Living in Bloomington, bicycling is a big deal. With traditions dating back to the 1950's that are still around today, you can be a part of the local bicycling community by celebrating Bike Month during May by participating in local events! While most of us can’t imagine competing in the Little 500, here are a few more leisurely bike events happening this month.
Bike to Work Day:
Bike to Work Day is happening Friday, May 19. All who participate are urged to register with the chance to win prizes from local bike shops. There will be encouragement stations set up throughout town to cheer on the community members participating. At the end of the day, there will be a Block Party to celebrate and discuss walking and biking in the Bloomington area. All are welcomed no matter if you biked or not!
Bike to Lennie’s Month:
Local restaurant, Lennie’s, encourages all customers and employees to bike to the restaurant during the month of May. There will be prizes, like pint glasses, gift cards or t-shirts, for those who sign up and participate. The best part of this event is that every time someone bikes in, Lennie’s will be donating $1 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington’s Club Riders.
Annual Women’s Ride:
The Annual Women’s Ride has been rescheduled to take place Wednesday, May 24. This is a women’s only bike ride around Bloomington to the east-side and back. Traveling as a group the total distance traveled falls between 7 and 8 miles. The ride starts at City Hall and ends with a social event at the B-Line. Sounds like an evening filled with fun!
Do you like to just bike on your own as a leisure activity or hobby? Check out these recommendations from Visit Bloomington to find the different beautiful bike trails that you can use year round!
Bloomington-Monroe County Bike Map:
Interested in where the bikes lanes are in and around town? Check out this map to know where the verified bike lanes are to ensure your safest route.
Guide to Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure:
Living in a town where biking is so common, it might be time to brush up on some rules of the road. Whether you are a driver, biker, or pedestrian read these rules to understand the regulations in place. Let’s work together to keep our town as safe as possible!
Pedego Electric Bikes:
Want to try something different? Check out Pedego Electric Bikes! An electric bike is just like a regular bicycle - you can pedal normally (or not), and get power when you want it. Visit their downtown location at 224 N. College to give it a try!
Have fun and stay safe!