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Jun 12

Bike Month in MHK

Posted on June 12, 2018 at 10:38 AM by Kristen Isch

(Manhattan, KS, April 24, 2018) - Activities for Manhattan's 2018 Bike Month celebration will begin May 1. Local volunteers and advocacy groups have been working alongside Manhattan City employees and local business owners to plan and coordinate all of the events for the 2018 festivities.

“Biking is a fun, healthy, and green way to save some cash and time, while connecting to your environment. Each year we celebrate bike month, we are trying to grow our bicycling community and raise awareness for all types of bicyclists,” said Jennifer Nielsen, Bike and Pedestrian Intern for the Community Development Department at the City of Manhattan. 

Additional volunteers are welcome to attend planning meetings, participate in events, and everyone in the community is encouraged to bring friends and join in the fun. 

“We’ve come a long way in a short time. Manhattan was named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists in 2012 and again in 2016. Silver is in sight, but to get there it will take citizen-driven change and community-supported investment in such an important and budding component of our city’s transportation system," said Ben Chmiel, Planner Community Development Department at the City of Manhattan. 

This year, Manhattan’s celebration includes a Bike to Work Day, Trail Clean-up days, a Women’s ride, kid’s bike swap, as well as several safety and awareness events. Mayor Linda Morse will read the official Bike Month proclamation at the May 1st City Commission Meeting at City Hall starting at 7:00 p.m. to kick off the celebration. See the complete schedule below, or visit for information.

Current list of events (check for updates at
Print the event flyer
May 1st: City Commission meeting and Proclamations
May 4th: Gravel Ride
May 5th: River Trails work day (volunteer clean-up)
May 6th: River trails work day (volunteer clean-up)
     Little Apple pedal
     All ages bike Swap
May 9th: Bike to School Day
May 14th-18th: Bike to Work Week
May 18th:Bike to Work Day  (City hall and brew bros in city park 8am to 10am)
     BPAC meeting and pre-meeting ride
May 18th: Women’s Ride
May 22nd: Intro to Mountain Biking Course
May 25th: Progressive Dinner
          Critical Mass ride
May 26th: Zoo Trails work day (volunteer clean-up)
May 27th: Zoo Trails work day (volunteer clean-up)
May 31st: Kandango arrives in town
      Arrow coffee Kandango Happy Hour 2pm-5pm
June 1st: Bike travel weekend starts    
       Critical Mass Kandango day

National Bike Month is an annual awareness campaign that takes place across the country each May. Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, the goal of National Bike Month is to showcase all of the benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to ride.