Annually, May is designated as National Bike Month that includes National Bike to Work Week (May 12 - 16) and National Bike to Work Day (May 16).
As a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community, Dayton has a full slate of bicycle friendly events across the region to help you celebrate - the pinnacle of which is the National Bike to Work Day Pancake Breakfast at RiverScape MetroPark on May 16.
Whether you're a seasoned cycling commuter or a first time bike rider, unite with us to share the culture and the fun of biking through one or multiple of these great regional cycling events!
Sinclair Cycles - Events on April 15, April 18 and May 16
Kick-off bike month early at the Sinclair Spring Fling on April 15th from 10 AM - 2 PM. While enjoying student exhibitions one can try out a Mountain Bike Skills Course and sign-up for group rides. Ride your bike to the event and receive a FREE Sinclair Spokes T-shirt! Activities take place in and outside of Building 8. Bike parking provided.
Follow-up with Sinclair Talks Cycling Edition on April 18 from 12-1 to discuss how cycling to work or school can be easy and feasible for everyone. Listen to testimonials from bike commuters and receive bike maps to help you navigate the Miami Valley Trail System. Sign-up to participate in the National Bike to Work Day Pancake Breakfast on May 16th, receive a FREE Sinclair Cycles t-shirt and be entered to win a riding jersey! Sinclair Talks takes place in the Library Loggia, Building 7.
Bike Bucks at the Market - Saturdays in May
To celebrate National Bike Month, the 2nd Street Market is offering Bike Bucks! Ride your bike to the Market on any Saturday in May and enter a drawing to win $50 in Market Money. Volunteers will be on hand to help you enter, and you are encouraged to enter every Saturday to increase your chances to win. While you're at the Market, a snapshot will be taken of you with your cool bike, and you can pick up practical information about bicycling in the Miami Valley. The winner of the drawing will be announced June 7 and you don't need to be present to redeem the prize.
Courteous Mass - May 2
Courteous Mass is a monthly street cycling ride in Dayton, Ohio! Come see the city from your bike; Come be seen on your bike. All are welcome: commuters, recreational cyclists, college students, hipsters, racers, riders, and families with children. Ride meets at the Fifth Third Field Plaza at 5:15 pm. Helmets and lights strongly encouraged.
Bike for the Health of It: Ride to Kyle Park - May 3
Join MetroParks Volunteer Patrol a bike ride, rain or shine, on the Great Miami River Bikeway (north). Meet in the parking lot at Rip Rap Park, at the intersections of Little York, Rip Rap and Taylorsville roads. We will ride to Kyle Park (15 miles). 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Intro to Bicycle Touring - May 8
Intro to Bicycle Touring gives you the knowledge needed to get started with bicycle touring. This lecture-style class will cover touring equipment for your bike, clothing options, types of tours and tour planning. Join us as we discover the joy of bicycle touring while on the trail, path or road.
Urban Bikes at Urban Nights - May 9
Get a preview of Urban Nights from the best seat in the house, the seat of a bike. Join hundreds of cyclists on this police escorted ride through the City of Dayton while promoting the cyclist's right to the road. Ride meets at the Courthouse Square and leaves at 6:00 ending back at Courthouse Square around 6:30-6:45. Riders are encouraged to wear a helmet and be able to ride at a decent pace. This is not a ride for young children on their own bike. Afterwards, use your bike to get around Urban Nights and enjoy a fantastic night in downtown Dayton!
Wegerzyn Bike Rodeo - Sat. May 10, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Join the MetroParks Ranger Division on a ride through a safety course, and have your bikes checked out by a technician. Before riding students are encouraged to have their helmets properly fitted to their heads. New helmets will be available on an as-needed bases (no beads in hair please). Allow one hour to complete the activities. A big thank you to our sponsors, Dayton Children's, Safe Kids of Dayton, Junior League of Dayton, and the Put a Lid on it Campaign.
Bike for the Health of It: Ride to Radvansky Bridge - May 10
Join MetroParks Volunteer Patrol on a bike ride, on the Stillwater River Bikeway (north). Meet at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark: Parking Lot1301 East Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414. We will ride to Radvansky Ln Bridge, near Fishburg Road (16 miles), 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
LexisNexis Bike to Work Week (Employees Only) - May 12-16
LexisNexis employees and contractors, at the Miamisburg Ohio location, are encouraged to ride to work and record their mileage on its gREen Team intranet website. During Bike to Work Week, employees that log their miles are eligible for various prizes and invited to attend an ice cream social for all participants. For Bike to Work Day, there is an organized ride up to Five Rivers Metro Parks Pancake Breakfast. Separate from Bike to Work Week, LexisNexis supports bike riders by having monthly prize drawings and contest for bike tune ups. For more information about the LexisNexis Bike to Work program contact Tim Smith at 937-865-6800 ext. 54549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Dayton Fly Ride (Staff and Students only) - May 12
Join faculty, staff, and students on a lunch time ride from the RecPlex to Lincoln Park (~6.5 miles roundtrip). Additionally, take part in the Cycling Carnival taking place Wednesday, May 14 in the KU Torch Lounge where one can find information on basic bike repair, bike routes, rides and cycling groups. This is just two of a month long series of events that University of Dayton is hosting in celebration of National Bike Month. For additional information contact Hector Escobar at 937-229-5141 or Escobar@udayton.edu.
