As a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community, we have bicycle-friendly events all month long.
May is designated as National Bike Month that includes National Bike to Work Week May 15-19 and National Bike to Work Day on May 19. But don’t limit your rides to just one week, 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 great regional cycling events throughout the month of May!
Cycle Chat– May 1
Kick off National Bike Month with a social ride with the Columbus chapter founder of Black Girls do Bike, Bertie Ford. Enjoy a 11.5 mile round-trip scenic group ride on the Great Miami Bikeway up to Medlar Conservation Area (early turnaround available). Gather back at Star City Brewing Company for socializing and an inspiring talk by Bertie on her journey to get more people biking. (Want to come for the chat only, show up at 7:00 PM; Star City Brewing)
Courteous Mass – May 5
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 6:30 PM. Helmets and lights strongly encouraged. Find out more.
Bike for the Health of It: Stillwater River Trail – May 6
Join MetroParks Volunteer Patrol on a bike ride, on the Stillwater River Bikeway (South). Meet at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Ride to Radvansky Ln Bridge, near Fishburg Road (16 miles), 9 AM – 12 PM. Registration requested, walk-ins welcome.
Bike for the Health of It: Wolf Creek Trail – May 13
Join MetroParks 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. Ride toward Verona (11 miles), 9 AM – noon.
GO W/ THE FLOW – Bike Edition – May 15
Get your mind, body and soul ready for a week of bike riding with a FREE GO W/THE FLOW Vinyasa yoga class with live music at RiverScape MetroPark. Dayton area yoga instructor Tori Reynolds and local musician (and yogi) BJSR lead a unique, rhythmic fusion of yoga and music that’s drawing rave reviews nationwide! Ride your bike and get a prize. 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 – 7 PM. Bring your mat. Sponsored by Five Rivers MetroParks. Registration requested, walk-ins welcome.
Five Rivers MetroParks’ Bike To Work Day Pancake Breakfast – May 20, 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 lifestyle.
Bike for the Health of It: Great Miami River Trail (North) – May 20
Join MetroParks for a bike ride on the Great Miami River Bikeway. Meet in the parking lot of Rip Rap Park, at the intersections of Little York, Rip Rap and Taylorsville roads. (16 miles) All Ages Welcome. 9 AM- noon.
Trailside Repairs – May 17
This hands-on class, taught by Five Rivers MetroParks’ staff, will cover bike selection, commuting equipment, and trip preparation. Briefly discuss traffic laws, hazards encountered, safe-riding skills, and proper route planning. Registration required. RiverScape MetroPark. Fee: $5.
Bike to the Dragons – May 21
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. Registration begins May 1, register at www.daytondragons.com.
Bike for the Health of It: Great Miami River Trail (South) – May 27
Join MetroParks for a bike ride on the Great Miami River Trail south to Riverfront Park. Meet at West Carrollton Low Dam, North Alex Road to Hydraulic Road; use the entrance on right (9 miles), 9-11 AM.
Wegerzyn Bike Rodeo for Kids – May 27
Join the MetroParks’ Rangers and MVPs for a day of bicycle safety. Bring your two-wheeled bicycle (with or without training wheels) for a bicycle course. Receive a free bike helmet, property fitted (while quantitates last) (no beads in hair, please). The bicycle course teaches students the rules of the road. Event is 9 AM – Noon. Supported by Dayton Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids of Dayton. Registration requested, walk-ins welcome.