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CENTRAL OHIO ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER FOR NATIONAL BIKE MONTH

April 27, 2015

May is National Bike Month. To celebrate and to encourage more people to ride their bikes, many communities and organizations around Central Ohio are hosting events throughout the month.

The largest event of National Bike Month is Bike to Work Day, which will be on Friday, May 15. MORPC will partner with Car2go to lead two routes. Rain or shine, commuters are invited to participate in a number of established group rides, culminating in a celebration of alternative transportation at Columbus Commons hosted by the City of Columbus. Anyone interested and able to ride their bike to work that day is encouraged to do so, wherever they live or work.

If interested in participating in the downtown Columbus Bike to Work Day event, register online for one of eight pre-determined routes.  Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will ride with the group that has the most committed riders.

Our first sponsored route, the South Route, begins at Schiller Park near Stewart Avenue at 7:15 a.m. and our second route, the Dodge Route, starts at Dodge Park at 7:30 a.m. Other route leaders include Yay Bikes!, CoGo Bike Share, Friends of Camp Chase Trail, Metro Parks, Columbus Recreation and Parks, and Friends of Metro Parks.

There are two routes listed as “Park & Pedal”: Dodge Park and Wolfe Park. These are locations of a pilot park and bike program. There will be designated parking spots for people who want to park closer to their work, but cycle part of the way.

Other communities and organizations are celebrating National Bike Month with other events and activities. We encourage you to attend if you are interested in commuting on two wheels or just want to try something new.

  • The City of Bexley is hosting a Safety Day on May 9, which will include a bike helmet giveaway.
  • Car2go will give away a foldable bike at the Bike to Work day event in the Columbus Commons on May 15.
  • The City of Circleville will host food stops in Ted Lewis Park for the Tour of the Scioto River Valley on May 9 and 10. Circleville has hosted riders for this event for most of the last 50 years.
  • The City of Delaware is hosting a kick off meeting for the update to its Bikeway Master Plan on May 12 at 7 p.m. at Delaware City Hall.
  • The City of Dublin will sponsor a ride on Thursday, May 14 outside of the Dublin Community Recreation Center for Dublin employees over lunch.  Participants can bring their own bikes, but the City will also provide up to 15 bikes through CoGo free of charge to our workers.  Employees who participate in either a lunchtime bike ride or riding to work that week, will be able to participate in the cook-out that Friday.
  • Genoa Township is hosting Pedal for the Parks on Saturday, May 16 at 8 a.m. All money raised will benefit Genoa Township’s Parks and Trails. For more information, or to register, visit Friends of Genoa Township online.
  • The City of New Albany is hosting a Ride 2 Recovery event on May 23 at 8 am.
  • Pickerington Local School District is hosting a Bike to School day on May 6. Contact Peggy Portier for more information: peggyportier@gmail.com.
  • Wheelie Fun Bike Shop in Powell has recently been certified as a Silver level Bike Friendly Business. It is one of 2 businesses to achieve this status in Central Ohio, including Trek Bicycle Store of Columbus. For more information about how Ohio ranks, see the League of American Bicyclist’s announcement of its awards online.
  • Yay Bikes’ continues its Year of Yay! with monthly rides. May’s theme is Bike to Work and will take place on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting from the Whole Foods Market in Upper Arlington. Julie Walcoff is the tour leader. More information here.

For more information regarding any of these upcoming bike events, please contact Claire Jennings at cjennings@morpc.org or 614.233.4150.