Tune up your bike at area bike shops (see the list of shops offering ABC Quick Checks,) stop by Toledo Bikes to learn how to do your own repairs, check out trail and road maps with bike access, and get ready to participate in the many activities of bike month in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
“With increased interest in healthy, sustainable, and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent.”
- League of American Bicyclists
This year, TMACOG is making a special outreach to schools, inviting them to participate in Bike to School Day on May 14. While half of children usually walked or rode a bike to school in 1969, as of 2009 only 13 percent did. See a list of events after the jump and check back to the Bike Month webpage for a complete calendar of activities including bike club rides and additional Metroparks activities.
2014 Bike Month Events
Saturday May 10, 9 a.m. – noon
Bike Day at the Farmers Market
Ride your bike to the Toledo Farmers Market and get a t-shirt and cup of coffee while supplies last. TMACOG will have maps of bicycle facilities and information about the Pedestrian & Bikeways committee. Toledo Bikes will be on hand for bike tune-ups and minor repairs.
Sunday, May 11 – Saturday, May 17
TARTA fare 25 cents for bus passengers using the TARTA bike racks.
Wednesday, May 14
Bike to School Day
Area schools are organizing bike to school events for students and teachers. Some schools may choose another date to accommodate testing days.
Friday, May 16
Bike to Work Day
Most people work within nine miles of their home. Try cycling and see if you can
leave the car at home now and then and bike to work.
Sponsor: The League of American Bicyclists
Friday, May 16, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hike, Bike and Boat
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Evergreen Lake Area. A miniature tri-adventure: hike (1 mile), bike (5 miles) and paddle through the pines. Experience Oak Openings’ unique habitats, plants and animals. Canoes provided; bring your own bike and helmet (required). Bring a water bottle and a sack lunch. (Ages 16 and Over)
Sponsor: Metroparks of the Toledo Area*
Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m.
Wild Lupine Bicycle Tour 2014
Meet at Crissey Elementary School, 9220 Geiser Rd., Holland. Bike route is approximately 20 miles round trip. Helmet required. Cycling experience recommended. “Bike hike” in Ohio’s Oak Openings Region to view Wild Lupine, Plains Puccoon, and other prairie plants blooming along roads, bike paths, and in restored prairies. Refreshments, including ice cream and home-made blueberry sauce, will be offered to cyclists at the Nature Conservancy’s Kitty Todd Preserve. Contact Cindy Warner, email@example.com
Sponsor: Maumee Valley Adventurers
May 21, 6:45- 7:30 p.m.
Ride of Silence
Meet at the University of Toledo, Bancroft St. entrance. This is a ride for all ages, helmets required. Police will protect and guide riders in an 8-mile loop around west Toledo. The goal of the ride is to remind drivers that cyclists are entitled to use the road, to promote safety, and to remember people who have been injured or killed while riding.
Friday, May 23, 3-6 p.m.
Paddle and Bike (Ages 16 and Over)
Pearson Metropark, Parking Lot No. 1. Paddle around the pond and then enjoy a ride on the new Oregon-Parks Trail. Bring your own bike and helmet (required). The bike trail is a 15-mile round trip, so be sure to bring a water bottle and a snack.
Sponsor: Metroparks of the Toledo Area*
Saturday, May 31, noon - 4 p.m.
Outdoor Adventure Expo. Side Cut Metropark, Silver Lake Area. Beginner-friendly tutorials on bicycle repair, camping, fishing, fire building, canoeing, kayaking and more. No fee. Toledo Bikes will be providing free bicycle tune-ups during the event.
Sponsor: Metroparks of the Toledo Area
*Reservations required, fee required (discount for Metroparks members). Contact MetroparksPrograms.com or 419-407-9701.