It's Bike Month!

Monthly deals, weekly rides and special events throughout May

THURSDAY, MAY 05

Cheviot “Slow Ride” Cinco De Mayo Party

Cinco de Mayo on the first Thursday — no way! Join the “Ariba, Andelay Party” ride, which starts at Harvest Home Park at 7 p.m. All Tristate riders are invited  to attend this free “slow” 4-plus mile ride around Cheviot. Happy hour will be at Avocados Mexican Restaurant and Bar following the ride. Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road. 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 06

Ride for Reading

Ride for Reading is a national organization whose a mission is “to help children in low-income areas become healthy and literate.” Each year, SPUN Bicycles, Wordplay Cincy and other partners team up with local elementary schools to deliver as many as 10 books for each student to take home and build their home library. Cyclists will meet at the Coffee Emporium warehouse on 12th Street between Walnut and Main between 8 and 9 a.m. on May 6 to load up books and sign waivers. All riders must wear a helmet, no exceptions (it’s a rule for all national deliveries). It will be a slow ride to Northside, where the parade will pull up to Parker Woods Montessori to begin the book delivery at 10 a.m. Coffee Emporium warehouse, 12th and Walnut. 8 a.m.

AAA Bike Month Kickoff

Announcing Roadside Assistance for two-wheeled bicycles, including rental bicycles. Stop by to hear more details. Washington Park. Over-the-Rhine. 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 07

Try the Tracks

Come see the first two phases of the Wasson Way trail up close — walk along the tracks from Madison Road west to Montgomery Road (near Xavier). Learn about some of the exciting features planned for these two sections and have your questions about the trail answered. Meet at Busken Bakery in Hyde Park at 10 a.m. Coffee and treats provided courtesy of Busken. The walk will take about 90 minutes. The entire walk is 2.6 miles (1.3 each way) and goes along the railroad tracks, which is an uneven surface; no strollers, but little ones are welcome (if 2.6 miles is too long, you can make it as short as you like). Meets at Busken Bakery, 2675 Madison Road. 10-11:30 a.m.

Mobo Bicycle Co-op’s Second-Hand Bike Sale

Great selection of tuned-up, second-hand bikes with prices ranging from $75-$200. First come, first served. Mobo Bike Co-op, 1415 Knowlton St., Northside. 10 a.m.

Trail Maintenance Workshop

A day of hands-on learning with one of the country’s top professional trail builders. Chad Irey will lead you through an hour of classroom-style learning followed by a full day of hands-on field work. You’ll learn proper technique for rock work, drainage work, lift and tilt technique and more. Register online at greatparks.org. This is a free workshop and also includes lunch. Mitchell Memorial Forest Mountain Bike Trail, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Woodlawn Family Bike Ride

A family bike ride along the West Fork of the Mill Creek. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 09

Mount Lookout Duckling Ride

Gather at 7 a.m. at the edge of the Duck Creek Watershed — Erie Avenue at Delta for a supportive and fun bicycle commute from Mount Lookout to downtown. Ride will go down the Delta Avenue bike lanes and Riverside bike lanes and then duck into International Friendship Park at Bains to the Ohio River Trail. Meets at 7 a.m.

East Walnut Hills Duckling Ride

Gather at 7:30 a.m. at Cafe DeSales in East Walnut Hills and then duck out at 8 a.m. sharp. No need to RSVP. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Wes Crout will provide safety checks along the way in case there are any “quack-ups.” Cafe DeSales, 2835 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills. 7:30 a.m.

Northside Duckling Ride

Gather at 7 a.m. at Collective Espresso in Northside and then duck out at 7:15 a.m. for a supportive and fun bicycle commute from Northside to downtown. Safety checks are available the day before at MoBo Bicycle Cooperative from 2-5 p.m. No duckling will be left behind, so please show up for a prompt 7:15 a.m. departure so everyone can get to work in a timely fashion. Collective Espresso, 4037 Hamilton Ave., Northside. 7 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11

The Brewtal Truth: ’90s Trivia Benefitting Mobo Bicycle Co-op

Come play 90’s trivia and raise money for Mobo. There will be prizes and raffles, and between 6 and 9 p.m., 15 percent of food sales and 50 cents from each draft beer sold will go toward Mobo and its mission of making bikes accessible to everyone. Brew House, 1047 East McMillan St., East Walnut Hills. 7:30 p.m. 

