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May is Big Bike Month

A week wasn’t long enough. This year TMACOG is sharing news about bicycling for the whole month of May. There are recreational rides, safety events, information about commuting by bike, cycling for students, and more. See highlights after the jump; see www.tmacog.org/bikemonth for the complete schedule of activities. Ride safely.

Highlights of Bike Month 2012

Bike Week at the University of Toledo, April 23 – 27
Monday, April 23
University of Toledo Bike Week Kick-Off,11 am -1 pm; Centennial Mall on campus

Tuesday, April 24
Complete Streets Seminar, noon -2 pm; Student Union Room 3020, University of Toledo; Karen Gallagher Karen.gallagher@rockets.utoledo.edu

Wednesday, April 25
Bike Scavenger Challenge, 11 am; Jordan Maddocks

Friday, April 27
Mass Ride, 6 pm; Rocket Hall; University Parks Trail Ride to Wildwood Metropark

TMACOG Sponsored Bike Month Events
Monday, May 7
Bike Rodeo & Family Bike Ride at Pearson Park

Wednesday, May 9
Bike to School Day. Many area schools are encouraging students to ride to school.

Wednesday, May 16
Ride of Silence; University of Toledo; Bancroft Street entrance, Toledo, OH; 8 miles, leisurely pace; a ride of remembrance for those cyclists killed or injured on the road; Keith Webb 567.225.4032. No registration required.

Friday, May 18
Bike to Work Day. Rally your co-workers for a fun office event. Call TMACOG for tips on how to organize Bike to Work Day at your office.

Saturday, May 19
Bike Day at the Farmer’s Market. Ride a bike to the downtown Toledo Farmers Market and get a cup of coffee and a cool t-shirt. Information on area bike paths, tips for riding safely on city streets.

Sunday, May 20
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Woodlawn Cemetery, Birds, Blooms and Bikes, 4 pm; Central Avenue, Toledo, OH; a four-mile scenic bike ride through Woodlawn Cemetery. Cameras and binoculars are encouraged.  With over 300 species of trees and more than 208 confirmed varieties of birds, Woodlawn has a long history of nature discovery.

- Lupine Ride, 1 pm; Crissey Road School, 9220 Geiser Road, 20-mile ride in the Oak Openings Region; ice cream stop at Kitty Todd Nature Preserve; HI

- Family Fun Ride, 2 pm; Slippery Elm Trail on Sand Ridge Road in Bowling Green; to Portage or Rudolph; snacks available; Bowling Green Bicycle Safety Commission and the Wood County Parks District

Thursday, May 31
Woodlawn Cemetery, 6 pm; Central Ave, Toledo, OH; a historic tour by bike through Toledo’s oldest cemetery and the final resting place of many of Toledo’s pioneers; Learn about Toledo’s famous first families. Led by Fred Folger.

BIKE SAFETY for kids and adults
- May 9, 6-8 pm; Bike Rodeo; Fairfield Park; 1313 Eastfield, Maumee; Maumee Police Department 419.897.7000;
Rain date: May 10; Safe Kids Coalition
- May 15, Morning; Bike Rodeo; Elizabeth Wayne Preschool; 310 Elizabeth St, Maumee; Safe Kids Coalition
- May 19, 11 am-2 pm; Bike Rodeo; Larc Lane School; 1155 Larc Lane, Toledo; Board of Developmental Disabilities; Safe Kids Coalition
- May 30, 6 pm; Mercy Children’s Hospital; Bike Safety Poster Contest Awards Ceremony; Kenan Mylander 419.251.2142

EVERY WEEK
Click for the details of the club rides. Some rides require membership in the club, all require helmets.

Mondays, May 7, 14, 21, 28
-Whitehouse Ride; General’s Ice Cream Depot, 6751 Providence Rd, Whitehouse, OH; 25 miles, 16-20 mph; Laurie Ferguson; TAB
- Bedford Ride; Bedford Junior High School, 8405 Jackman Rd, Temperance, MI; Group 1 – 15 miles, 14-16 mph average; Group 2 – 25 miles, 17-20 mph; TAB

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- Fat Tire Off-Road Ride; Oak Openings Metropark, Mallard Lake Parking Lot, Swanton, OH; 12 to 20 miles on fire roads and horse trails; TAB
- Speedtrap Ride; Speedtrap Diner, 310 East Main Street, Woodville, OH; 20 to 23 miles, 13 to 20 mph; TAB

Wednesdays May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- University Parks Trail on University of Toledo campus; 6 pm; Campus-area ride; tours of the UT campus and surrounding area; Tom Garey, 419.530.1082
- Cycle Werks in Bowling Green, 6 pm; Platinum ride at 22-25 mph; BSBS
- Ride to Berkey; University Parks Trail Metropark, McCord Road, north of Central Ave; Group 1 – 20 miles, 15-19 mph; Group 2 25 miles, 19-21 mph; TAB

Thursdays, May 3, 10, 24, 31
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Various recreational rides sponsored by Hostelling International , 12 mph average.
- Thursday 4Fer; Sidecut Metropark, Silver Lake Side, Maumee, OH; Group 1 (Hot) – 27 miles, 20-23 mph; Group 2 (Hot Spicy) – 27 miles, 19-21 mph; Group 3 (Spicy) – 25 miles, 17-19 mph; Group 4 (Mild) – 20 miles, 15-16 mph, Linda Metcalf; TAB
- Road Races, various locations ; 6:30 pm; MVW

Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, 25
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Morning Ride; General’s Ice Cream Depot, Whitehouse, OH; 40 to 60 miles, 15-20 mph; TAB
- Bowling Green City Park, 8 am; Three groups: Gold, 18-22 mph for 40-70 miles; Silver, 15-18 mph for 30-50 miles; Recreational, 8-14 mph, typically ride the Slippery Elm Trail; BSBS

Sundays, May 6, 13, 20, 27
- Breakfast Ride; Wildwood Metropark, Visitor’s Center Parking Lot; 35 to 40 miles, 16-19 mph; TAB
- Bowling Green City Park, 8 am; Three groups: Gold, 18-22 mph for 40-70 miles; Silver, 15-18 mph for 30-50 miles; Recreational, 8-14 mph, typically ride the Slippery Elm Trail; BSBS

Bike Club Key:
TAB= Toledo Area Bicyclists

BSBS = Black Swamp Bicyclists Society

HI = Hostelling International

MVW = Maumee Valley Wheelmen

Detailed Calendar of Rides & Events


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