Bike Month 2016

May is Bike Month in Manhattan! Below is a list of bicycle-themed community events designed for a variety of ages and skill levels. Events are free unless otherwise noted.
Bike Month Proclamation
Mayor Karen McCulloh will officially declare May 2016 as Manhattan's Bike Month at the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, April 19, at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.

Little Apple Pedal
A family-friendly event at Tuttle Creek State Park, the inaugural Little Apple Pedal is scheduled for Sunday, May 1.
Wood Wall Art Project
Create a bicycle-themed piece of artwork for your home at Straight Upp Creative Studio on Thursday, May 12. Materials and step-by-step instruction provided, bring your own beverage. $38 per person, preregistration required. Visit the event registration page for more details.

Bicycle to Work Day

If there is one day you ride your bike this year, ride it to work on Friday, May 20. Check out some commuting tips here or watch some safety videos if you're new to the road.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, May 20, at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave. A leisurely ride with members of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee and city staff will follow. Everyone is welcome to attend these monthly meetings and discuss various bike and pedestrian initiatives within the city.
Progressive Dinner
Always a crowd-pleaser, the progressive dinner is a family-friendly bike ride that includes stops to eat along the way. Plan to join us on Friday, May 20.
Women's Ride
This year's women's ride is scheduled for Sunday, May 22. Stay tuned for more details.

String Wall Art Project
Create a bicycle-themed piece of artwork for your home at Straight Upp Creative Studio on Thursday, May 26. Materials and step-by-step instruction provided, bring your own beverage. $38 per person, preregistration required. Visit the event registration page for more details.

Bike and Brunch
A leisurely ride through town to eat brunch with new and old friends on Sunday, May 29.
National Bike Travel Weekend
Looking for a way to ease into bike touring? Join Adventure Cycling for an overnight Bike Tour from June 4 to 5, 2016. The group will leave from Blue Earth Plaza at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and ride about 10 miles along bike paths and roads to reach Tuttle Creek State Park. Saturday afternoon includes group rides, a shared dinner, and discussions about bike touring. A park shelter will be reserved, and shuttle service for gear will be available if needed.

Bike Rides
There are several weekly rides for all skill levels and types of biking. Check out The Pathfinder and the Bike Manhattan group for more information.

See last year's Bike Month schedule on the right side of this page.

2015 Bike Month Schedule

Bike Month Schedule
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.
Check out the following resources for helpful information: