electric options that will help you move more stuff around town. There may even be a couple models on hand for testing.

Thursday May 18, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ GreenUP Ecology Park (no limit)

Discovery Ride – Peterborough by Bike

Explore the new cycling facilities in Peterborough’s downtown with Susan Sauve, the City’s TDM Planner. Susan can answer all your questions about how to use new bike lanes and bike boxes, and will provide the latest scoop on upcoming projects. Bring your bicycle, helmet and be prepared to ride for ½ the time of your guided tour.

Thursday May 25, 2017 | 5:30-6:30pm | @ Millennium Park (at the Silver Bean at the end of King Street) (limit 10 people)

ABC’s of Bike Maintenance

This two-hour workshop will take you into the gritty basics maintaining your bike through the season. Bring a bicycle if you would like to.

Thursday June 1, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm | @ B!KE (limit 10 people)

Well, that was fun! This workshop is over, but you’re welcome to drop into B!KE’s Open Shop program to complete your own tune-up with B!KE volunteers. Click here to find B!KE’s hours.

Kiddical Mass

Calling all families! We like to ride bikes. You like to ride bikes. Let’s ride bikes together in one of the largest all-ages group ride this city has ever seen! (More info to come on route)

Thursday June 8, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ GreenUP Ecology Park (no limit, but please register so that we can send you route info, and ensure we have enough ride marshals)

That was super fun! Check out our Kiddical Mass photos here.

Rules of the Road for Cyclists

Join GreenUP for an on-bike workshop that will aim to answer all your questions about how and where to ride on the road. We will practice maneuverability skills, learn how to be visible and predictable, and review the laws for cyclists. After some bike drills and Q&A, we will go for a short ride on Peterborough trails and roads.

Thursday June 15, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ GreenUP Ecology Park (limit 10 people)

SPECIAL Solstice Glow Ride

Join B!KE for a summer solstice glow ride. Celebrate the shortest night of the year with a Glow Ride!

This will be the longest loop we have taken a glow ride on: from downtown we will take the Trans Canada Trail to the Parkway Trail, The Parkway trail and Water Street up to Trent, and the Rotary Trail back downtwon. The past few Glow Rides show us that areas wthout street lights are just lovely to really see the bicycles all lit up!

Some LED lights available to borrow from B!KE. Lots of great options online or at local stores such as Home Hardware, Dollarama, and Michaels. White front light and red tail light required. Bike decorating from 9pm till 10:30pm (it takes longer than you think!).

Ride leaves from the alley behind B!KE at 10:30. Loop should take approximately 1.5 hours. Helmets strongly encouraged. All riders are asked to stay between the ride leader and the sweep.

Thursday June 22, 2017 | 9pm-12:30am | @ B!KE (no limit, but please register so that we can send you route info, and ensure we have enough ride marshals)

 

Discovery Ride – Exploring our Urban Trails

Peterborough’s urban trails can quickly and conveniently get you from place to place as you move through your week. Join us for a 17km loop ride along three of our popular trails to learn about their past, present, and future.

Thursday June 29, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm | @ GreenUP Store (limit 10 people)