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Bike Month Events!

By Staff · May 2nd, 2012 · Cover Story
More Bike Month articles from CityBeat:

So You Want to Be a Cyclommuter?: Bike advocates offer tips on making the most of your commute

Hit the Trails: Urban trails offer a safe haven from automobile traffic, but more are needed

Bike Month Schedule:

Bike Month Lunch Dealio
11 a.m.-2 p.m. every weekday in May

Park + Vine, 1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine

P+V is rewarding every bicyclist who walks through their doors with $1 off lunch in May. Just show them your bicycling hotness and they’ll take $1 off your order at the lunch counter.

Gears 4 Beers
6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in May
Nisbet Park, Loveland
The ride is 25-45 miles (long ride for faster riders; short ride is a bit slower). Food and drinks, which members volunteer to bring in rotation after the ride. Sign up at www.gears4beers.org.

Thursday Night Slow and Steady Ride
7:30 p.m. every Thursday in May
Hoffner Park, Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Street, Northside
Casual ride that usually lasts 1.5-2 hours; helps those interested in learning how to ride in an urban environment.

Findlay Market Bikegarten
9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday in May
Findlay Market, 130 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine
Learn more about the bicycle friendly changes happening in our community, purchase an official Bike Month T-shirt or pick up free biking maps and more.

Eastside Ride to Findlay Market
9 a.m. Every Saturday in May
Coffee Emporium, 3316 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Start your day off right with a casual ride to Findlay Market. Spend some time shopping, enjoy Belgian Waffles guilt-free and then head back to the East Side.

Bike Polo Fundraiser
Thursday, May 3
Currito, 222 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights
Help raise money for Cincinnati’s bike polo league — mention “bike polo” and a portion of your order gets donated to Cincinnati Hardcourt to help raise funds for travel and court maintenance.

Green Drinks Cincypedalfest
6-8 p.m. Friday, May 4
Park + Vine, 1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
May’s Green Drinks welcomes Queen City Bike, Ohio River Way and the Sierra Club. Come hear the latest on the upcoming pedal/paddle event and the efforts to build the Ohio River Trail.

Howl at the Moon Ride
8 p.m. Friday, May 4
Reser Bicycle Outfitters, 648 Monmouth St., Newport
Explore city streets during a beautiful night lit by the full moon. The ride finishes with a party at Reser Bicycle Outfitters.

Bike Commuting for Dummies
10 a.m. Saturday, May 5
Coffee Emporium Warehouse, 12th & Walnut streets, Over-the-Rhine
Guidelines for commuting by bike, selecting a bike, clothes, route selection, riding with traffic and parking.

Mobo Bicycle Cooperative Women’s Open Shop
2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 5 & 19
MoBo, 1415 Knowlton St., Northside
This is a space for women and those who identify as women to work on bikes and help each other out, without men in the shop. 

Opening of the Cincinnati Bike Center
7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, May 6
Bike Center in Smale Riverfront Park, Downtown
Come celebrate the opening of the Cincinnati Bike Center with food, drinks, a raffle and bike games.

Bike Swap
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 6
Park + Vine, 1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
The place for folks to sell, buy and trade bikes and bike goods and hang out with bike lovers.

Oakley After Dark/ Road 101/Bike Parade
6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, May 11
Oakley Square
Celebrating our bike culture, come out for great fun.

Black Top Detox
Noon Saturday, May 12
Park + Vine, 1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
A how-to class on bicycle advocacy. Learn how to exercise your voice as a street user that pays taxes and rides a bike.

Pompeii and Pizza
3 p.m.

tour Saturday, May 12
Cincinnati Museum Center, Queensgate
Meet at the Museum Center for a special tour of the Pompeii exhibit followed by a pizza ride to Venice on Vine in Over-the-Rhine. Receive $3 off admission to the exhibit.

Walk Wasson Way
10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 12 and 19
Coffee Emporium, 3316 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Walking tour along the proposed Wasson Way Biking Trail.

Cyclo Femme Ride
Noon Sunday, May 13
Reser Bicycle Outfitters, 648 Monmouth St., Newport
This is a 50-mile women’s-only road ride as part of a day of world-wide women’s rides. The ride was created by Girl Bike Love (a website and online community for women who ride) with the goal to, “create a unified voice for women in cycling, encouraging and empowering more riders.”

Free visit to the YMCA
May 14 through May 18
Central Parkway YMCA, 1105 Elm St.,
Bike to the Central Parkway Y and workout/shower for free.

Ride of Silence
6:30 p.m. May 16
Mulitple locations
This ride is quiet and slow-paced. It’s a worldwide event that honors bicyclists injured and killed on public roadways. The ride departs from multiple locations at 6:30 p.m. joining together at approximately 7:15 p.m. Downtown. www.cincinnaticycleclub.org for more info.

Bike to Work Week 

Morning Commuter Stations
7-9 a.m. May 14-18

We give bicyclists free coffee and goodies as a way of saying thanks for not driving and for keeping our commute enjoyable. Our corner of the sidewalk is also a place for cyclists to meet each other and learn more about bicycle advocacy and fun in Cincinnati.

