Bike Month

Planning for Bike Month begins in January


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


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May is Bike Month in Manhattan! Keep watching this space for updates on activities as we close in on this year's bike month.


2018 Events



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

7:00 p.m. May 1
City Commission Room, 1101 Poyntz Avenue
Mayor Linda Morse will officially declare May 2018 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 May 31
"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. Start or join a team and see how Manhattan compares to communities across the country. Earn points by riding and encouraging others to ride and climb the leaderboard to compete for cool prizes from Love to Ride.
 

Gravel Ride


6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4
The Pathfinder (rear entrance), 304 Poyntz Avenue
Zeandale Community Center, Tabor Valley Road
All experience levels welcome. Ride support will be provided. This ride will be out to the Zeandale Community Center. There will be a stop at the Shamrock Cafe during the ride for a snack. 



River Trails Clean-up

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5-6
This is a volunteer event to clean up our trails that we know and love! Dress comfortably and get ready to get a little bit dirty, but that that you could get sun burnt, stung by a bee or brush up against some poison ivy. Manhattan Trail Works will provide tools, eye protection and ear protection. There will be some food and cold beverages provided for those who come out and help improve our trails.


Little Apple Pedal


2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6
Plaza West (old Ray's Apple Market), 3011 Anderson Avenue
The Little Apple Pedal is a family-friendly bike safety rodeo and 7-mile slow ride on the Linear Trail. This event is free and no registration is required. Questions? Contact Ryan McKee at 785-587-2768 or by email.



All Ages Bike Swap

2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6
Plaza West (old Ray's Apple Market), 3011 Anderson Avenue
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 (see above).



Bike to School Day


Wednesday, May 9
Visit the national website to learn about the day, find or plan an event, and access helpful resources.


Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 18
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. Brew Bros Hops and Sprockets will be in City Park for 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with City Hall employees providing light refreshments and basic bicycle help.
 

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting


Friday, May 18
4:30 p.m. Meeting
5:45 p.m. post-meeting ride
City Commission Room, 1101 Poyntz Avenue
The public is always welcome to attend these monthly meetings and discuss bike and pedestrian initiatives within the city. Meet outside City Hall at 5:45 p.m. to join the committee for a casual post-meeting ride.

​Post-Ride Dessert Social

6:15 p.m. Friday, May 18
Join us in the open-air shelter in City park after the BPAC meeting and post-meeting ride for a pot-luck style non-riding bicycle social. Come meet other members of the bicycle community and share tasty treats! If inclement weather is expected, this event will be moved inside.
   

Women's Ride


1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19
The Pathfinder (rear entrance), 304 Poyntz Avenue
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. The group will ride to Ogden and have a break at the House Cafe, a not for profit coffee house. This ride will also have a SAG (Support And Gear) just in case someone needs assistance.


Introduction to Mountain Biking


6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22
US 24 & Blue River Trailhead for Linear Trail  


All ages and abilities welcome at this workshop to learn the basics of mountain biking. Lessons will take place on the River Trails in Manhattan, next to Linear Trail. Kids must be able to ride their bikes without training wheels and use brakes. Mountain bike-style bicycles preferred. Helmet required to participate; elbow and knee pads optional. 

Progressive Dinner 


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 25
Triangle Park in Aggieville
Always a crowd-pleaser, the progressive lunch is a family-friendly bike ride that includes stops to eat along the way. The ride will begin in Triangle Park and make its way to Downtown where AJ's Pizza will be serving up slices, then over to the Riley Lane Shelter for desserts before riding back to Aggieville. The ride will wrap up just before the Final Friday Critical Mass begins!

Final Friday #bikemhk Critical Mass

7:00 p.m. Friday, May 25
Intersection of Moro and 12th Streets
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. Everyone with a bicycle welcome.


Zoo Trails Clean-up

9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 26-27
This is a volunteer event to clean up our trails that we know and love! Dress comfortably and get ready to get a little bit dirty, but that that you could get sun burnt, stung by a bee or brush up against some poison ivy. Manhattan trail works will provide tools, eye protection and ear protection. There will be some food and cold beverages provided for those who come out and help improve our trails.

Kandango

May 31 to June 2
Cyclists enjoy four days of supported rides in the Flint Hills and spend nights in Manhattan. Register online:  $115/person includes rides, t-shirt, and ticket to the BBQ Extravaganza.

​Final (First) Friday

7:00 p.m. Friday, June 1
Intersection of Moro and 12th Streets
This critical mass ride usually happens on the last Friday of every month, but this event is on the first Friday of June to celebrate the start of Kandango. Meet in Aggieville and ride down Moro Street, through downtown, and complete the loop by returning to Aggieville. Everyone with a bicycle is welcome.


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.
Bike Month Poster 2017
National Bike Challenge
Little Apple Pedal 2018
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Women Ride 2018
Final Friday Ride 2017
Interactive Bike Map
Download the Community Bike Map