Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Free Bike Valet Service

October 3, 2013 by  
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Park free at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta when you get on your bike and beat the traffic.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta bike valet service lets cyclists park free again this year, throughout the 2013 Fiesta from October 5-13. That saves the $10 per car parking fee, and probably some sitting-in-traffic stress!

The service has been likened to a “coat check for bicycles” and bikes are stored securely while the rider is at the Balloon Fiesta sessions during these hours:

  • Morning Sessions: 5:30 – 10:30 am
  • Evening Sessions: 5 – to 9 pm

Take the bike trail running along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel, underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ending at the north of the Balloon Museum in the bike valet parking station.

I always see loads of cyclists whizzing past my (slower) car on the way to the morning ballon ascensions and they always look very smug about it. They are smugger still for free parking!  Balloon Fiesta officials remind cyclists that you’ll be arriving in the dark in morning sessions (well, you know that already). But easier to forget: although you’ll arrive in daylight for evening sessions, it’ll be dark when leaving after the evening events and fireworks, so bike lights and proper gear are essential.

If you do decide to drive instead of taking advantage of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta free bike valet, it’s cheaper to buy a $50 parking pass if you are going for more than five separate sessions. You can also use the Park & Ride options.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place from October 5 – 13, 2013.

–Tania


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Bike to Work Day Goodies: May 17

May 14, 2013 by  
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As part of National Bike to Work Day 2013, roll up for free refreshments, free Starbucks, and free swag at breakfast stops on May 17.

Get on your bike for freebies this Friday May 17, 2013  on the Albuquerque Bike to Work Day. If you cycle to work you can join the free-wheeling fun from 6:30 to 8:30 am at the BikeABQ and the City of Albuquerque breakfast stop locations. They’re giving out snacks, biking info, and fun and very useful biking giveaways.

The free stuff includes T-shirts, water bottles, lights, patch kits, tire levers, reflective leg bands, and seat packs. The free breakfast items are granola bars, coffee and bananas, supplied by Starbucks, General Mills, and APS. All freebies are while supplies last, so you’ll have to start moving your little leggies and cycle there early!

This link shows you all the ABQ Bike to Work Day breakfast stops including maps and directions. They are positioned all over the city from Downtown at Civic Plaza (the northwest corner off Marquette),  Uptown at the Uptown Transit Center (Indian School and Americas Parkway), the Erna Fergusson Library east of San Mateo at the Paseo del Nordeste Trail, and on the Westside at Montano and Winterhaven. Plus three more stops.

Get fit, help the planet, and freebies too – what’s not to love?

–Tania

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ABQ Balloon Fiesta Free Bike Valet Service

October 1, 2012 by  
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Park free at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta when you get on your bike and beat the traffic.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta free bicycle valet service lets cyclists park free again this year, throughout the 2012 Fiesta from October 6-14. That saves the $10 per car parking fee, and probably some sitting-in-traffic stress!

The service has been likened to a “coat check for bicycles” and bikes are stored securely while the rider is at the Balloon Fiesta sessions during these hours:

  • Morning Sessions: 5:30 – 10:30 am
  • Evening Sessions: 5 – to 9 pm

Take the bike trail running along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel, underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ending at the north of the Balloon Museum in the bike valet parking station.

I always see loads of cyclists whizzing past my (slower) car on the way to the morning ballon ascensions and they always look very smug about it. Smugger still for free parking!  Balloon Fiesta officials remind cyclists that you’ll be arriving in the dark in morning sessions (well, you know that already). But easier to forget: although you’ll arrive in daylight for evening sessions, it’ll be dark when leaving after the evening events and fireworks, so bike lights and proper gear are essential.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place from October 6 – 14, 2012.

–Tania

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Bike to Work Day Goodies: May 18

May 14, 2012 by  
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As part of National Bike to Work Day 2012, roll up for free refreshments and swag at snack stops on May 18.

Get on your bike for freebies  this Friday May 18, 2012  on Albuquerque’s Bike to Work Day. If you cycle to work you can join the free-wheeling fun from 6:30 to 9 am at the BikeABQ and the City of Albuquerque breakfast stop locations. They’re giving out snacks and biking info, and they usually have fun biking giveaways.

