Bike Month 2016

Planning for Bike Month 2017 will begin in January


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May is Bike Month in Manhattan! Below is a list of bicycle-themed community events designed for a variety of ages and skill levels. Events are free unless otherwise noted. 
Brush up on some safety tips before hitting the road. 
  

Bike Month Proclamation


Mayor Karen McCulloh has officially declared May 2016 as Manhattan's Bike Month.
 

National Bike Challenge


May 1 to September 30
"The National Bike Challenge ... is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level." Even if you don't bike very often, you'll be surprised how the miles add up over the course of a summer. This year, the Challenge aims to unite 100,000 riders to pedal 75 million miles. 
 

Blessing of the Bicycles


Noon Sunday, May 1
Bring your bicycle to be blessed on the front lawn of the First Congregational UCC, 700 Poyntz Ave. A ride around town and refreshments will follow. Visit the Facebook event page for more details.
 

Little Apple Pedal


2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1
The inaugural Little Apple Pedal is a family-friendly bike safety rodeo and 6-mile ride at Tuttle Creek State Park. Pre-register online by April 26: $10/adult, $5/child. Questions? Contact Ryan McKee at 785-587-2768 or by email.
    

Bike to School Day


Wednesday, May 4
Visit the national website to learn about the day, find or plan an event, and access helpful resources.
 

Pecan Circle Sharrow Installation


2 p.m. Saturday, May 7
Pecan Circle can be confusing for people new to Linear Trail. Help install shared lane markings (sharrows) to make the route clear. Meet at the dead end of Pecan Circle, wear closed-toe shoes, and bring your bike to enjoy the trail after the work is over. No experience necessary, but participants must be 18+ and sign a waiver. Email the organizer with any questions.

Wood Wall Art Project


6 p.m. Thursday, May 12
Create a bicycle-themed piece of artwork for your home at Straight Upp Creative Studio. Materials and step-by-step instruction provided, bring your own beverage. $38 per person, preregistration required. Visit the event registration page for more details.

Gravel Ride

9 a.m. Sunday, May 15
Gravel routes for all skill levels: There will be a short route with lots of support, a mid-distance route, and a 30-mile route with minimal support. Meet at the Zeandale Community Center.

Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 20
If there is one day you ride your bike this year, ride it to (and from) work on Bike to Work Day. Check out some commuting tips or watch some safety videos if it has been a while or you're new to the road.
 

Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee


9 a.m. Friday, May 20
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee will meet at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave. Everyone is welcome to attend these monthly meetings and discuss bike and pedestrian initiatives within the city. Meet us at 8:30 a.m. for a relaxed pre-meeting ride around town in honor of Bike Month.
   

Progressive Dinner & Mayor's Ride


6 p.m. Friday, May 20 
Always a crowd-pleaser, the progressive dinner is a family-friendly bike ride that includes stops to eat along the way. Meet at Triangle Park and bring your appetite; food provided by AJ's and Hy-Vee. Visit the Facebook event page.
    

Women's Ride


1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 
All skill levels are welcome:  there will be an 8 mile route along the Linear Trail, a 16 mile route, and a 22 mile route with a hill challenge. All rides will have a leader and begin and end at the north parking lot of The Pathfinder at 304 Poyntz Ave. Visit the Facebook event page for more details.
  

String Wall Art Project


6 p.m. Thursday, May 26 
Create a bicycle-themed piece of artwork for your home at Straight Upp Creative Studio. Materials and step-by-step instruction provided, bring your own beverage. $38 per person, preregistration required. Visit the event registration page for more details.

Bike and Brunch


9 a.m. Sunday, May 29 
Brunch is even tastier after a morning bike ride. Plan to meet the group at the Linear Trail trailhead on South Manhattan Avenue for an out-and-back ride to Pecan Circle. The 3.5 mile ride will end with brunch in Aggieville; plan to purchase your own meal. Visit the Facebook event page to stay informed.
  

National Bike Travel Weekend

9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4
Looking for a way to ease into bike touring? Join Adventure Cycling for an overnight Bike Tour. The group will leave from Blue Earth Plaza on Saturday morning and ride about 10 miles along bike paths and roads to reach Tuttle Creek State Park. Shuttle service for gear will be available if needed. Group rides will take place Saturday afternoon. The group will have a reserved cabin and grill with plenty of room to pitch tents. Registration not required; email the organizer with any questions or visit the Facebook event page.
  

Bike Rides


There are several weekly rides for all skill levels and types of biking. Check out The Pathfinder and the Bike Manhattan group for more information.
National Bike Challenge Simple
Blessing of the Bicycles
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Interactive Bike Map
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