Welcome to National Bike Month everybody! Here are six bike-related things you can do during the first week of May:
Fri., May 1: Courteous Mass Dayton Bike Ride. Meet at Fifth Third Field at 6:30 p.m. and casually ride around Dayton with a group of “bike-minded individuals” on First Friday. The idea is to raise awareness of bikes as transportation, increase the visibility people riding bikes in the street, and, of course, to have some fun. The 6-mile, 45-or-so-minute ride will visit Old North Dayton, with brief stops at the Dunncarrick mansion in the Salvation Army Krok Center, at Evans Bakery and at DATV. The ride starts at 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton. Slowest rider sets the pace. See http://www.courteousmassdayton.com/ for more details.
Fri. May 1: Sign up for the National Bike Challenge. Make your biking miles count for Bike Miami Valley, your company or your local bike club! The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of bicyclists to record their miles ridden and build the national bike community. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1 through September 30. It is run by PeopleForBikes, a nationwide, non-profit advocacy organization aiming to make bicycling better for everyone. Visit https://nationalbikechallenge.org/ for more details.
Sat., May 2: Bike to 2nd Street Public Market. Ride your bike to the market Saturday (or any Saturday during Bike Month) between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and get a free entry for a drawing to win $50 in Market Money. Volunteers will be on hand to help you enter, snap a photo of you (with your awesome bike) and supply you with information on cycling in the Miami Valley. The market is at 600 E. Second St., Dayton.
Sat., May 2: Bike for the Health of It! At Rip Rap Park. Join a group of casual riders for a 16-mile bike ride, rain or shine, on the Great Miami River Recreational Trail to Kyle Park and back. Meet at Rip Rap Park, located at the intersections of Little York, Rip Rap, and Taylorsville roads, in the parking lot near the soccer fields. The ride, which will be at “family pace” starts at 9 a.m. See http://www.metroparks.org/GetOutside/Cycling-Programs.aspx for more details
Tues, May 5: Link Dayton Bike Share Launch Day. Come celebrate the launch of Bike Miami Valley’s Link Dayton Bike Share program at noon on Courthouse Square. Get a free 24-hour pass to ride a Link bike, get some other free stuff, and enjoy food trucks! Check out the “Link Launch Day” event on FaceBook. For more details on Link Dayton Bike Share, see http://www.bikemiamivalley.org/bike-share/.
Weds. May 6: Fundamentals of Bike Commuting: Ever thought about biking to work, but it just seemed so hard? It’s not! Learn how to join a growing number of bike commuters in the Miami Valley, state and nation in a 2-hour workshop at Wegerzny Gardens MetroParks from 6 to 8 p.m. Randy Ryberg, the outdoor recreation coordinator for Five Rivers MetroParks, will go over how to start biking to work, to the store, or to a favorite restaurant. The lecture style class will include bike terminology, commuting equipment, and trip and bike preparation. Randy will briefly discuss traffic laws, hazards encountered, safe-riding skills and proper route planning. The cost is $5. The park is at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton. See http://www.metroparks.org/GetOutside/Cycling-Programs.aspx for more details.