Bike Month 2015

Bike Month Proclamation
Manhattan Mayor Wynn Butler will officially proclaim May 2015 as MHK's Bike Month during a City Commission meeting April 21 at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.

As part of bike month, we have organized a variety of family-friendly events for riders of all levels. You can find a description of each event below. All events are free unless otherwise listed.

Commuter Challenge
How much can your organization bike? We are inviting all businesses, university departments and other organizations to rise to the challenge during the month of May to see who can bike and/or walk the most.

Prizes and recognition will be awarded to the group with the most trips per participant. Winners will be announced at the end of the month.
Cycle CASA
Come ride one of two rides around the beautiful Flint Hills on May 2. All proceeds support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Visit CASA's website to learn more information and to register.

Bike to the Brewery
What's better than biking and beer? Meet at 12:30 p.m. May 2 at Blue Earth Plaza to bike to Little Apple Brewery for a beer and fun times with great people who also love bikes. Please RSVP on our Facebook page

Bike to the Kansas Sampler
Meet at 10 a.m. May 3 at Blue Earth Plaza to bike to Wamego for the Kansas Sampler Festival. This ride totals approximately 32 miles, so be sure to bring water. We will stop in Wamego to have fun at the Kansas Sampler before returning home. 

Rotaract Lecture
The Kansas State Rotaract Club will host an exciting and powerful lecture for Bike Month MHK 2015 at 6:30 p.m. May 6 in the Little Theater at KSU. You do not need a bike for this event, but after you come, we are sure you'll want one. There will be two keynote speakers. Jordan Thomas is a KSU student who will present on his recent adventure bicycling to South America. KSU Professor of Cultural Anthropology Michael Wesch will speak about "The End of Wandering: Building a Better Community through Biking and Walking." 

Mayor's Ride

The Mayor's Ride will take place at 9 a.m. May 9. Participants will meet at Blue Earth Plaza. Individuals will then accompany Mayor Karen McCulloh and city commissioners for an easy-paced, leisurely ride around Manhattan. 
Designed for riders of all levels and safe for children.
Progressive Dinner
Bikers Unite! A bike month party for anyone who loves to ride will be at 6 p.m. May 10. This will be a progressive dinner format in which we ride from destination to destination to eat some food and enjoy great conversation with cool people. Refreshments will be provided at each stop by local businesses. Meet at Triangle Park in Aggieville. Parking is available across Anderson on the KSU campus.

It's going to be a great evening with the wonderful bicycling community in MHK.
Designed for riders of all levels and safe for children. 

Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
The Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. May 15 at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave. Everyone is encouraged to come and discuss various bike and pedestrian initiatives within the city. A leisurely ride with members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee and city staff will follow.
Camping Trip
Get your camping gear out, strap it to you pedal-mobile, and let's go. Meet at 7 p.m. May 16 at Blue Earth Plaza for a ride out to Pottawatomie Lake No. 2 for camping, stories around the fire and shenanigans. We'll come back to Manhattan the next morning and grab some brunch, too.

Bike and Hike
Join us for a bike ride out on the trail on May 17.

Bike Rides
There are several weekly rides for all skill levels and types of biking. Check out The Pathfinder, Big Poppi Bicycle Co. and the Bike Manhattan group for more information.
Bike Month Logo
Interactive Bike Map
Reasons to Commute to Work/School by Bike
  • Staying in better health decreases your chance of getting sick.
  • Bicycle commuting allows you to include your workout in your daily schedule and helps to meet fitness goals.
  • Increase energy throughout the day.
  • Improved health and happiness.
  • Increase your awareness of the link between the environment and your community.
  • Reduce car maintenance, gas bills and parking costs.
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