GO W/ THE FLOW - Bike Edition - May 12
Get your mind, body and soul ready for a week of bike riding with a FREE GO W/THE FLOW Yoga Class. Bring your mat. Ride your bike. Kick off National Bike Week with an invigorating Vinyasa yoga class with live music at Riverscape MetroPark. Dayton area yoga instructor Tori Reynolds and local musician (and yogi) BJSR have created GO W/ THE FLOW, a unique, rhythmic fusion of yoga and music that's drawing rave reviews nationwide! No yoga experience? No problem! Power Vinyasa yoga is geared (pun intended) for all experience levels, and builds whole-body strength, flexibility and mental focus - the ultimate cross-training practice. Class is from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Sponsored by Five Rivers MetroParks.
Wright State University Bike to Campus Breakfast (Students and Employees Only) - Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 - 9:00 AM
Join the Departments of Campus Recreation, Parking and Transportation and The Office of Sustainability in celebrating May as National Bike Month. Wright State will join in the festivities happening around the Miami Valley by hosting a Bike to Campus Breakfast on Wednesday, May 15th. Ride your bike to the front entrance of the Student Union between 7:00am and 9:00am; you will be greeted by bike racks and volunteers. Once you park, you will receive a raffle ticket. Turn in your ticket downstairs in the Atrium for a Free breakfast. Please bike safe and wear a helmet. Preregistration is not required.
Trail Magic Stations - May 15
Enjoy Trail Magic stations along several of our popular bicycle routes on your way home from work or while riding recreationally. Our Trail Magic MVP Angels will enhance your ride with snacks, refreshingly cool water, giveaways and more. Celebrate your ride home from work or find information on how to turn riding a bike for recreation into a means of transportation. Volunteers will be stationed from 4:30 - 6:30 PM.
Five Rivers MetroParks' Bike To Work Day Pancake Breakfast - May 16, RiverScape MetroPark, 7:00 - 9:00 AM
Leave your car in the garage and support National Bike to Work Day. Ride in on your own or with a group to RiverScape MetroPark for a free pancake breakfast then head to work. Live music, cycling related exhibitors and team challenge are also part of the fun. Turn this one day into a lifesyle.
Women's Cycling Fundamentals - May 17
Ladies, grab your bike and join us for some all-women's bicycle rides. Prior to riding, we will talk about safety, proper body positioning, and cycling etiquette on the bikeways and bike lanes. Rides will begin with shorter trip and progress to longer distances as we improve cardio-respiratory endurance. Bikes in good repair and helmets are required. Rides will focus on learning how to ride with groups, draft technique, cadence technique, nutrition, and mental capacity. Progression will end with on road cycling lanes to improve confidence with a variance of cycling locations. The series will progress with advanced techniques for riding longer distance and add incremental mileage.
Bike for the Health of It: Ride to Verona - May 17
Join us for a bike ride, rain or shine, on the Wolf Creek Bikeway. Meet in the parking lot behind Rob's Restaurant, 705 Arlington Rd., in Brookville. We will ride toward Verona (11 miles), 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Bike for the Health of It: Ride to Fifth Third Gateway Park - May 24
Join us for a bike ride on the Creekside Bikeway. Meet at Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Rd. in the last parking lot. We will ride just past the Greene County Line to Fifth Third Gateway Park (12 miles), 9:00 - 11:00 AM.
Miamisburg River Ride - May 31
Grab your bike and hop on the River Ride. Riders will begin at Miamisburg at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave. and head south to Franklin, 14 miles round trip. Along the way, enjoy Great Miami River vistas, shady parks, provided refreshments and historic points of interest. Win sweet prizes, get a bike helmet (while supplies last) and have a great time! Staggered start betweenÂ 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 937-866-8999. Pre-registered at www.drivelesslivemore.org.
Bike for the Health of It: Ride to Island MetroPark - May 31
Join us on a bike ride, rain or shine, on the Great Miami River Bikeway (north). Meet in the parking lot at Rip Rap Park, at the intersections of Little York, Rip Rap and Taylorsville roads. We will ride to Island MetroPark (16 miles), 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Bike to the Dragons - June 1
Hop on your bike with the family and head downtown to watch America's favorite pastime. The first 50 cyclists to register on the Dragon's Website and "Bike to the Game" will win complimentary lawn seats and a pack of prizes courtesy of Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton Dragons, and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Committee. Valet Bike Parking will be available for those who Bike to the Dragons starting at 1:00 pm. Game time is 2:00 pm. Bicycles must be claimed no later than 30 minutes after the last pitch. To register go to www.daytondragons.com. Registration begins May 1.
To learn more about hosting a National Bike Month event in the Miami Valley contact Lucy Sanchez at 937-274-3171 or email@example.com.
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Five Rivers MetroParks isn't the only organization celebrating Bike To Work Day in the Miami Valley. There are many regional events happening in May during National Bike Month.
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