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.
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, 6pm
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
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Saturday, May 5, 9am-2pm (rain date is scheduled for Saturday, May 19)
Join Midlands SORBA and Friends of Harbison State Forest to celebrate Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Harbison State Forest on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The event, developed and coordinated by IMBA, strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. Over the years tens of thousands of kids participate from across the globe, including: the United States, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt. Besides being good, healthy fun, the goal is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them. Today's children are tomorrow's land managers and politicians — future decision-makers for important matters like recreation and access to public lands. How different might our current access landscape look today if previous generations of policy makers had grown up riding bikes on natural-surface trails?
- 9:00 am - 10:30 am Registration and bike check
- 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Obstacle course and Group rides
- Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm
Don't forget your helmet! Riders can't participate without a helmet.
The event is free, but registration is required via Eventbrite. Both volunteers and riders must register.
Tour de Taco
Saturday, May 5, Cycle Center, gather 6:00-6:15pm, depart at 6:30pm, returning to Cycle Center at ~7:45-8:00pm.
Organized ride to three restaurants celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Sponsored by Cycle Center & Outspokin Bicycles. Start and finish at Cycle Center. Helmets are required, lights are suggested.
The event is free, but registration is required via Eventbrite. Click on the link to register, and select "May 5 - Tour de Taco" in the popup window when registering.
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, Outspokin' Bicycles - Irmo, 12:12-5:00pm
Come out for a fun women's ride that is beginner friendly; snacks, margaritas, and tattoos, will be provided afterwards. The ride is sponsored by Outspokin' Bicycles.
The event is free, but please plan to register prior to the ride via Eventbrite.
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.
Midlands Ride of Silence
Wednesday, May 16, 6-8pm, Hunter Gatherer at the Hangar, 1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
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
Friday, 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
This event has been cancelled due to the forecast of inclement weather. An alternative date will be scheduled, likely in the Fall. If you are interested in being notified of the new date, please email [email protected] .
Saturday, May 19, 1600 block of Laurel (behind the Hampton-Preston Property), 9am 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 event is free, but registration is required via Eventbrite. Click on the link to register, and select "May 19 - Preservation Bike Ride" in the popup window when registering. The ride is limited to 25 participants. Please direct any questions to [email protected].
Saturday, May 19, Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street, 8-10am depending on the activity chosen
Join hundreds of people ride/walk/run in the 2018 South Carolina Tour de Cure. The Tour de Cure is an event where no matter what road you take, you will be joining thousands of people from around the country who have the same passion as you to fight diabetes and its burdens. Funds raised allow the American Diabetes Association to provide education, advocacy, prevention, and summer camp programs. The Tour de Cure includes three ride options: 65 miles, 35 miles, or 15 miles, as well as a 5k walk/run. Registration is required, either in advance, or morning-of. www.sctourdecure.com
Bike, Bowl, Bocci, Beer
Thursday, May 24, The Grand, 5:30pm
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.
The event is free, but registration is required via Eventbrite. Click on the link to register, and select "May 24 - Bike Bowl, Bocci, Beer" in the popup window when registering.
Saturday, May 26, departing from the State House North Lawn at 5pm
Join the Cola Town Bike Collective on a very casual ride from the Statehouse North Lawn to Spirit Communications Park to watch the Columbia Fireflies host Greenville! Bike Month and Baseball should go hand in hand! We will be rolling from the Statehouse at 5:00PM, headed down Main St. then through the Historic district ending at Bull Street.
Bike Movie Night: Bicycle Dreams
Wednesday, May 30, Tapps Art Center, Fountain Room, 6pm
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.