Bike your way through the First Friday festival grounds
Wed, May 4, 2011 (3:42 p.m.)
The Tour De Art route will highlight Arts District hot spots as well as the RTC Bike Center.
The weather report suggests Friday will be a sunny, mid-90-degree day. What better way to experience our city’s monthly art celebration than by biking through the festival grounds?
And you won’t be pedaling alone this month—the Regional Transportation Commission and Green Scene Productions have teamed up to present their Tour De Art Ride this Friday night.
“We want to show how easy it is to ride bikes Downtown,” says Heather Abel of Green Scene, adding that the event will highlight the RTC Bike Center, a cycling facility that opened last October, complete with showers, lockers and a full bike shop for repairs.
Tour De Art Bike Ride
May 6, 6 p.m., free
RTC Parking Lot
600 S. Grand Central Pkwy.
Interested cyclists RSVP to 813-1435
In true Vegas fashion a complimentary bike valet is planned, as well as free drinks and giveaways. Every participant at the biker bash will be entered to win a cycling vacation valued at $500, and although helmets aren’t required Downtown, bikers who bedazzle theirs will be entered to win more prizes in the event’s craziest helmet contest.
The tour’s route will also feature various Downtown hangouts and numerous Arts District destinations. “We’re combining reliable alternative transportation and culture all in one fabulous night,” gushes Abel. “And … it’s free!”
RTC Administrative Building
600 S. Grand Central Pkwy
Downtown Arts District
Officially known as 18b Arts District, the downtown arts district contains an eclectic mix of galleries, one-of-a-kind stores, and restaurants just a short walk or bus ride from Fremont Street. Known as "18b," the Las Vegas Arts District is located immediately south of downtown Las Vegas in an area bounded by Commerce Street, Hoover Avenue, Fourth Street and Las Vegas Boulevard (at Charleston) and Colorado Avenue.
The name, "18b," represents the original Arts District area, which consisted of 18 blocks. Today, the Arts District area has grown beyond those original 18 blocks and is a classic urban mix of residential, commercial and cultural uses that will continue to grow as the hub of the arts scene in Las Vegas.
On the first Friday of each month, an arts and cultural event is held in the district. The "First Friday" festival draws up to 10,000 visitors into the neighborhood. This event encourages people to flock downtown to browse, buy, eat, drink and mingle. The event is a festive environment with food and beverage vendors, music, visual performances and artists displaying their works.