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KICKSTART YOUR SUMMER WITH THIS MONTH LONG COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF BIKES, ART, MUSIC AND THEATER

Early Bird Bike Ride and Nature Walk

Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 8:00 am

Riverfront Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Trails will offer Early Bird Nature Walks and Bicycle Rides, to be held from April to October, on the first Sunday of each month, beginning at 8:00am. A naturalist-led walk will be held from 8am-9am, followed by a 90 minute leisurely-paced bicycle ride. Participants may attend both activities. There is no fee. These events will be open to the public. Each event will include an introduction to using binoculars, bird guide apps and books, a brief history of the area’s rivers and geography, and basic identification of such things as poison ivy. Each event will also include a 10-minute “Celebrate Urban Birds” (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) observation project at the Wells Street Bridge.

Location: Wells Street Bridge near 1004 Cass Street
 in downtown Fort Wayne

Parkview Trauma Center “Share the Road” campaign 
 Helmet Giveaway

Sunday, May 1, 2016 –
 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Get ready for bicycle season! Parkview Trauma Center will fit you with a new helmet and bicycle safety information to ensure a happy and safe summer of cycling.

Location: Parkview Safety Store
 1818 Carew Street, Suite 140

Please register for this event using the following links depending on the time you would like to pick up your helmet:

Fort Wayne Community Schools

FWCS Bike to School Day
 at Forest Park Elementary

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

7:45 am

Students Ride from Home
 to Forest Park Elementary School

3:00 pm

Students Ride Home
 from Forest Park Elementary School

Trek the Trails Weekly Rides

Tuesdays in May – May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2016 – 6:00 pm

Fort Wayne has one of the finest trail systems in the Midwest with nearly 90 miles of trail winding through the city. Join local trail users for weekly bike rides this spring to experience Fort Wayne on 2 wheels. You’ll love reconnecting with nature along the linear parkways of the Rivergreenway or learning the history of the Wabash & Erie Canal along the Towpath Trail or enjoying the many miles of new trails throughout the Greater Fort Wayne area. Load up your family and bikes and join the fun!

Participants are asked to wear helmets and bring water along for the ride. All participants ride at their own risk. Tuesday rides will continue through the summer.

For more information, call the City of Fort Wayne Greenways & Trails Office at 427-6228 or Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. at 969-0079

Bike Fusion

Bikefusion
 Bikes – Brew – Music

Friday, May 6, 2016 – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Bikefusion is a bicycle expo featuring Summit City Bicycles and Fitness, Human Motorworks, Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bicycle Depot, Turnstone, Parkview Trauma Center and Parkview Sports Medicine. The bike show is “fused” with craft beer, good food and good music. Participants will have a unique opportunity to test ride the latest bicycles of all types on an indoor track.

Location: Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone

Event: Trek the Trails Opening Event

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
 – 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Trek the Trails ride will begin at 6:00 pm and will be followed by a party including beverages and food. The ride is free and the party is only $10.00 per person.

Location: Saloman Farm Park
, 817 W. Dupont Road

Summit City Bicycles

Ladies’ Open House at Summit City Bicycles & Fitness

Thursday, May 12, 2016
 – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

An open house focused on ladies’ cycling products and attire with special discounts and expert advice.

Location: Summit City Bicycles & Fitness
 3801 Lima Road

Tri State Triathalon

Tristate Triathlon
 Super Sprint Duathlon

Saturday, May 14, 2016

8:00 am

Packet Pickup

9:00 am

Start

Try multisport with this fast and exciting Super Spring Duathlon with a 2.22K run, a 5-mile off-road bike and a 2.22K run.

Location: Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot
, 1004 Cass Street

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation logo

Fairy Trails – A Family Bicycle Ride in Costume

Saturday, May 14, 2015

Does your family love Finn or Rey from Star Wars, or maybe you’re fans of traditional fairytale figures like the Little Mermaid or Cinderella. Whoever your favorite characters are, you and your children are invited to dress up like them, even decorate your bikes if you’d like, and join this family-friendly bike ride on sidewalks and trails from Lawton Park to Freimann Square.

Medals will be awarded to the first 50 children who register and complete the ride.

At Freimann Square more fun awaits. You can try a bicycle obstacle course and attend performances by: the Fort Wayne Youtheatre , Alice in Wonderland, Fort Wayne Ballet, Fort Wayne Dance Collective and The Magnificient Plan. There will also be face painting by TAG Art, FAME’s Arts and Crafts Booth and a castle bounce house! A bike valet will be available to store your bikes while you have fun at Freimann Square.

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. At 9:15 am Kate Riordan, the City of Fort Wayne’s Active Transportation Planner, will lead our ride on sidewalks and trails to Freimann Square

Fee: $5 per child (parents ride free). $10 maximum per family.

Location: Lawton Park – Parking lot on the south side of 4th Street.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Presents
Third Annual Fairy Tale Fest

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Third Annual Fairy Tale Fest will feature live performances by Youtheatre, Fort Wayne Ballet, and the Fort Wayne Dance Collective all around the Arts United Campus!  As part of the Kickstart Festival in May, families will also enjoy fun family activities with FAME arts & crafts, T.A.G. Art Company’s face painting, the Gypsy Face Painter, live Storybook Characters and more!

