Bike Month 2017

Planning for Bike Month begins in January

All are welcome! Join us if you have ideas, enthusiasm, or just want to learn more: 

Next planning meeting:
6:30 p.m. April 11
Groesbeck Room, Manhattan Public Library 

Sign up for Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee emails to receive Bike Month notices.


May is Bike Month in Manhattan! Below is a list of bicycle-themed events organized by community members and designed for a variety of ages and skill levels. Events are free unless otherwise noted. 
Brush up on some safety tips before hitting the road. 

Bike Month Proclamation

7 p.m. May 2
City Commission Room, 1101 Poyntz Ave.
Mayor Usha Reddi will officially declare May 2017 as Bike Month at the City Commission meeting. Attend this short ceremony to show your support for biking in Manhattan.

National Bike Challenge

May 1 to Sept. 30
"The National Bike Challenge ... is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level." Even if you don't bike very often, you'll be surprised how the miles add up over the course of a summer. This year, the Challenge aims to unite 100,000 riders to pedal 75 million miles. 

Little Apple Pedal

2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7
Plaza West (old Ray's Apple Market), 3011 Anderson Ave.
The Little Apple Pedal is a family-friendly bike safety rodeo and 7-mile slow ride on the Linear Trail. Pre-register online by May 2: $10/adult, $5/child. Questions? Contact Ryan McKee at 785-587-2768 or by email.

Kids Bike Swap

2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7
Plaza West (old Ray's Apple Market), 3011 Anderson Ave.
Have a bike that is too small? Come swap it out for a bigger one! Bring a bike, take a bike. This event is sponsored by The Pathfinder and occurs during the Little Apple Pedal.

Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 10
Visit the national website to learn about the day, find or plan an event, and access helpful resources.

Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 19
If there is one day you ride your bike this year, ride it to (and from) work on Bike to Work Day. Check out some commuting tips or watch some safety videos if it has been a while or you're new to the road.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

9 a.m. Friday, May 19
City Commission Room, 1101 Poyntz Ave.
The public is always welcome to attend these monthly meetings and discuss bike and pedestrian initiatives within the city. 

Progressive Lunch 

Saturday, May 20 
Always a crowd-pleaser, the progressive lunch is a family-friendly bike ride that includes stops to eat along the way. Details to follow

Women's Ride

1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21
The Pathfinder (rear entrance), 304 Poyntz Ave.
All ages and experience levels are welcome. Have your bike in good working condition and bring your helmet, water bottle, and flat tire repair tools. Mechanics from the Pathfinder will be there to assist with any last minute mechanical issues. Ride as a group across the K-177 bridge to Zeandale Road/K-18. Rides include an out and back to Zeandale (16 miles); Wabaunsee (25.2 miles); Highway 99 (30 miles), or customize how many miles you ride. There will be support vehicles to bring you back if needed.
This year’s yummy cookies will be provided by Sparrow Specialty Coffee at the Zeandale Community Center. 

Final Friday #bikemhk Critical Mass

7 p.m. Friday, May 26
Intersection of Moro and 12th Streets
The more, the merrier! This critical mass ride happens on the last Friday of every month. Meet in Aggieville and ride down Moro Street, through downtown, and complete the loop by returning to Aggieville. 

Bike and Brunch

9 a.m. Sunday, May 28 
Brunch is even tastier after a morning bike ride. Plan to purchase your own meal. Details to follow.


June 8 to June 11
Cyclists enjoy four days of supported rides in the Flint Hills and spend nights in Manhattan. Register online:  $95/person includes rides, t-shirt, and ticket to the BBQ Extravaganza.

Thursday, June 8, time TBD
Can't participate in Kandango? Welcome the group to town with a ride out to The Little Grill. Meet at Blue Earth Plaza.

Bike Across Kansas Water Stop

Thursday, June 15

The 2017 Bike Across Kansas route includes a water stop at Manhattan's Blue Earth Plaza. Come cheer on the cyclists throughout the day as they pedal towards the Missouri state line.

Recurring Bike Rides

There are also several regularly-scheduled rides for all skill levels and types of biking. Check out The Manhattan Project bike club for calendars and more information.
Little Apple Pedal 2017
Women Ride 2017
Kandango 2017
Interactive Bike Map
Download the Community Bike Map