Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month. National Bike Month has been acknowledged through Mayoral Proclamations in Columbia within recent years. There are many reasons to ride a bike - whether it is for work, school, to save money or time, to preserve your health or the environment, or to explore your community, there are many ways to participate in Bike Month in Columbia.
Additional details will be added shortly.
Bike Month Proclamation
Tuesday, May 1, Regular City Council Meeting, 6pm, City Hall
Be a part of the official kick off of Bike Month in Columbia!
Handlebar Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 2, Publick House, Devine Street
Established in 2014 to bring together a monthly forum to educate the community and advocate for bike and walking initiatives to support growth and more accessibility. Complimentary Bike Valet will be provided; sponsored by BPAC. www.publickhouse.com
Tour de Taco
May 5, Cycle Center
Organized ride to three restaurants celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Sponsored by Cycle Center & Outspokin Bicycles. Start and finish at Cycle Center; registration is required. Registration information will be available shortly.
Bike to Bus Week
May 7-11, The Comet
The Comet serves bike riders on all of its commuter buses. Ride your bike to a bus stop, and celebrate Bike to Bus Week. www.catchthecomet.org
Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 9
Schools are encouraged to organize student commuter rides on May 9th. Check to see if your school is participating. www.saferoutestoschool.org
Ride The Comet for FREE
Friday, May 11, all Comet stops (if you ride your bike)
Ride your bike to a bus stop, and board any Comet bus for free on Friday, May 11th. www.catchthecomet.org
Sunday, May 13
Global women's bike day. Cycle Femme is a guided bike ride for female riders of all abilities; sponsored by Outspokin' Bicycles.
Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committe (BPAC) Meeting
Monday, May 14, 4:30pm, Richland Library, Main Branch, Room 213. A social within walking/riding distance will follow (location TBD).
Bike to Work Week
Learn more about this national celebration at www.bikeleague.org/bikemonth.
Ride of Silence
An organized ride where cyclists ride through the streets of Columbia in silence to memorialize those hit or killed on the roads of South Carolina. Sponsored by Midlands Ride of Silence.
Bike to Work Day
May 18, 7:30 am, various start locations.
Organized commuter rides begin at various locations, and culminate with an organized group ride starting at the Capitol and ending at the Bank of America Plaza. Sponsored by AgFirst Farm Credit Bank and BPAC.
Guided rides will begin at the following locations at 7:30am:
Preservation Bike Ride
May 19, 9am, 1600 block of Laurel (behind the Hampton-Preston Property)
Join preservationists from the City of Columbia for a leisurely ride through time as we explore preservation, history, and planning in the capital city! Did you know that the 1700 block of Blanding and Laurel once included over 30 houses for railroad workers? Or that the construction of the Babcock Building followed progressive theories of mental health treatment known as the “Kirkbride System”? Join us to learn even more about the City in a family friendly tour through Columbia, including stops at Main Street, West Gervais, Elmwood Park, and the Bull Street Campus. The ride will be at an easy pace but may include hills and, although the tour will largely follow secondary roads, riders should be comfortable riding on streets open to vehicular traffic. The ride is limited to 25 participants with reservations required via Eventbrite (registration information will be available shortly). Please direct any questions to [email protected].
Bike, Bowl, Bocci, Beer
May 24, The Grand
Ride to the City Center and enjoy an evening of fellowship and fun at one of the newest restaurants on the block, The Grand. Sponsored by BPAC; registration is required (registration information will be available shortly).
Bike Movie Night: Bicycle Dreams
May 30, Tapps Art Center, Fountain Room
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.