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Upcoming Events and Bikes Month 2018:

May is Bikes Month! Check out all of our great events that celebrate bicycling in Bloomington. Check out the Family Pedals podcast about our events for Bikes Month here in Bloomington. 

May 1 Bikes Month Kickoff Happy Hour: 5pm to 7pm at the Upland beergarden (outdoor seating at 350 W. 11th Street). This event is for anyone who wants to discuss bicycling in Bloomington and connect with other bicycle enthusiasts. Check out the Happy Hour Facebook event

May 9 Bike to School Day! There are no official City events, but we encourage families to participate in Bike to School Day!

May 10 Women's Bike Ride (rescheduled from May 3): 5:30pm to 7:30pm a ride for women interested in bicycling. We will meet at the City Hall parking lot at 5:30pm. This will be an approximately 7-mile ride that will explore neighborhood greenways. We will take it slow and have breaks to be sure we all stay together. Any type of bike is appropriate. Participants have the option to end the ride with a social beverage along the B-Line or return to City Hall. Check out the Women's Ride Facebook event. 

May 14 Lunch time bike ride: Bicycle Train to the BBQ Train from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Join us for this fun lunchtime ride on Monday, May 14. This ride has several pick-up points. Be sure to bring your own bicycle, helmet, and money for lunch at the BBQ train. Warning: this ride will last longer than a 1-hour lunch break but it will be lots of fun and include delicious food. Check out the Lunch Time Bike Ride Facebook event. Pick up times and locations: 

  • 11:30 am: depart City Hall parking
  • 11:45 am: Pickup in front of the IU Auditorium
  • 11:55 am: Pickup at the 7th Street Underpass (on the east side of the underpass)
  • 12:05 pm: Arrive at the BBQ Train at 905 N. Smith Road
  • 12:45 pm: Leave BBQ train and bike the same route back. 
  • 1:15 pm: Approximate time to return to City Hall parking lot. 

 

May 14 - May 18: iCan Bike Camp is taking place in Bloomington at the Frank Southern Ice Arena. The camp is being hosted by the Down Syndrome Family Connection.  iCan Bike is a camp that teaches children, teens,and young adults with disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle in one 75-minute session for five days. Volunteers are needed for this event. Please check out the website for more information. 

May 18 Bike to Work Day Celebration: Sign up to Bike to Work (or class or errands) for Friday, May 18, 2018. Bike to Work and then come celebrate at Friendly Beasts Cider at 2nd Street and the B-Line. After work, join friends at Friendly Beasts Cider for a Bike to Work Day celebration. The celebration is for all walking and bicycling enthusiasts. Don't forget to register to Bike to Work by May 17, 2018 in order to be eligible for prizes. Check out the Bike to Work Day Facebook event.

May 19 Bike to a movie: The Bike Project and Hopscotch Coffee are hosting Cicada Cinema's screening of The Triplets of Belleville. This movie will be outdoors at the Bike Project, right on the B-Line at 7th Street. Hopscotch is partnering up to serve drinks and treats. It is a free, family-friendly event. You're encouraged to walk or bicycle to the movie! In the spirit of Bikes Month, the hosts are giving away prizes to anyone who bikes to the event. Check out the Facebook event for more information.

May 21 Beginner Bike Ride: 5:45pm - 7:30pm Want to start biking more but nervous to get started? Join us for a 13-mile beginner ride. This ride will use the B-Line and the Clear Creek Trail. We will cover 13-miles but it will be faster than you think! Meet in the City Hall parking lot. Check out the Beginner Bike Ride Facebook event.  

May 31 Ice Cream Bike Ride: Family-friendly bike ride from Bryan Park to the Chocolate Moose. Let's celebrate the end of bike month and celebrate the beginning of bicycling all summer. This family-friendly event will wrap up Bikes month and kickoff a summer of bicycling. This event has two great parts. First, join us in Bryan Park to ask questions about family bicycling and test ride some different family bikes. Second, join us for a family bike ride from Bryan Park to the Chocolate Moose. Check out the Family Ice Cream Ride Facebook event. This event will meet in the parking lot across from Allen Street in Bryan Park. For this event, the founder and host of Family Pedals podcast will be joining us. Sarah is happy to answer questions about family biking and provide recommendations on getting started. 

  • 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm: Ask questions about family bicycling and test ride available bikes. 
  • 6:30 pm: Depart for Chocolate Moose from Bryan Park
  • 7:30 pm: Return to Bryan Park

June 21 Bike-centennial Ride: Cardinal Spirits and the City of Bloomington are celebrating the Bike-centennial Bloomington style --with bicycles and spirit. Join us on Thursday, June 21 for a family-friendly bicycle ride around town. We will celebrate our bicycle culture and whiskey history on the longest day of the year. According to local history, the map of Bloomington was signed over a barrel of whiskey! After the ride, Cardinal Spirits will host activities to celebrate the Summer Solstice. The ride will meet at Cardinal Spirits at 5:30pm and end at 7:00pm. Everyone is invited to enjoy the Summer Solstice after the ride. This event is free and family-friend. More information and a ride sign-up available soon. 

Bicycling in Bloomington:

The City of Bloomington is proud to be recognized as a Gold-level "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists, for "longstanding commitments to providing safe accommodation and facilities for bicyclists, and for their efforts to encourage bicycle travel for transportation and recreation." Bloomington was the first League-designated "Bicycle Friendly Community" in Indiana, and the highest rated community in the eastern United States.

The City of Bloomington works to develop a connected network of safe and convenient facilities that enable people of all ages and mobilities to walk or bike to their destinations. Recent data from the 2011 US Census estimates ranks Bloomington #2 in the country for the percentage of people who walk or bike to work, among cities with greater than 65,000 people.

Choosing to walk or bike will ultimately reduce traffic congestion in the City and improve the health, fitness, and quality of life of Bloomington's residents. The Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission actively works towards alternative transportation goals by doing the following activities: identifying and alleviating safety issues for bicyclists and pedestrians; educating bicyclists and pedestrians (and motorists too) on their rights and responsibilities; advocating the use and construction of trails, bike lanes, sidepaths, sidewalks and other bicycle and pedestrian-friendly facilities.