Location: Arts United Campus

Kickstart4Kids brought to you by Fort4Fitness

Saturday, May 14, 2016
 – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Kickstart4Kids is a FREE kid-focused event that brings the fun and joy of cycling to kids! Cycling is a great way to lead an active and healthy lifestyle that’s fun for the whole family. Activities include bicycle checks and fittings, and cycling safety. Other activities include arts, crafts, and a kids obstacle course provided by the Northeast Indiana Trail Riders Organization (N.I.T.R.O.)

Location: Main Street Arts Campus

FWCS Career Academy

Bike to the Show
 For the Love of Kids, Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles

Saturday, May 14, 2016

8:00 am – 12:00 pm:
Parking lot chalk art; purchase a parking space and create your own art (chalk provided).

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm:
Car, truck, motorcycle show, kids games, DJ, bicycle parking and pinewood derby.

5:00 pm:
Awards Ceremony

Location: Bill C. Anthis Center,
 1200 S. Barr Street

YMCA

Skyline YMCA & Bike Hub Grand Opening and Open House

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Come visit the new Skyline YMCA & Bike Hub. Tour the new facilities and check out at all of the amenities now available for cyclists in downtown Fort Wayne. The Bike hub at the Skyline YMCA offers the convenience of bike storage and shower access for days when you bike to work.

RSVP by May 10, 2016 to Gayle Dragoo, 260.918.2151
 or Gayle_Dragoo@fwymca.org.

Location: Skyline YMCA & Bike Hub
 838 S. Harrison Street

Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne

Ride of Silence and Blessing of the Bicycles

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 6:30 PM

The second annual Blessing of the Bicycles will take place on Union Street between Wilt and Jefferson. Pastor Thomas Eggold of Emmanuel Lutheran Church will be performing the blessing. Come on out before the Ride of Silence and have your favorite bicycle blessed!

Location: Union Street between Wilt and Jefferson

City of Fort Wayne

Bike to Work Day Breakfast

Friday, May 20, 2016
 – 6:30 am to 8:00 am

Join fellow bicycle commuters at Headwaters West 
for free coffee, bagels, and other treats and the chance
to win prizes! This event will take place rain or shine.

Location: Headwaters Park West

Bike to Work Day After-Party

Friday, May 20, 2016 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wrap up Bike to Work Week and celebrate with us! Push your pedals over to the depot and hang out with old cycling friends and make some new ones! Grab a beer and listen to live music…it’s gonna be a great time!

Location: Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot
, 1004 Cass Street

Riverfront Art Bench Unveiling

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 7:00 am to 10:30 am

Ten former Citilink bus stop benches have been transformed into attractive, functional works of public art by local artists and will be revealed during Kickstart Saturday on May 21. The benches will be on display along Main Street at the Arts United Campus near Freimann Square from 7:00 am – 10:30 a.m.. Artists will be available at 9:00 a.m. to greet the public and talk about their artwork. The benches will be installed along the Rivergreenway in downtown Fort Wayne in June.

Location: Main Street Arts Campus

Bike Valet on Kickstart Saturday

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Park your bike with the Bike Valet before, during and after the Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle. Brought to you by Fort4Fitness, TriState Triathlon and the City of Fort Wayne.

Location: Main Street Arts Campus

YLNI Farmers Market

YLNI Barr Street Farmers Market
Opening Day on Kickstart Saturday

Saturday, May 21, 2016
 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Barr Street Market offers fresh and unique local produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts in a cultural setting. The Market is a producer-only market, meaning that our vendors personally make or grow the products they sell. Every vendor is local, coming from Allen or surrounding counties. Live music and children’s activities add to the experience.

Location: Barr Street Market
, Corner of Wayne and Barr Streets

Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The 5th Annual Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle will be held in downtown Fort Wayne at the Arts United campus again this year. For 2016 the Spring Cycle will feature four different tour distances, including a new 10 Mile course! Everyone from the beginner to the advanced cyclist can choose a tour that’s perfect for them!

Join us on May 21, as we are excited to partner with other downtown organizations to provide a fun, family-friendly day of biking in Fort Wayne! Other festivities will include a Spring Expo, Barr Street Market, local food trucks and our Kickstart4Kids event.

Friday, May 20:

5 pm – 8 pm: Fort4Fitness Late Registration and Early Check-In

Saturday, May 21:

7 am – 8:30 am: Fort4Fitness Late Registration and Check-In
9 am – 1 pm: Barr Street Market Opening of Barr Street Market season
9 am – 4 pm: Fort Wayne Trails Bike Valet
9 am: Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle Metric Century Tour start
10 am: Fort4Fitness 5th Annual Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle Tour start
12 pm – 4 pm: Kickstart Festival Block Party

Location: Main Street Arts Campus (Start) / Headwaters Park (Finish)

Club Soda

Kickstart Community Block Party

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm (Immediately following Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle)

Celebrate the Kickstart Festival 2016 with your friends and neighbors as well as Kickstart, MS Walk and Great American Cleanup participants and volunteers. This is an old-fashioned block party and it is open to the public.

Emcee: Jim Shovlin
Music provided by: Good Night Gracie
Food provided by: Club Soda

Menu:

African Pulled Pork with Island Slaw-
 Bleu Cheese Red Skin Potato Salad: $7.00
Black and Bleu Burger & Fries: $8.00
Fries: $2.50
Slaw: $2.50
Water / Soda: $2.00

Location: Headwaters Park East Pavilion

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