If you've noticed a bike spike this past week, here's the two-wheeled deal: We're currently cruising through the thick of Boise Bike Week, the annual celebration of all things pedal-powered. Here are some remaining Bike Week events that have us spoke-stoked.
Pedal Power Potluck Picnic in the Park
Screw hand-mixed screwdrivers. At the Pedal Power Potluck Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, May 18, the Sierra Club is encouraging folks to trick out their rides, mad scientist-style.
"Can you use your bike to create your dinner along the way? Mix the drink, whip the cream, or whatever? Let your imagination go wild."
Picnic participants will congregate at Boise Co-op, where registration begins at 6 p.m. Too lazy to make a bike-powered chocolate mousse? Pick up a bike basket-full of pre-made picnic provisions at the store. 6 p.m., Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St. Park in the Sierra Club parking lot, 503 W. Franklin St. For more information, visit idahosierraclub.org/middlesnake. Helmets and signed waiver required.
All the sexiness of a drive-in movie, without any of the gas-guzzling guilt. This year's bike-in flick will be hosted at the Boise Bike Project headquarters off Lusk Street on Friday, May 20. Though attendees are encouraged to cart down whatever butt-supporting devices they please--lawn chairs, La-Z Boys, couches--there is one caveat: you have to get it there by bike. The evening starts off with a "bike noir" short by local filmmaker Zach Voss, which will be followed by the Academy Award-nominated animated film The Triplets of Belleville. The show gets rolling at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a no-host beer garden provided by New Belgium brewery. 6:30 p.m., Boise Bicycle Project Shop, 1027 Lusk St., boisebikeproject.org.
Bike Tour of Bench Homes
Learn the low-down on Spanish Revival and Mediterranean-influenced architecture on Saturday, May 21, with a free bike tour by Preservation Idaho. Host Dan Everhart will take attendees on a tour of Bench homes featuring these architectural styles at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reservation and helmets required. For more information, visit preservationidaho.org or contact 208-424-5111, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pedal Parade and Finale
The Pedal Parade is the grand finale of Boise Bike Week and it goes down on Saturday, May 21. Riders decked out in frilly pink tulle, superhero spandex and full-body bearsuits will meet at Capitol Park at 4:30 p.m. and ride leisurely through downtown before capping things off back at Capitol Park with a party featuring refreshments and a prize raffle. 4:30 p.m., ride begins at 5 p.m., Capitol Park, on Sixth Street between Bannock and Jefferson streets. For more information, visit boisebikeweek.org.