Celebrate in May!

Help Us Celebrate National Bike Month in Columbia SC!  With spring in the air, the City of Columbia and the League of American Bicyclists, the national organization of bicyclists, announce that May is National Bike Month, May 17-23 is Bike to Work Week and Friday, May 21 is Bike to Work Day.

The City urges everyone to bike to work or try cycling for fun, fitness, or transportation. This year, as with last year, celebrations will be virtual, and will be held on the @colacompass Facebook and Instagram social media platforms.

Considering biking to work or for fun?  Here are some tips:

  • Have your bike checked over by your local bike shop
  • Plan your route, incorporating bike lanes, greenways, and less-busy streets when possible
  • Always wear a helmet to protect your head in the event of a crash
  • Ride in a safe location; in South Carolina, bicyclists may ride on sidewalks, or in the street.  If a dedicated bike lane is provided, bicyclists must use the bike lane (if they are riding in the roadway).  Please note, the City of Columbia does not allow bicyclists on the sidewalks bounded by Assembly, Gervais, Sumter, and Elmwood by local ordinance.
  • Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings
  • Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act
  • Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns 

The City of Columbia has been designated as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists since 2008; the designation is a four-year designation, and the City was most recently re-designated in December of 2020.  City Council adopted Walk Bike Columbia, a bicycle and pedestrian master plan for the City, in 2015.  

To learn more about how the City of Columbia is engaged in bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts, visit https://www.columbiacompass.org/walk-bike-columbia.html and https://columbiasc.gov/planning-preservation/bpac. To sign up to receive email updates from the City of Columbia on transportation planning, visit http://eepurl.com/gfIG25

May is also National Historic Preservation Month and the Planning Division will be highlighting the intersection of these two celebrations via social media @ColaCompass on Facebook and Instagram.


May is National Historic Preservation Month and the City’s Preservation staff has several virtual activities planned with the Planning Division to commemorate the event. Since its inception by the National Trust for Historic Preservation during the 1970s, National Historic Preservation Month has been a way to promote historic places. The City’s Planning staff is promoting a number of activities and events throughout the month of May that focus on the history and architecture of Columbia.

Children’s Architecture Crafts (May 1 – 31)

For the young, and young at heart, Preservation staff has developed two crafting activities that can be done from home. For more information, visit columbiasc.net/planning-preservation/historic-preservation. Be sure to share your creations by sending photographs to [email protected] or by posting a photograph to Facebook or Instagram and tagging @ColaCompass. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Instagram Photo Contest (May 1 – 31)

Keep an eye on the @ColaCompass Instagram page for weekly photo contests posted each Sunday during the month of May. Topics for the photo contests will cover both National Historic Preservation Month and National Bike Month. Contests will run Sunday to Saturday and prize winners will be selected weekly. To learn more about how to participate, visit @ColaCompass on Instagram.

Jane’s Talk Virtual Round Table: Wednesday, May 5, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join City of Columbia preservation and planned staff as we (virtually) celebrate iconic writer and activist, Jane Jacobs with a roundtable discussion. Covering topics from restoration to the Bailey Bill, the roundtable will feature historic district residents discussing preservation in a conversation via Zoom. This event is free, but please pre-register by emailing [email protected] by May 4th.

Historic Preservation Trivia: Thursday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join City of Columbia preservation and planned staff for a fun (virtual) trivia night! Hosted via Zoom, staff will quiz you on your knowledge of both local and national preservation history. Teams are encouraged and the three teams with the most points at the end of the night will win small prizes. This event is free, but please pre-register teams by emailing [email protected] by May 19th.

 Virtual Historic Preservation Bike Rides (May 8th and 22nd)

Did you miss out on the historic preservation bike rides of years past? Preservation and planning staff pre-recorded past bike rides so you can follow along on your own or in small, socially distanced groups. Video recordings of the bike rides will go live on the @ColaCompass Facebook and Instagram at 10AM on May 8th and 10AM on May 22nd, but will continue to be available on both platforms after Preservation Month.