THURSDAY, MAY 12

Thursday Hersday

Promoting confident ridership among women with bimonthly group rides at a conversational to moderate pace, this event will explore local routes for rides from 20-30 miles and discuss strategies for increased safety, comfort, fitness and fun. Lights and helmets required, 12-plus miles per hour. Reser Bicycle Outfitters, 648 Monmouth St., Newport. 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 13

Friday the 13th Bike Prom

A (spooky) prom-themed bike ride and after party. From cumberbuns and fake blood to corsages and chainsaw wounds, roll through the city with the Cincinnati Hardcourt Bike Polo Club for its third-annual Bike Prom. Assemble at Hoffner Park in Northside at 7:30 p.m. Ride leaves promptly at 8:30 p.m., looping through the city and returning to Hoffner Lodge for the After Prom with music, dancing, games, food, raffles and door prizes. Prom king and queen will be announced. BYOB. Hoffner Park, Blue Rock Street and Hamilton Avenue, Northside. 7:30 p.m.

Spun Bicycles Kona Bicycle Demo at Devou Park Trails

Test ride some of the best mountain bikes on the market. Bring your driver’s license, credit card, helmet and pedals. Devou Park trails, 450 Deverill St., Covington. Noon-5 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 14

Adventurefest Mountain Bike Demo

Free mountain bikes to test ride. Bring a credit card and ID. Presented by Montgomery Cyclery. Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves. Noon-5 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 15

Free Guided Red Bike Rides

Free guided Red Bike rides and yoga in the park. Meet at the bottom of Fulton Avenue. 9 a.m.-noon.

Wheelin’ for Wasson

A community bike ride benefiting Wasson Way. This bike ride will celebrate bikes, buddies, beers and Bike Month. All ages and bicycle enthusiasts are welcome. Rain or shine. $20 donation per participant suggested. Donations can be made at the event or at: wassonway.org/donate. Meets at Fifty West Production Works, 7605 Wooster Pike, Mariemont. 10 a.m.

MONDAY, MAY 16

Mount Lookout Duckling Ride

Gather at 7 a.m. at the edge of the Duck Creek Watershed — Erie Avenue at Delta for a supportive and fun bicycle commute from Mount Lookout to downtown. Ride will go down the Delta Avenue bike lanes and Riverside bike lanes and then duck into International Friendship Park at Bains to the Ohio River Trail. Meets at 7 a.m.

East Walnut Hills Duckling Ride

Gather at 7:30 a.m. at Cafe DeSales in East Walnut Hills and then duck out at 8 a.m. sharp. No need to RSVP. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Wes Crout will provide safety checks along the way in case there are any “quack-ups.” Cafe DeSales, 2835 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills. 7:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

Park + Vine Bicycle Happy Hour

Free coffee or tea for bicycle commuters. Park+Vine, 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. 4:30-6 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 19

The Urbanist Book Club: Bikes and Janette Sadik-Khan

A bike-themed book club*/TED Talk club/drink beer and talk about cities club in May. *Reading is not a prerequisite. The topic will be Janette Sadik-Khan, who is famous for her role in bringing lots of new bike lanes to New York City as their transportation commissioner and who just put out a book, Street Fight with Seth Solomonow. Brew House, 1047 East McMillan St., East Walnut Hills. 6:30-8 p.m.

Spun Bicycles’ Bicycle Happy Hour

Free after-work snacks to fuel your ride home. Spun, 4122 Hamilton Ave., Northside. 4-7 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 20

Clifton BOB Group Ride

A motley, ragtag, loosely organized leaderless group ride from Clifton to Breakfast on the Bridge (BOB). Red Bike use allowed. Leaves from Clifton Library Red Bike station at 6:30. Clifton Library, 3400 Brookline Ave., Clifton. 6:30 a.m.

Breakfast on the Bridge

Show up for free food and hang out with bicycle-riding comrades! First-timers, once-a-year commuters, occasional riders and everyday bike commuters are all welcome to hop on the bandwagon and be inspired to take alternative transportation to work. Meets at Purple People Bridge (Newport side). 7-9 a.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 21

Little Miami Scenic Trail Ribbon Cutting

Bring your family and friends to the official opening of the new 3.15-mile extension of the trail. Little Miami Golf Center, 3811 Newtown Road, Newtown/Mariemont. 10 a.m.

The Preservation Ride

The Cincinnati Preservation Collective is celebrating Bike Month by taking a bicycle tour of historic sites in Cincinnati. This tour will stop to celebrate, ponder and even mourn places that tell the story of historic preservation in our city. Meets at Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine. Noon.

