Bike Month 2014

Bike Month Proclamation
Manhattan Mayor Wynn Butler officially proclaimed May 2014 as MHK's Bike Month during a City Commission meeting May 20 at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.

As part of bike month, we 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.

If you have any questions, contact Bicycle Coordinator Joey Lightner.

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 Bike Month Celebration (more details below).

Participants can sign up by emailing Joey Lightner. Miles and trips will be recorded here.

Bike to Work with Varsity Donuts
Every Monday during the month of May, from 6 to 9 a.m., you can receive a free drink with the purchase of a doughnut for biking to work and/or school. Since we encourage safe riding practices, you must present your helmet to be eligible.

Bike to the Kansas Sampler
Meet at Blue Earth Plaza at 10 a.m. May 3 to bike to Wamego for the Kansas Sampler. 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.

Bike to the Brewery
What could be better than biking and learning how beer is being made? We're going to meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Blue Earth Plaza to bike to Tallgrass Brewery and take a tour of the facility. After spending some time at the brewery, we will safely bike back to Blue Earth Plaza.

Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
The Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, May 16 at the Manhattan Traffic Operations Facility, 515 S. 11th St. This is a monthly meeting. Everyone is encouraged to come and discuss various bike and pedestrian initiatives within the city.

Ladies Purple Pedal Power
Attention ladies - this ride is for you. Join your girlfriends at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 for a fun ride and girls night out. The ride will start at Radina's Bakehouse, 3rd Street and Fort Riley Blvd., and ride around to multiple destinations around town. Don't worry - this is an easy ride. If you're looking for a good workout, join a few experienced bikers at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Radina's Bakehouse for a longer ride. There will be snacks and libations at every destination.

In order to help us prepare and plan accordingly, please pre-register by emailing Joey Lightner. Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged.

Designed for riders of all levels.

Mayor's Ride
The Mayor's Ride will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 24. Participants will meet at Blue Earth Plaza. Individuals will then accompany Mayor Butler and City Commissioners for an easy-paced, leisurely ride around Manhattan. Light refreshments from Varsity Donuts will be served.

Designed for riders of all levels and safe for children.

Progressive Dinner and Bike Month Celebration
Bikers Unite! A bike month party for anyone who loves to ride will be at 6 p.m. Friday, May 30. 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.

Winners of the Commuter Challenge will be announced, and prizes will be distributed, so you won't want to miss it.

Designed for riders of all levels and safe for children.

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 Ladies Purple Pedal Power Rides for more information.

Commuter Challenge
To record Commuter Challenge miles and trips, click here. If you want to sign up, send Joey Lightner an email with your organization's name and number of participants.
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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