May is Bike Month, and in honor of this healthy, fun and environmentally friendly alternate form of transportation, many organizations within the community are hosting a variety of activities. The month is filled with activities spanning from Bike to School Day to Handlebar Happy Hour. Other events include People Trail Clean ups, Public Art Bike Ride, Bike to Work with the Mayor Day, and many others.
The month begins with a Columbike demo at the Commons bike share station during the lunch hour on Tuesday, May 2nd. Handlebar Happy Hour is May 11th and will be at the Columbus Bike Co-op (the basement of the United Way, 1531 13th St) from 5:30-8 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to relax, socialize with other bicyclists, and learn more about the great resources offered by the Columbus Bicycle Co-op. There will be free appetizers, a cash bar and live music by Bigfoot Yancey.
The Public Art Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, May 13th. Landmark Columbus is organizing the ride in partnership with Healthy Communities to celebrate both Bike Month and National Preservation Month. This casual, social ride will explore our public art at a leisurely pace. Bring your own bike or ride a Columbike. This ride meets at 1 p.m. in the Library Plaza.
Bike to Work with the Mayor Day has merged with the Cummins Bike to Work Day this year and will be bigger and better than ever! It will take place on Friday, May 19th. The Mayor will ride from the North Christian Church location; Cummins leadership will ride from the west side of town; and other community leaders will ride from various locations. Please meet at 7:10 a.m. and community leaders will leave the following locations at 7:15 a.m.
- West side (meet in the Papa’s Grill parking lot)
- Blackwell Park/Parkside Area (meet in the parking lot west of the soccer fields)
- North Christian Church (meet at the entrance drive near Tipton Lane)
- The Haw Creek Trail (meet at the intersection of 30th St. and Griffa Ave.
- Eastside Community Center
A light breakfast and coffee/tea will be provided by the City of Columbus to bicyclists from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Cummins Irwin Conference Center Plaza on 5th Street.
For more information, visit www.gohealthycolumbus.org.