Displays, attractions open sixth annual Bike Week

Sunday, May 13, 2007 | 12:03 a.m. CDT; updated 3:00 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Glen Wolfe admires some classic bicycles displayed at Bike, Walk and Wheel Week on Saturday in Flat Branch Park.

The 1939 Mead Ranger Autocycle was the top of the line in its day, complete with a Greyhound ornament poised on its fender.

The bike was one of the highlights of Karl Kimbel’s “Evolution of the Bicycle” display in Flat Branch Park at the Kick Off Celebration for Bike, Walk and Wheel Week on Saturday afternoon.


Today 1 to 3 p.m. at the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, 1005 W. Worley St. Donations of gently used bikes will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon for the 2 p.m. bike giveaway. Those interested in receiving a bike should line up for a voucher at 1 p.m. Following the giveaway, children can practice their bike safety at skills stations around the parking lot. Monday Skate Party 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Empire Roller Rink, 1305 Business Loop 70. A $1 discount will be given to those wearing this year’s Bike, Walk and Wheel Week T-shirt. Tuesday Spring Health and Fitness Expo 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St. Drop by to learn about nonmotorized commuting and gather information about health and fitness. Wednesday Keeping Kids Safe on Columbia Streets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Daniel Boone Regional Library, Garth and Broadway. Officer Jessie Hayden Pitman will answer questions from parents and provide common-sense tips for staying safe while biking or walking to and from school. Columbia Bicycle/Pedestrian Commission Meeting 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Daniel Boone Building, 701 E. Broadway Thursday PedNet Scavenger Hunt 6 to 8 p.m., at Grill One-5 Restaurant, 15 S. Sixth St. Teams will register from 5 to 6 p.m. for a $10 fee, then go out on the hunt around town solving clues and collecting treasures. PedNet Project Open House 4 to 7 p.m. at the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway Committee members from Columbia’s Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program will be on hand to explain the program and answer questions about upcoming activities. Basic Bicycle Maintenance and Commuting Tips Class 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Walt’s Bicycle, Fitness & Wilderness Company, 1217 Rogers St. Learn to tackle flat tires, brake adjustments and more; followed by a “how to” class on being a responsible commuter. Friday Bike, Walk & Wheel Day 7 to 9 a.m. at 10 stations around town. Get rewarded for your week of effort and enjoy breakfast with family, friends and fellow commuters. Saturday Columbia Bike Club Poker Ride 9 a.m. start at Walt’s Bicycle, Fitness & Wilderness Company, 1217 Rogers St. Green Lawns/Blue Waters, A Show-Me Yards Field Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Innovative yard-care solutions that promote a healthy environment will be on display and open to the public at nine bikeable and walkable locations. Download a map of the event at Columbia Walking Club Organized Walk Noon to 2 p.m., meet at Stephens Lake Park Join members of the walking club in the parking lot and return in time for the rally. Bike, Walk & Wheel Week Final Rally 2 to 4 p.m. at Stephens Lake Park Enjoy free food, live music by Ironweed Bluegrass Band, and take part in prize drawings.

The display included 11 bicycles from Kimbel’s personal collection that he chose as examples of trends and advances in bicycle technology and design.

“A lot of the supposedly new technology has been around for a long time but just went underground,” Kimbel said.

Kimbel’s display was just one of the attractions offered to participants at the Kick Off Celebration, marking the beginning of the sixth annual event, started by Mayor Darwin Hindman in 2002.

“This year we have registered 2,700 participants so far, and we are hoping to get more during the week,” said Janet Godon, the event’s organizer.

This year’s Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week will feature a variety of informational events on bicycle maintenance and pedestrian safety and an opportunity to get a free donated bike. It will culminate in a rally Saturday at Stephens Lake Park with free food, live music and a drawing for prizes.

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