Did you know that the month of May is National Bike Month? In conjunction with the 2013 National Bike Challenge and the League of American Bicyclists, Fort Wayne is encouraging cyclists of all ages and riding levels to get out and pump the pedals!
National Bike Month aims to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the variety of reasons people ride. Whether it’s biking for fun, exercise, helping the environment, saving time and money, etc… getting involved in National Bike Month is a great way to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather, while also championing the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons to get out and take a ride!
To go along with this month-long celebration of the bicycle, there are a variety of bike-related events that you can join in, whether it’s on your own or with a group! Even though it is already the middle of the month, there are still PLENTY of opportunities to get involved! Some of the highlights include:
- National Bike Challenge -all month: Log ALL of your biked miles in Fort Wayne on the National Bike Challenge website. On June 1st the top individual and top team who logged the most miles across the city in May will be announced. Join in on the opportunity to put Fort Wayne on the map as a City of Cyclists!
- Movie Night: Breaking Away – May 24: Bike to Cinema Center and get a member discount! Bicycle friendly Fort Wayne will watch your bike while you relax and enjoy a movie. Breaking Away is an Academy Award winner (1979, screenplay) that cycles high on comedy as four friends come to terms with life after high school. Filmed in and around Bloomington, it’s a Hoosier classic!
- Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle – May 25: Join the 2nd annual Spring Cycle tour of Fort Wayne. Participants can choose from three different touring distances ranging from 17-43 miles. There will also be a family-friendly ride. Make sure to stick around after the tour to watch the Twilight Criterium. For more info, check out http://www.fort4fitness.org/spring-cycle.asp
- Bike to Coffee Day – May 31: Meet up with fellow bike commuter over a cup of joe and breakfast at the Dash-In. If you can’t make it, don’t fret! This group meets on the last Friday of each month at the Dash-In between 7am and 8am.
In addition to these great events, there are plenty of other opportunities to get involved in National Bike Month and the Fort Wayne community. Every Sunday is Sundays on a Bike, where riders are encouraged to get out and take advantage of the lighter traffic and easy pace while exploring the city. There are also a number of Trek the Trails events going on throughout the month.
For more information on how to get involved with National Bike Month, and any of the events going on, you can visit nationalbikechallenge.org, The League of American Cyclists, or Visit Fort Wayne. You can also contact the River Greenway (260-427-6228) or Bike Fort Wayne (email@example.com).