NEWS RELEASE: April 23, 2019
Celebrate National Bike Month in May
WASHINGTON COUNTY, UT- With over 300 days of sunshine, Washington County is easily one of the best places to get into the habit of bicycling to work, to the grocery store, or just for fun! May is National Bike Month, featuring local activities planned through the combined efforts of the City of St George, Washington City, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, the Bicycle Collective, and the Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance.
Win a Bike: Each day in May, bikers can earn an entry by snapping a photo of where they are riding and posting it on Facebook and Instagram, tagged with #bikedixie. The more days you bike and post, the greater chance you have to win one of two new bikes.
Bike Prom! (Saturday, April 27, 5-8:30 pm): Gear up for bike month with a community bike ride for all abilities, followed by a dinner and formal dance party held at Snake Hollow Bike Park. Yep, bike in your formal attire!
5 PM: Roll out for a no-drop, social bike ride (free of charge).
6:30 – 8:30 PM: Formal dinner and dance ($10 per person).
Get tickets at eventbrite.com (search for Trail Prom in St. George)
Washington City Cotton Days (April 26-28): Kick off Bike Month by joining this celebration of festivities for people of all ages. Visit the Washington County Community Center booth at the fair (between 10am – 2pm) for more information on participating in Bike Month. Enjoy the Ice Cream Social & Movie in the Park on April 26th (everyone loves The Sandlot!). On Saturday, April 27th, start the morning with a new tradition and run the Cotton Days 5k at Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park starting at 7am, followed by the Lions Club Breakfast at Veterans Park (7-10am). The day’s adventures continue with the Cotton Days Parade (9am), vendors and games, a car show at Nissons Park, and a tractor pull! For full details check out CottonDays.org. Help spread the word!
“Bike with Pike” (Monday, May 6, 6-8 pm): Enjoy free hot dogs, music, giveaways and a bike rodeo. This event will begin and end at the St George Confluence Trailhead with a guided ride led by Mayor Pike, suitable for all skill levels.
National Bike to School Day (Wednesday, May 8): All students are invited to bike to school. Washington Elementary will be holding a special bike to school event with a light breakfast and bike rodeo with the Washington City Police Department.
City of St. George Neighborhood Open House (Thursday, May 9, 6-8 pm): Meet the Mayor and City Council members at Historic Town Square and learn about plans to make our streets more walkable and bikeable. Enjoy light refreshments along with short biking (and e-scooter) tours of downtown.
National Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 17, 7-10 am): People biking to work can stop at any of five pit stops across the St. George area between 7 am and 10 am. Participants will get free breakfast, free bike safety gear, and a simple tune-up on their bike from a local shop (while supplies last). Here are the locations:
Ace Hardware: corner of Bluff Street and the Boulevard
Maverick: 1216 S Bluff St.
River Road Bridge across Virgin River: about 1400 South and River Road
Smith’s at Dino Crossing: 565 N Mall Dr, St. George
Washington City Community Center: 350 Community Center Drive
For a complete list of local biking events for May, visit www.bikedixie.org.
Southwest Utah Public Health Department: Kye Nordfelt (435) 773-8155
City of St. George: David Cordero (435) 627-4051
Washington City: David Woodcock (435) 656-6363