• Cheryl Wright

Bike Month: Active, healthy fun for everyone

Updated: May 7, 2019


One of our favorite months of the year is here – BIKE MONTH! This Bike Month, there is something for everyone – for all ages and for every skill level. We encourage you to participate in one of the events on the calendar, and more importantly, to get out and be active this month! For those of you who don’t or can’t ride a bike, we have several events for you as well.

This year, we are happy to report that you will be able to ride a ColumBike for FREE from May 1st to July 31st, thanks to a generous donation from SIHO Insurance Services. Our bike share program, ColumBike, is a wonderful service for our community, so we encourage you to take advantage of this great promotion and try a ColumBike during Bike Month (May) and in June/July! By using the promo code 417, you'll be able to ride free for 2 hours without checking in. See Columbus Bike Co-op's blog post with all the details.

Some key dates to remember are: Bike to School Day is May 8th, Handlebar Happy Hour is May 9th, Bike to Work Day (and Cummins Bike to Work Day) are on May 17th and the Positivity Path Lunch & Ride and the Big Bike Month Ride are on May 22nd. Below the calendar, which you can click on to download as a pdf, you will find a description of each event with all the details.

Saturday, May 4th

***Event postponed***

COLUMBUS BMX FIRST RACE

The Columbus BMX Season Opener has been postponed until Saturday, May 11th due to rain.

Sunday, May 5th

SAFE KIDS DAY

Visit Kidscommons for free from 1-5pm, thanks to Dorel Juvenile and Safe Kids Bartholomew County. Bring your family to have fun and learn about bike safety and other safety topics.


Wednesday, May 8th

BIKE & WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

Whether walking or biking, join your child on their way to school! If you live too far away, consider parking and walking! Contact your school for all the details.

Info: Kelli Thompson (812)314-3867, kthompson@bcsc.k12.in.us


Thursday, May 9th

HANDLEBAR HAPPY HOUR

Join us at Upland Pump House to celebrate Bike Month and socialize with cyclists and bicycling supporters. Presentation about ColumBike at 6:30pm. Free appetizers and cash bar. Bike valet parking provided at rear of restaurant.


Saturday, May 11th

COLUMBUS BMX FIRST RACE

Join Columbus BMX on Saturday, May 11th as they kick off their 17th season of family fun and racing excitement! All ages and skill levels are welcome!

FREE loaner bikes, Strider bikes and helmets are available for new riders.

- Registration & Practice 5:30-7:00pm, Racing ASAP

- $5 Strider, $10 class or cruiser, $15 both

*** New riders orientation at 5:00pm. **


Sunday, May 12th

MOTHER'S DAY SPIN CLASS: "MOMS WHO ROCK RIDE"

Want to try indoor cycling? Visit Sky Sport Fitness for a charity fundraiser spin class! Bring your mom! 10am. Info: www.skysportfitness.com



Monday, May 13th

LATINO NIGHT / NOCHE LATINA @ BIKE CO-OP

The Columbus Bike Co-op's Spanish-speaking volunteers will be available to help you from 5:30-7:00pm on the second Monday of each month.

Nuestros voluntarios hablan Espanol y estaran disponibles para ayudarte de 5:30 a 7:30 pm el segundo lunes de cada mes.

Non-spanish speakers are also welcome!

Tuesday, May 14th

BIKE TO THE BREWERY

Columbus Women’s Ride is heading to 450 North for a tour and tasting. Everyone is welcome – not just ladies! 21 & over only - for the tour & tasting portion of ride. Departs from Hamilton Center at 6pm.

Info: Columbus Women’s Ride Facebook Page

9 DAYS OUT: Bikepacking the USBR #35

Doug and Mark Yeaton will share their adventure of being the first cyclists, along with Len Newton, to bikepack the 900 mile USBR #35 from Louisville, KY to Sault Ste. Marie, MI in 9 days. Bartholomew County Public Library, 6:30pm

Friday, May 17th

BIKE TO WORK DAY

Join community leaders as they commute to work by bike! Rides will leave from the following locations:

  • People Trail near Westhill on 46W

  • Blackwell Park (west parking lot)

  • Haw Creek Trail at 30th& Griffa Dr

  • America & Roby Anderson Community Center

Breakfast will be offered at Irwin Office Building Plaza from 7:30-8:30am, thanks to the Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).

