Blinking Man is riding back into Downtown Las Vegas—and they’re bringing a projector with them. The first ever Bike In Movie Night will be held at Huntridge Circle Park on Saturday, September 16 at 6 p.m. with all attendees encouraged to bike. The all-ages event will feature everything from demonstrations to a group ride.
In keeping with the event’s theme, the Bike In’s movie will be 1979 cycling comedy Breaking Away. Sponsored by Councilman Bob Coffin and the Las Vegas City Council, with participation from the Regional Transportation Center, the event is a step toward more engaging events for the community.
“It feels like we’re on our way to being a bicycle-friendly city,” says Kathleen Kahr, organizer of the event.
The gathering will feature demonstrations of the new RTC Bike Share bicycles, free helmets and fittings for children and free bike lights for the first 50 participants to arrive. There will also be several bicycle-operated noshes, free ice cream, repair tents and more. LaFamilia Bicycle Club will also have some of their lowriders for guests to check out.
“My idea is to cross all of the streets of bicycling,” Kahr says.
From those who bike for fun to competitive racers, Kahr says the event is open to all. It’s free, family-friendly and aims to show the love for bicycling. Thanks to the City’s push for more awareness, safety and inclusion of cyclers is now more accessible, she says.
Kahr is also the vice president for the Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition, which will host the NV Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit on November 13 and 14 at Suncoast Hotel & Casino. The summit will be a large educational and networking event geared toward the education of the bicycling infrastructure.
Despite all of Kahr’s achievements to promote cycling education and awareness, she says the RTC and the City have been a big support. Their commitment to creating a more bike-friendly atmosphere in the Downtown area has contributed greatly to Las Vegas’ biking growth.
“Without the help of the City and the Commission, it’d be very difficult,” Kahr says.