May is Bike Month!!
Good old flat northwest Ohio has many facilities for bicycle recreation. You can find maps and information on the bike and pedestrian pages of www.tmacog.org. But a bicycle is also a practical commuting tool.
During Bike Month, there are several opportunities to take your bike on the road and use it to commute to work or school and run errands. You’ll save on gas, build healthy exercise into your day, and reduce congestion on the road. When you ride, follow the rules of the road, wear a helmet, and have fun safely. Look for events on Facebook to find a group you can join. Read below for a list of bike shops that are providing free ABC Quick Checks before you take that bike out.
Wednesday, May 6 | Bike to School Day
Area schools encourage students to ride and walk to school.
Saturday, May 9 | Building a Community Tough as Steel
In Delta, Ohio. A charitable bike, walk, run event. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Wabash Cannonball Trail. Mountain bike tires required. See deltasteel.org for details.
Monday – Sunday, May 11-17 | Bike and Bus
Bicyclists using a TARTA bus pay only 25 cents during Bike to Work Week. Combine your bike with a TARTA bus and you can really get around. Every TARTA bus has an easy-to-use bike rack on front. TARTA.com
Monday, May 11 | Biggest Week in Birding – Bike and Bird
Oak Openings Preserve-Buehner Center, 6:30 p.m. Bring your bike, binoculars, and bird knowledge and tour through several habitats. Registration is required and space is limited: metroparkstoledo.com
Friday, May 15 | Bike to Work Day
Organize fellow workers for a fun way to incorporate exercise in the work day. Contact TMACOG for tips on how to host a Bike to Work Day event.
Saturday, May 16 | Bike Day at the Farmer’s Market
Ride to the Toledo Farmer’s Market in downtown Toledo on Saturday morning. Toledo Bikes! Will be doing ABC Quick Checks and you can get a coupon for a cup of coffee.
Wednesday, May 20 | Ride of Silence
Meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Bancroft Street entrance of the University of Toledo. We’ll ride in silence on a route around west Toledo to bring attention to bicycle/car safety and to remember people in our region who have been injured while riding their bikes. All the details are here.
ABC Quick Check:
Get your bike ready to ride with an ABC Quick Check: air, brakes, cranks & chain, quick releases, check out the bike. The handy rider can do the check at home with basic tools. Or stop by one of the following shops for a free quick check. Call for their hours of service.
• The Bike Route – 5201 Monroe St., Toledo | 419-885-3030
• BikeWorks - 5631 Alexis Rd., Sylvania | 419-882-0800
• Elmore Cycle and Fitness - 453 Maple St., Elmore | 419-862-1000
• Fremont Cycle and Fitness - 107 N. Ohio Ave., Fremont | 419-332-4481
• Mountain Man Sports - 2735 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo | 419-536-0001
• Spoke Life Cycles - 26597 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg | 419-931-9919
• Toledo Bikes! – 1114 Washington St., Toledo | 419-386-6090
• Wersells – 2860 W. Central Ave., Toledo 419-474-7412
Where to go:
You can use your bike for errands, for recreation, and for commuting to work or school. See tips and area bikeway maps on the pedestrian & bikeways pages of TMACOG’s website. Our region has a network of separated paths (like the Wabash Cannonball and the University/Parks trail), sidepaths (like along Sylvania Avenue in western Lucas County), and signed roadways (like River Road and Bancroft Street in Toledo). A little planning will take you a long way on your bike.
• Learn smart cycling tips from the League of American Bicyclists.
• Use your bicycle for transportation. Print the brochure Drive Your Bike.
• Get familiar with laws regarding bicycling in Ohio at the Ohio Bicycle Federation website.
• Try a group ride for fun and to gain road experience. There’s a group for every speed and experience level. See some links here.