Info: Cheryl Wright info@gohealthycolumbus.org

Saturday, May 18th

TOUR DE TRAILS BICYCLE CHALLENGE

Participate in the 20k, 50k or 80k rides starting at the Donner Park shelterhouse. Registration at 8am, start at 9am. Info: columbusparkfoundation.org

BACK TO THE FUTURE HOMES TOUR

Exploring some of Columbus’ signature mid-century modern homes is more fun by bike! Bike (and car) maps will be available for this event, as will a limited number of ColumBikes. Buy tickets in advance at midcenturytour2019.eventbrite.com or at Columbus Area Visitor’s Center.Cost: $20 – in advance or $25 on day of event. Tour check-in is at North Christian Church, 1-6pm

Wednesday, May 22nd

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DOWNTOWN ROAD BIKERS RIDE

Join the Wednesday Night Downtown Road Bikers for a fun 10 or 25 mile bike ride starting at Donner Park Shelter at 6pm, thanks to Columbus Bike Co-op and the Bicycle Station. Routes marked. All skills levels (and types of bikes) welcomed. Pitch-in dinner afterwards.

Info: WEDNESDAY NIGHT DOWNTOWN ROAD BIKERS Facebook Group

POSITIVITY PATH RIDE & LUNCH

Meet at Clifty Park for a bike ride to launch the new Positivity Path. 12pm. Info: Nichole Vreeland (812)376-5092 info@gohealthycolumbus.org

Saturday, May 25th

BICYCLE STATION GARAGE SALE

The Bicycle Station will be clearing out their garage and having a big sale! Stop by for great deals between 10am-4pm.

Friday, May 31st

BICYCLE FUN STORYTIME

Bring your kids to the library for a storytime, craft and tips about bicycle safety in the Story Time Room. Kids aged 3-7 4pm. Kids aged 8-12 5pm.

Safe Kids Bartholomew County will give away bicycle safety activity books and Children's Bureau has donated bikes - kids who attend can be entered into a drawing for a new bike! Info: www.mybcpl.org

Here are some great local rides you may want to try:

CCF MONDAY NIGHT RIDE - Departs from Columbus Cycling & Fitness every Monday at 6:10pm. Average pace 18 mph. For more info: https://www.columbus-cycling.com

COLUMBUS WOMEN’S RIDE - Departs from 5th and Lindsey every Tuesday at 6pm! Open to everyone (not just ladies) - this is a great ride for beginners and those who are looking for a fun, social ride.

CRH RIDE - Rides depart from various locations on Tuesdays at 6pm. All rides will include an easier ride of about 5 miles in addition to the 10-ish & 20-ish-mile routes. Everyone is welcome - not just CRH employees. Contact us for details.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ROAD BIKERS - The ride for everyone - meeting at different places each Wednesday and followed by a pitch-in or restaurant dinner afterwards. Starts at 6:00pm.

FRIDAY FUN RIDE - The Bicycle Station has a weekly fun ride on Friday evenings. Departs from the Bicycle Station at 5:30pm. This is a no-drop ride for 1 hour or less. Info: www.thebicyclestation.com

While our local Bike Month celebration is coordinated by Healthy Communities, we couldn't do it without all of our community partners. We couldn't possibly thank them enough, but here's a quick mention of all the businesses, groups and organizations that played a part in Bike Month 2019:

SIHO Insurance Services, Columbus BMX, Safe Kids Bartholomew County, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation Safe Routes to School, Upland Brewery, ColumBike, Columbus Bike Co-op, Sky Sport Fitness, Columbus Women's Ride, Bartholomew County Public Library, Mark & Doug Yeaton, City of Columbus, Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), The Bicycle Station, Columbus Cycling & Fitness, the Wednesday Night Downtown Road Bikers, Columbus Parks & Recreation, Indiana Landmarks, Columbus Area Visitor's Center, and Columbus Regional Health.

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