Get fit, help the planet, and freebies too – what’s not to love?

The breakfast stops are at: 

  • Downtown at the junction of First and Central by the Alvarado Transportation Center
  • Uptown at the Rapid Ride Station (Indian School and Americas Parkway)
  • North Vally at the El Pueblo Rail Runner Station (El Pueblo and Edith)
  • Westside at Montano and Winterhaven
  • Erna Fergusson Library east of San Mateo at the Paseo del Nordeste Trail.

Hmm, they usually have more stops, but maybe they’ll add more on as the week progresses. See the latest updates and a map of the ABQ Bike to Work Day food stops.

And as we’re in a Strive Not to Drive mode, remember that free parking is always available at Albuquerque Park & Ride lots during transit service hours for ABQ Ride passengers.

–Tania

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Bike Tours: Holiday Lights and Luminaria

December 14, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque bike tours for the holiday season at a price that makes cyling Santa happy.

The creative folk over at Routes Rentals & Tours are offering two holiday bike tours to put the sparkle into cycling this Christmas, on December 23 and 24 only. The tours take you for a spin to enjoy some of the best of Albuquerque holiday lights around Old Town or the Bugg Lights Christmas Display, and both include a free hot drink of cocoa or teas and a free commemorative holiday ornament. Either take your own bike – which makes the tour cheaper at $7 – or they’ll provide a bike, including a helmet and bicycle lights.

Routes Rentals & Tours ticket prices are $7 if you take your own bike, and $15 including bike rental.

Spaces are limited, and one tour time has already sold out, so book fast! Here are the options:

  • Tour of Bugg Lights Christmas Display at Menaul School, and other neighborhood Christmas lights, on December 23, starting at either 5:30 pm or 7 pm. Obviously you walk around the Bugg Lights display once you’ve cycled there, or you’ll be crashing into decorations and terrifying small children (a real downer on the tidings of comfort and joy).
  • Tour of Old Town luminaria and Country Club area lights on Christmas Eve, December 24, with tours starting at either 5:30 pm, 7 pm, or 8:30 pm.  

I think this sounds like a fun way to freewheel through the festive season, and even though they say these are pretty relaxed rides, you’ll get a little exercise too, in advance of the holiday feasting!

If you take your own bike, you must have front and rear bike lights (or rent them for $5 a pair.)

Make tour reservations online for the Albuquerque Lights and Luminarias Holiday Bike Tours.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Ghost Tours

October 12, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque ghost tours this Halloween month give you the choice to spook it up on foot, trolley, and even by bike!

Routes Rentals & Tours offer what’s claimed to be the first ever haunted bicycle tour in town. The bikes aren’t haunted (we hope), but the Routes Rentals & Tours Halloween Tour De Frights bike tours take a 2.5 hour freewheel around haunted Albuquerque. Personally I’d pedal like a demon and sprint round in about 25 minutes at the first hint of the supernatural, but then we all know I’m a wuss.

The Routes and Rentals Halloween tours are for adults and “open-minded” kids aged 12+,  starting at 7 pm every night excluding Sunday from October 20 – 29, 2011. The terrain is moderate, starting near Old Town, and refreshments are provided at the end of the tour. If you rent a bike for the tour, the cost is $35. Bring your own bike and the tour is discounted to $25. (You must sport front and rear safety lights.)

It’s not dirt cheap, but I reckon it’s good value for such a novel excursion, especially if you have your own wheels. And it’s fine to dress up in bike-safe Halloween costumes. Spaces are limited to 16 ghost riders per tour, so book in advance.

The Trolley of Terror from ABQ Trolley Co. and Tours of Old Town takes a 1.5 hour jaunt through haunted Albuquerque, probably doing its best to avoid costumed riders on the ghost bike tour.  Due to the adult subject matter, they’re giving the tour an ‘R’ rating, so it doesn’t sound like this one is for kids. The open-air trolley leaves from Old Town on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm or 9 pm from October 14 – 29. Tickets are $35, or $30 for seniors 65+ and students with ID. Seats are limited so book the Trolley of Terror in advance.