Monday, May 14
Breakfast on the Bridge (Purple People Bridge), Coffee Emporium (Hyde Park), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown)

Tuesday, May 15
Roebling Point Bookstore (Covington), Hoffner Park (Northside), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown), MLK & Clifton (Clifton Heights), McMillan and Vine (Clifton Heights)

Wednesday, May 16
Corner BLOC Coffee Shop (Price Hill), Hyde Park Square (Hyde Park), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown)

Thursday, May 17
Park + Vine (Over-the-Rhine), Coffee Emporium (Over-the-Rhine), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown), MLK & Clifton (Clifton Heights), McMillan and Vine (Clifton Heights)

Friday, May 18
Fuel (East End), Ludlow and Clifton (Clifton), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown)

Afternoon Commuter Stations
4:30-6 p.m. May 14-18

Monday, May 14
Park + Vine (Over-the-Rhine), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown)

Tuesday, May 15
Coffee Emporium (Over-the-Rhine), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown)

Wednesday, May 16
Price Hill Chili (Price Hill), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown)

Thursday, May 17
Pike Street Lounge (Covington), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown)

Friday, May 18
Fries Café (Clifton), Cincinnati Bike Center (Downtown)

Bike to Work Day Celebration
Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, May 17
Fountain Square, Downtown
A celebration of bikes and commuting to work. Music, bike info, giveaways and tricycle races.

5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18
Fries Café, 3247 Jefferson Ave., Clifton
“Teilen” is a storytelling event, modeled after the popular NPR storytelling hour “The Moth.” Teilen has a pre-set theme and up to 10 volunteer storytellers have five minutes to tell their personal, genuine story. The theme for this Teilen is “Taking a Ride: Stories of Getting Around.”

Know your Farmer, Know your Food Ride
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine
Travel to a variety of food production locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Ride will visit urban gardens in Over-the-Rhine, head west up to Price Hill and come down across the Anderson Ferry into Northern Kentucky. There will be a visit to a farm or two on Route 8, then to see a residential urban garden in Ludlow, Ky., and then back to Covington. In Covington the ride will visit a community garden before ending at the Covington Farmers Market in Roebling Point. A healthy, local meal will be provided free of charge to riders.

Bikes and Brews
1 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Findlay Market Beergarten, Over-the-Rhine
An OTR/Downtown pub crawl via bicycles.

Bicycle Road Safety Class
9 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 20
Team Cycling and Fitness, 7765 Colerain Ave., White Oak
The class covers one hour of classroom discussion, one hour in the parking lot practicing bicycle maneuvering skills and the final hour on the road using the skills practiced.

Historic Buildings of Walnut Hills
2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20
Parkside Cafe, 1026 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
A biking tour of Walnut Hills. The ride starts at Parkside Cafe and ends at the Brew House across the street. Stay and have a cold one after the ride.

Smile More: Ride a Bike!
6 p.m. Monday, May 21
Hoffner Park, Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Street, Northside
This is a short, flat ride celebrating JR’s global art project: Inside Out. Contact margywaller@gmail.com for more info. 

Bike Polo Court Grand Opening
3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 24
Dead end of Joselin Avenue, Clifton Heights
The Cincinnati Recreation Commission invites you to stop by to celebrate the grand opening of Cincinnati’s first bike polo court. Cincinnati is one of only a handful of cities in the world with a municipally funded bike polo court (and the only one in the U.S.). There will be a grill out and demonstration games will take place all afternoon.

Behind the Scenes Bike Tour of the Zoo
Thursday, May 24
The Cincinnati Zoo, 3400 Vine St., Corryville
Become a member of Queen City Bike by May 19 and automatically be entered into a raffle to win one of 40 spots in a behind the scenes bike tour of the zoo with Thane Maynard.

Bike Prom
4-6 p.m. Saturday, May 26
Hoffner Park, Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Street, Northside
Ever wondered when you could wear that blue tuxedo or ugly bridesmaid dress again? This is your chance. Bike Prom is a 10-mile “slow and steady ride” from Hoffner Park to Fountain Square and back again. Take pictures under the balloon arch and vote for prom king and queen.

Mobo’s After Prom Fun’raiser and Dance Extravaganza  
7 p.m. Saturday, May 26
Mayday, 4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
Not done with prom? Grab your honey or go stag and head over to Mayday for Mobo’s annual fun’raiser. Attractions include a silent auction, raffle, the return of the Busted Bike Buildoff, Slack Panther, DJ Bree and more. Suggested donation is $10 at the door.

Ride of Shame
11 a.m. Sunday, May 27
Hoffner Park, Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Streets, Northside
Out all night partying? This is the ride for you. Stay dressed in your duds from the night before and take a ride to MOTR for a hangover brunch. Prize for the costume that most represents the ride of shame. 

Streetfilms Workshop
7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 30
Emery Theatre, 1112 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
This workshop will focus on sharing ideas and skills for turning the simplest of video cameras into a powerful tool for visualizing and improving your urban space. No experience necessary.

Streetfilms Film Fest and Party
8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31
Emery Theatre, 1112 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine
We’ll showcase streetfilms created by local folks and some gems produced by Streetfilms, the NYC organization that documents livable streets worldwide and coined the term. E-mail us at cincystreetfilms@gmail.com for details about how to submit. 

Queen City Bike + Dine
Noon- 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2
Park + Vine, 1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
Pedal out of Bike Month and into summer on Cincinnati’s sixth annual Bike + Dine. This progressive dinner bike ride includes a four-course meal at four local restaurants and bars to be announced. Mac’s Pizza in Clifton Heights is already confirmed. Tickets available online. Proceeds benefit participating businesses, including Park + Vine and Queen City Bike, our region’s bicycling advocacy organization. For more information, e-mail info@parkandvine.com.



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