Bike to Work and School
Bike to Work is generously supported by the City of Coralville, City of Iowa City, and sponsors of the Think Bicycles Coalition. We encourage riding not only to work but school, the gym, parks, grocery stores, and everywhere else.
May 5-9: Bike to School Week
Bike Rodeos – twelve schools in the area will host bike rodeos organized and hosted by parents and/or teachers. The Bicyclists of Iowa City provides expertise, facilitates helmet sales and bike repair stations. Each school receives $50 to cover expenses and raffle prizes. Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch will receive a free helmet. Co-sponsors include AAA, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and the UIHC Children’s Safety Program. Contact Bob Oppliger at (319) 338-4011 for details.
The Iowa Safe Routes to School program is encouraging schools across the state of Iowa to participate in International Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7. If you would like your school to participate, register your event at the International Walk to School website. If you have any questions about Walk to School Day please contact Alana, Safe Routes to School Director at the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, at 319-430-7473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 12-16: Bike to Work Week
15% discount on purchases at Beadology, 220 E. Washington St. – must have helmet to receive discount (promoting safety).
10% discount on purchases at World of Bikes, 723 S. Gilbert St. – must ride your bike to store to receive discount.
Ride for free on Iowa City and Coralville Transit for people with a bicycle, to help cyclists get home in the event of bad weather, a flat tire, or other unforeseen event.
Show your helmet to the server at Devotay, 117 Linn St., for a 10% discount on your meal. Year-round.
Saturday May 10:
Start Bike to Work Week early at the Spring Garage Sale , 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.., sponsored by Iowa City Bike Library. 408 E. College Street). Sweet deals on bikes, frames, parts and Bike Library merchandise!
Monday, May 12:
Bike Commuter Breakfast, sponsored by Thirtieth Century Bicycles (312 E Prentiss St) 7:30-10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 13:
Bike Commuter Breakfast, 7-9 a.m., sponsored by Johnson County. Located at Johnson County Administration Building, 913 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City (rain location at parking ramp north of Health and Human Service Building, 855 S. Dubuque St.)
RESCHEDULED on Friday: Bike Commuter Lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Broken Spoke (602 South Dubuque Street), sponsored by Griddle Me This! and The Broken Spoke. The lunch will encourage bicyclists to commute to work by rewarding them with a fantastic free lunch for commuting on their bicycles!
Two Wheels, Fifty Years Ago, Thirtieth Century Bicycles (312 E. Prentiss St.), 7-9 pm., sponsored by Thirtieth Century Bicycles and Think Bicycles Coalition of Johnson County. By day, Gary Frost is a mild-mannered book conservator and educator, yet more than 50 years ago he undertook two solo bicycle trips, to California and in Alaska. These were solo trips at a time when there were very few other traveling cyclists. Come hear the adventures told by a master storyteller.
Wednesday, May 14:
Bike/Bus/Car Race, sponsored by the MPO of Johnson County, beginning at 11:33 a.m. at the Coralville Public Library and ending at the Iowa City Public Library, featuring elected officials. Contact Kris Ackerson at (319) 356-5247 for details.
Old Pi to New Pi Ride, sponsored by New Pioneer Coop, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Chauncey Swan Park in Iowa City where Iowa City Councilor Susan Mims will send off the group and Coralville Mayor John Lundell will welcome riders to New Pioneer Co-op in Coralville. Live music, food, and the new Bike & Biker Wacky Costume Contest (for best costumed bikes and owners in adult and kid divisions). No preregistration is required. Ride together from Chauncey Swan Park to Dubuque St (via Linn, Burlington and Clinton Sts.) to Park Rd., through City Park, Rocky Shore Drive, Highway 6, First Ave, Fifth Street to New Pi.
Bike & Biker Wacky Costume Contest, sponsored by Bicyclists of Iowa City, New Pioneer Coop, and Think Bicycles Coalition of Johnson County. Dress up your bike and yourself for the title of Wackiest Bike & Biker. Winners in adult and kid divisions will be chosen by acclamation. Prizes will be awarded. Contact Bob Oppliger at (319) 338-4011 for details.
Life on a Bike Website Launch , 8 p.m., Brownell Board Room, Adler Journalism Building, University of Iowa. Come hear panel of experts discuss new website about bicycle culture in Iowa and beyond. Life on a Bike was created by UI journalism students in an applied media and social media class. Contact Heidi Wehling at (319) 480-0648 for more information.
Thursday, May 15:
Rain date for Old Pi to New Pi Ride – see details above
Friday, May 16:
Bike Commuter Breakfast, 7-9 a.m. at World of Bikes (723 S. Gilbert St.), sponsored by World of Bikes and Think Bicycles Coalition of Johnson County. Featuring homemade breakfast burritos! Donations accepted for the Youth Off Road Riders.
Bike Commuter Lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Broken Spoke (602 South Dubuque Street), sponsored by Griddle Me This! and The Broken Spoke. The lunch will encourage bicyclists to commute to work by rewarding them with a fantastic free lunch for commuting on their bicycles!
Friday Night Meet-up, 5 pm – ? Trumpet Blossom Cafe (310 E. Prentiss St.). Let’s close the books on another great Bike to Work Week at one of our favorite bike-friendly restaurants. If the weather’s good we’ll sit outside on the patio. Casual.
Bike Obstacle Course, Wednesday, May 14, from 12-1p at the Johnson County Administration Building. This event is for Johnson County Government employees. For more event info, contact Diana Kremzar, Dkremzar@co.johnson.ia.us, (319) 688-5865.
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