The tristate area is increasingly becoming more bike-friendly, with new bicycle lanes in many neighborhoods and Red Bike locations
throughout the city, with expansion coming soon. May is Bike Month
, a time to reconsider healthy lifestyles and the use of bicycles as transportation.
Bike Month is organized by Queen City Bike
, but a number of local organizations and businesses offer bike-related deals, lead bike rides and host events throughout the month. Things kicked off May 1 with a poster show at Coffee Emporium that runs through May 26; and on May 2, a ride to various pubs in the basin area.
If you missed these events, though, don’t worry. There are plenty more coming up — 21 below, to be exact.
• Bicycle Happy Hour
at The Brew House
, 1047 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills: Ride your bike to The Brew House and, if you’re wearing a helmet, get a free appetizer during happy hour. May 4, 11 and 18 at 5-8 p.m.
• Urban Basin Bicycle Club
, meet at Fountain Square: Join the club
for a slow, interesting themed ride for all skill levels that begins and ends in the basin. Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
• Hump Day Hill Challenge
, meet at greenspace by the old SCPA building in Pendleton/Over-the-Rhine: A difficult ride up and down Cincinnati’s hills. To check out the routes, use the Hill Challenge App
in the Google Play Store. Every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• Thursday Night Slow & Steady Ride
, meet at Hoffner Park, Northside: These rides are open to anything with wheels and take about 1.5 to 2 hours. Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
• Eastside to Findlay Market Ride
, meet at Coffee Emporium, 3316 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. Every Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
• Findlay Market Bikegarten
, Findlay Market, OTR: Learn more about the bike-friendly changes that are coming to the city, pick up free bike maps and lots more. Every Saturday at 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Ride for Reading
, meet at Coffee Emporium Warehouse, 12th and Walnut Streets, OTR: Join in the bike parade, then distribute books to students at Chase Elementary in Northside. May 8 at 10 a.m.
• The Color Ride
, meet at Washington Park: Grab the kids and dress in a single color from head-to-toe and take a short ride through OTR and downtown. May 9 at 4 p.m.
• Element Cycles City Ride
, meet at Element Cycles, 2838 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park: This casual ride
will end at the Growler House in East Walnut Hills. May 9 at 4 p.m.
• Bike Happy Hour
, Fries Café
, 3247 Jefferson Ave., Clifton. May 12 at 5-7 p.m.
• Trivia Fundraiser for Mobo
, The Brew House, 1047 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills. May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
• Breakfast on the Bridge
, Purple People Bridge on the Newport side: Pastries and coffee will be available, and there will also be a station set up with a mechanic to help you fix up your bike. May 15 at 7-9 a.m.
• Bike to Work Day
: All rides are free
on Metro, Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and Clermont Transportation Connection for those with bicycles. All day May 15.
• Bike to Work Day Celebration
, MainStrasse, Covington: Rides will be led to Fountain Square and back. May 15 at 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
• Bike 2 Baseball
: Ride to Great American Ball Park for the sixth annual event
. A free bike valet will be available, hosted by Red Bike. Tickets must be bought in advance. May 17 at 1 p.m.
• Second Annual Preservation Ride
, meet at Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., OTR: The Cincinnati Preservation Collective
is celebrating Bike Month by hosting a slow riding tour of some of the urban basin’s historic sites. May 17 at noon.
• Trivia Fundraiser for Queen City Bike
, The Brew House, 1047 E. McMillan, Walnut Hills. May 20 at 7:30 p.m.
• The Pink Flamingo Bike Ride
: Ride from Covington to Bellevue Beach for this family-friendly event that touts Northern Kentucky pride. May 30 at 10 a.m.
• Queen City Bike+Dine
: Email [email protected]
for more information about the 10th annual event
on June 6.
There will also be three Blinkie Light Distributions throughout the month:
• Kenton County Health Center, 2022 Madison Ave., Covington, May 10 at 3 p.m.
• Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport, May 17 at 3 p.m.
• Boone County Health Center, 7505 Burlington Pike, Florence, May 24 at 3 p.m.