It's a never-ending quest to find harmony in the two-wheeled world--and we're not just talking about drivers and pedalers getting on each other's nerves. Road bikers mock mountain bikers who in turn dis fixie riders.
But playing the role of United Nations are events like Pedal 4 the People--the third-annual festival geared at not only encouraging more people to get on bikes, but to get bikers of all persuasions to unite in their mutual love of nonmotorized transportation.
How do you do that? You have two weeks of ridiculous and fun events put on by individuals and organizations across the area. Pedal 4 the People--which is headed up by Boise Bicycle Project--started on June 8, but there are still plenty of events to join in before everything wraps up on Saturday, June 22. All events are free (unless noted), although some require registration.
For a full list of events, visit pedal4thepeople.org.
To help narrow down the field, here are some of our top picks.
W.O.W. Women on Wheels
Thursday, June 13, 6-8 p.m.
As part of Boise Bicycle Project's ongoing mission to get more women using and feeling comfortable on bikes, this is the second of three events BBP is hosting this year. Women who pre-register will meet at BBP headquarters for a forum discussion on biking for women, with questions submitted by participants when they sign up online.
"We want women to meet each other and bond over the bicycle," said BBP Development Director Juta Geurtsen.
The group will then ride to Whole Foods for wine and cheese, as well as a bike-oriented fashion show hosted by Outdoor Exchange. The first 50 women to sign up get an autographed copy of Grant Petersen's book Just Ride, but there is room for up to 100 participants.
Star Wars vs. Star Trek Out of this World
Friday, June 14, 7 p.m.
Do you feel the Force or are you all about living long and prospering? It's time to take a side in the ultimate intergalactic debate and put your bike where your loyalty is.
Star Wars fans will meet in Ann Morrison Park at the fountain, while Trekkies will rendezvous at the tennis courts in Camel's Back Park. The two factions will then set their courses for Fairview Park, where the battle will go down. Regardless of if a winner can be declared, both sides will make nice and head to Spacebar in downtown Boise, where the bonding can begin.
It's safe to assume that costumed support of your side will be highly encouraged. In fact, it's almost mandatory.
Bike-in Movie Night
Monday, June 17, 8:30 p.m.
While this event was originally scheduled to take place at a private home, organizers realized that they needed a little more space to accommodate the crowd. The gathering has been moved to Elm Grove Park, 2200 W. Irene St., Boise, where anyone who arrives by bike can lounge on the grass and watch a bicycle-oriented film (actual title still TBD).
Since twilight is fairly late, organizers warn the film might not start until 9 p.m.
A Very Crooked Scavenger Hunt/Grand Finale
Saturday, June 22, 4-10 p.m.
To wrap things up this year, BBP is joining with Crooked Fence Brewing for a bike-based scavenger hunt through Boise before the final party.
Those age 21 and older meet at 13th Street Pub and Grill in Hyde Park for a 4 p.m. start time before scouring the area for treasures at 12 stops. The entry fee is $5, and all participants must be back to the starting line by 6 p.m., which happens to be when the final party starts.
Partygoers can kick back with food, drinks and music by Edmond Dantes and Bread and Circus.
Wednesday, June 12--Bike Arts and Crafts Night, 6-8 p.m. at Boise Bicycle Project.
Saturday, June 15--Chica Dirt Girl Rodeo, 9 a.m.-noon at Eagle Bike Park.
Saturday, June 15--Bare as You Dare III, 9 p.m. at the Camel's Back Park tennis courts. 21 and older.
Sunday, June 16--Vintage Bike Swap, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ride Aid parking lot, 1515 W. State St., Boise.
Wednesday, June 19--Free small coffee for bike riders at Flying M Coffeehouse.
Thursday, June 20--Much Ado About Bicycles, 6 p.m. ride from BBP to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Tickets to the play need to be purchased in advance.
Thursday, June 20--Vintage Cyclist Ride, 5 p.m. at Municipal Park. For ages 45 and older.
Saturday, June 22--Bicycle Yogi, Free one-hour yoga classes for bicyclists at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Hollywood Market Yoga.