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12th Annual Bike, Walk and Wheel Week begins Saturday

Friday, May 10, 2013 | 4:16 p.m. CDT; updated 3:41 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 11, 2013

COLUMBIA — A local skateshop owner and longtime boarder will offer a workshop on using skateboards for transportation when Columbia's 12th Annual Bike, Walk and Wheel Week begins Saturday. 

Chris Bailey will host a workshop for beginner level skaters looking to get into skateboarding for transportation or recreational use. Topics at the 10 a.m. Saturday event include equipment, skating techniques, rules of the Columbia Skate Park and related traffic laws. 

In 2011, Bailey helped get a city ordinance passed to allow skaters — including skateboarders, rollerbladers and in-line skaters — to have the same rules as bicyclists. Previously, skaters weren't allowed on the streets. 

A similar workshop for cyclists begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Armory Sports Center.

Mother's Day on Sunday will feature all-female bike rides on the MKT Trail. Participants can choose between routes of 19 or 15 miles. The first 100 females to register will receive a free bike taillight and all registered participants will be entered into a drawing for one of two bicycles and bike shop gift cards. 

Next Friday marks National Bike to Work Day. To celebrate, there will be free breakfast stations set up across Columbia. 

Saturday

ABC's of Road Cycling: Certified bicycle instructors will teach skills, rules and tips for on-road cycling from 9 a.m. to noon at the Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash St. The first 25 participants to RSVP to jlgodon@gocolumbiamo.com will receive a free bike taillight and all attendees will be entered to win a free two-hour lesson. For more information, call 573-441-5495. 

Skateboarding for Transportation and Skatepark Safety: Columbia Skate Park, 1615 Business Loop 70 West, will host the workshop from 10 to 11a.m. and Bailey will teach techniques and traffic laws for skateboarding, whether it's in a skate park or for transportation. Attendees 15 years old or younger must wear a helmet. For more information, call 573-874-7640. 

Kids Bike Safety: After completing six skills stations, children can win a prize from 10 a.m. to noon at Shelter Insurance, 1817 West Broadway. Helmets are required. For more information, call 573-214-4500. 

Sunday

Bike or Hike to Church Sunday: Encourage your congregation to use active transportation. 

Mother's Day Cyclofemme Ride — We Ride Together: Women cyclists can come out at 3 p.m. to Scott Boulevard Trailhead, 3662 Scott Blvd., for a slow-paced 19-mile ride or a shorter 15 miles. Helmets are required and the first 100 females to register to jlgodon@gocolumbiamo.com will receive a free bike tail light. All registered riders will also be entered to win one of two bicycles and bike shop gift cards. For more information, call 573-823-5503. 

Monday

Bike is Your Ticket on Columbia Transit All Week: All cyclists can ride city buses for free all week. 

GetAbout Columbia Open House: The open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1 S. Seventh St., will feature trail maps, on-road guides, transit information and other tips for an active commute. 

Walking Public Art Tour: Come out at 6 p.m. to Flat Branch Park, 101 S. Fourth St., for a walking tour of downtown Columbia art. For more information, call 573-874-6386.

Tuesday

MKT and Country House Branch Secret Access Trail Ride: Helmets are required for this 13 mile ride at 6 p.m. at the Flat Branch Park Gazebo, 101 S. Fourth St. 

Wednesday

Family Fun Fest: Learn methods to stay fit from 6 to 8 p.m. with demonstrations and hands-on activities at Flat Branch Park, 101 S. Fourth St. 

Thursday

Try Transit Day: Everybody rides free all day on city buses. 

Walk the Course for $3 discount: Receive a $3 discount from 7 a.m. to dark for walking instead of riding one of the city's golf courses. For more information, call 573-445-4213 or 573-474-7011. 

Bike Maintenance Workshop: Learn basic bicycle maintenance such as how to repair or replace a tire tube or make cable and brake adjustments from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Walt's Bicycle Fitness & Wilderness Co., 1217 Rogers St. For more information, call 573-886-9258. 

Friday

Breakfast Station Day: Bike, walk or wheel for free breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at Flat Branch Park, MKT Forum Trailhead, Activity & Recreation Center, Lion-Stephens Park, Garth Nature Area or Wabash Station.  

Saturday

5K Walk/Run & 10K Bike Event: Run, walk or bike from 9 to 10 a.m. at the MKT trail, 800 S. Stadium Blvd., during this untimed event and get a free T-shirt while supplies last. 

Trilogy of Trails Family Bike Ride: This slow-paced 11-mile ride beginning at 10 a.m at the MKT Stadium Boulevard Trailhead, 800 S. Stadium Blvd. will include the MKT, MU Recreation and Hinkson Creek trails and showcase the new Greenbriar access trail. Helmets are required. 


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