Kidical Mass! Clifton Family Bike Ride

Kids of all ages are welcome to join in a slow, family-friendly ride around the streets of Clifton. Meeting location TBD. 10 a.m.

MONDAY, MAY 23

Mount Lookout Duckling Ride

Gather at 7 a.m. at the edge of the Duck Creek Watershed — Erie Avenue at Delta for a supportive and fun bicycle commute from Mount Lookout to downtown. Ride will go down the Delta Avenue bike lanes and Riverside bike lanes and then duck into International Friendship Park at Bains to the Ohio River Trail. Meets at 7 a.m.

East Walnut Hills Duckling Ride

Gather at 7:30 a.m. at Cafe DeSales, 2835 Woodburn Ave., in East Walnut Hills and then duck out at 8 a.m. sharp. No need to RSVP. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Wes Crout will provide safety checks along the way in case there are any “quack-ups.” Cafe DeSales, 2835 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

Start a Revolution: Get People on Bikes

The future of Cincinnati’s bike network hangs in the balance. Enjoy an evening of lively dialogue and debate. Panelists from Cincinnati’s cycling scene discuss how we can bring a bike-friendly future to the city. Bring your bike, your voice and your mind. Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St #1100, Over-the-Rhine. 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 26

Thursday Hersday

Promoting confident ridership among women with bimonthly group rides at a conversational to moderate pace, we’ll explore local routes for rides from 20-30 miles and discuss strategies for increased safety, comfort, fitness and fun. Lights and helmets required, 12-plus miles per hour. Reser Bicycle Outfitters, 648 Monmouth St., Newport. 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 28

The Color Ride

Dress yourself head-to-toe in a single color of your choice (and you can decorate your bike to match if you want). Ride slowly through Over-the-Rhine and downtown, creating a moving riot of colorful happiness. This will be a short, slow, family-friendly ride. Meets at Washington Park. 4 p.m.

National Trails Day Celebration

June 4 is National Trails Day. Meet on the Newport side of the Purple People Bridge, the trail junction between the Ohio River Trail and Riverfront Commons Trail, to celebrate. Trail Challenge finishers can present their passport to receive a prize and be entered into raffles for larger prizes. Purple People Bridge, Newport, Ky. 1 p.m.

MONTHLY SPECIALS

Brew House Bicycle Happy Hour Mondays and Tuesdays in May.Free appetizer with purchase of a meal on Mondays and Tuesdays. Must show helmet! Brew House, 1047 East McMillan St., East Walnut Hills. brewhouse.com.$2 Burgers for Bike MonthRide your bicycle to Park + Vine Monday through Saturday all month and get a burger for $2 (instead of $7.50) and a free cup of La Terza coffee every time you visit. P+V says some exceptions may apply, “although not really.” Burgers are 100-percent vegan, just like everything else on P+V’s menu and throughout the store. Park+Vine, 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. parkandvine.com.BrewRiver GastroPub Happy HourBuy one appetizer, get the second 1/2 price every Tuesday in may from 4-7 p.m. BrewRiver GastroPub, 2062 Riverside Drive, East End, brewrivergastropub.com.MONTHLY RIDESUrban Basin Bicycle Club6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.Slow, interesting, themed rides that begin and end in the basin. All skill levels are welcome. Meets at Fountain Square. Reser Road Rides6:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Three pace groups leave Reser at 6:15 p.m., led by shop staff and taking different routes each week. "Easiest" group is a no-drop 15 mph pace ride of  about 30 miles. Lights and helmets required. Trailhead Coffee, 35 1/2 E. Seventh St., Newport. Thursday Night Slow & Steady Ride7: 30 p.m. Thursdays. Ride any kind of bike you like, from BMX to tall bikes and everything in between. The ride usually lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours. Perfect for those who enjoy riding bicycles or would like to learn how to ride in an urban environment. Meets at Hoffner Park in Northside.Findlay Market Bikegarten9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Learn more about the bicycle friendly changes happening in our community, pick up free biking maps and more. Toura de CoraSundays; start time TBD. Highlighting the diverse ecology and topography of local wild lands, this event explores the trail systems maintained by our regional natural surface human-powered activity advocates, the Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance. Showcasing a new system each Sunday with an informal gathering of explorers on two wheels or feet. Check the Reser and CORA pages for place and time.MONDAY, MAY 16-FRIDAY, MAY 20Trail Head Coffee and Reser Bicycle Outfitters Morning Commuter StationsFree drip coffee for bicycle commuters from 7-9 a.m.


This Bike Month calendar was provided by QUEEN CITY BIKE. More info: queencitybike.com.



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