The cheapest way to frighten yourself is on your own two feet! The Tours of Old Town Ghost Tours take place as usual through October at 8 pm every night, including Halloween night. Tickets for the 90-minute walking tour are $20 with a price break at $18 for seniors 55+, military personnel, and college students. Take ID. Children aged 13-17 pay $16, or it’s $10 for ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under go free.   You have to book and pay in advance, so make Ghost Tour reservations online or call (505) 246-TOUR.

And please don’t complain to me when you’ve scared yourself witless. I have no wits to begin with so I’ll be no help…

Tania

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Balloon Fiesta Free Bike Valet Service

September 25, 2011 by  
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Park free at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta when you get on your bike and beat the traffic.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta free bicycle valet service lets cyclists park free again this year, throughout the 2011 Fiesta from October 1 – 9. That saves the $10 per car parking fee, and probably some sitting-in-traffic stress!

The service has been likened to a “coat check for bicycles” and bikes are stored securely while the rider is at the Balloon Fiesta sessions during these hours:

  • Morning Sessions: 5:30 – 10:30 am
  • Evening Sessions: 5 – to 9 pm

Take the bike trail running along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel, underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ending at the north of the Balloon Museum in the bike valet parking station.

Last year I saw loads of cyclists whizzing past my (slower) car on the way to the morning ballon ascensions and they looked very smug about it. Smugger still for free parking!  Balloon Fiesta officials remind cyclists that you’ll be arriving in the dark in morning sessions (well, you know that already). But easier to forget: although you’ll arrive in daylight for evening sessions, it’ll be dark when leaving after the evening events and fireworks, so bike lights and proper gear are essential.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place from October 1 – 9, 2011.

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Bike to Work Day Goodies: May 20

May 16, 2011 by  
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Free refreshments and swag at snack stops on May 20, as part of National Bike to Work Day.

Get on your bike for freebies  this Friday May 20, 2011. Cycle to work and join the free-wheeling fun with BikeABQ from 6:30 – 8:30 am at seven locations from Los Lunas to Intel, where you can get snacks, t-shirts, and other biking giveaways while supplies last. Here are the ABQ Bike to Work Day food stops.

Get fit, help the planet, and freebies too – what’s not to love?

Several New Mexico RailRunner stations are involved in Bike to Work Day.  At Los Lunas, Downtown Albuquerque, and Los Ranchos/Journal Center stations, New Mexico Rail Runner will be taking applications from 5:30 – 8:30 am for the new bicycle locker rentals at all stations (except Santa Fe). The cost is $25 for a 6-month rental, plus a $50 refundable key deposit. If you sign up in May, you get an extra month’s rental FREE.  Plus, a Bike to Work Day drawing will give away four free 6-month bike locker rentals.

And as we’re in Strive Not to Drive Week, remember that free parking is always available at Albuquerque Park & Ride lots during transit service hours for ABQ Ride passengers.

–Tania

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Free Sports and Outdoors Clinics

March 31, 2011 by  
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These REI Albuquerque free clinics and events in April cover outdoor adventures from learning about knots, to girls trek too, kayaking, triathlon… and more!

Although the events are free, spaces are limited and they often fill fast. Make an online reservation in advance to book a place – you can see how many spaces remain at the links.

Wore me out just listing all the events – but I know you readers are sturdier types than me, and I do like the sound of the knot tying clinic! It’s a skill I’ve never mastered (beyond tying my shoe laces).

Albuquerque REI is located at 1550 Mercantile Avenue NE.

–Tania

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Free REI Sports and Outdoors Clinics

March 1, 2011 by  
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Throughout the month of March 2011, these REI Albuquerque free clinics and events help you get more informed about outdoor sports, activities, and adventures.

Although the events are free, spaces are limited and they often fill fast. Make an online reservation in advance to book a place – you can see how many spaces remain at the links.

Sounds like some great opportunities to discover something new, or learn more about your favorite hobbies.

Albuquerque REI is located at 1550 Mercantile Avenue NE.

–Joshua

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