courtesy Bike RaleighSpinning your wheels can amount to something this month, as the City of Raleigh celebrates National Bike Month. Bike Raleigh, a collaboration between the city, an advisory commission, and the Office of Transporatation Planning, promotes wheel savvy all year long, from implementing commuter bike lanes to working with local cycle groups to host recreational rides. Efforts double down in May in honor of the annual Bike Month initiative led by the League of American Bicyclists. Here’s your extra excuse to hop on two wheels and cruise the greenways. There are bike-friendly maps at bikeraleigh.org, and a few specific events are listed below. –Jessie Ammons Rumbley OAKS AND SPOKES FESTIVAL Local bicycling nonprofit Oaks and Spokes got its start as a festival. This annual event offers many options for every level of cycle ability and interest:May 4Bike Repair-o-Q-o-RamaMay 5Marbles Kids Museum bike rodeoMay 67 murals + 7 stories rideKidical Mass rideFrankenbike parts swapMay 9BikeRaleigh pep rallyLight Up the Night rideMay 11Bike-in movieMay 124th Annual Raleigh Cat rideMay 13Cyclofemme ride and tea partyBIKE TO SCHOOL DAYMay 9Raleigh schools are working together to support this nationally celebrated event. Learn more at walkbiketoschool.orgCAPITAL CITY BIKE RIDEMay 11The official kick-off to Bike Raleigh’s Bike Month invites the community to join city staff, elected officials, and local cycle leaders for a morning ride through downtown Raleigh. This year’s highlights include Raleigh Union Station and Dix Park. Post-ride, you’ll get a private tour of Union Station. Be sure to register in advance online.RIDE OF SILENCEMay 16Spread awareness through this ride honoring those who have been injured or killed while biking on public roads.BIKE TO WORK DAY May 18Another local iteration of a national event: There’s a handy toolkit of tips, as well as recommended pit stops, on Bike Raleigh’s website.MUD DAY May 19Bike to and through Walnut Creek Wet land Center for a few nature-oriented (and dirty) activities.RALEIGH HISTORY TOUR May 26Bike and learn through some of downtown’s historic districts.