BIKE BG

The City of Bowling Green, along with the Bowling Green Bike Commission, is pleased to offer both recreational and educational bike rides throughout city streets.

MONTHLY THEMED RIDES “SLOW ROLLS”
Rides are free, family-friendly, and open to everyone.  This program will occur on the last Sunday of the month at 2pm, at least during the warmer months.  Multiple trained leaders will facilitate the ride to ensure that all riders complete the route, including providing assistance for mechanical or personal issues that may arise.

These rides start and end at a pre-advertised location, typically a public park or other area with auto parking.  Each themed ride follows a pre-determined route on City of BG streets, making 2-3 stops along the way.  Each stop features some type of educational or theme-related information.  Rides are free to any BG residents who are capable of safely riding 3-8 miles on city streets.  Each rider is required to wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order.  These rides are meant to be more recreational in nature and will travel at a speed comfortable for all riders.  While designed for fun and exploration, monthly rides will also stress the importance of safe riding practices and responsibilities of riders while navigating city streets.

It is highly recommended that young riders, not able to travel these distances on their own, participate via a tow behind trailer or child bike seat. 

JOIN US FOR UPCOMING RIDES:

MARCH:  CANCELLED
Wheels of Change
CANCELLED
Meets & Ends at Wood County Public Library
Time to dust off your bike and gear up for warmer weather! The City of Bowling Green’s first slow roll bike ride for 2020, titled Wheels of Change, will be held CANCELLED.  Join us as we partner with the Library for a weekend filled with activities surrounding Sue Macy’s book, The Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a few Flat Tires Along the Way), in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote.  This ride will be a shorter ride and will provide guidance on proper bike maintenance and tips on quick repairs like how to fix a flat, complete a bike safety inspection, and more!  This ride will begin and end at the Wood County Library.

APRIL:  CANCELLED
Pedal for the Planet
CANCELLED
Meets & Ends at BG Montessori School Parking Lot
(Slippery Elm Trail)
Join us for a leisurely ride focusing on our local gem, the Slippery Elm Trail!  April is Earth Month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration.  Multiple agencies are collaborating throughout Wood County to provide events geared toward conservation, education and family fun. The 11th Annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be the culminating event held on Sunday, April 26th, 2020 from 2-4 pm.  This free family event is open to all and is filled with fun hands-on learning stations.  **EARTH DAY CELEBRATION CANCELLED**

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bicycle/helmet and stay for the Pedal for the Planet Slow Roll bike ride, which will take place along the Slippery Elm Trail at 4:30 pm.   

MAY:  No “Slow Roll” this month!
We hope you will join us for the annual Ride of Silence!

Northwest Ohio Virtual Ride of Silence – Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 6:45PM
A joint event for NW Ohio including Toledo, Bowling Green and Findlay!

On Wednesday, May 20th, cyclists across Ohio will again take to the road, joining globally in the 2020 Ride of Silence (RofS), a silent procession to honor and celebrate the lives of family and friends injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.  Due to the impacts of COVID-19, this year’s event will be a virtual/remote event.

The program will be live-streamed at 6:45 PM to remember those injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.  Participants are asked to ride alone or with family on a route of their choosing, with a start time of ~7:00 PM.  Riders are encouraged to take photos and use the hashtag #RideofSilence2020 when posting on social media.  Posting to the Ride of Silence Facebook page is also encouraged.  This will allow organizers to get a good sense for how many people participated this year.

6:45 PM — Livestream Program
7:00 PM — Start your solo or family Ride of Silence ride

Bowling Green, Findlay and Toledo will join together during the livestream to remember Dave Larabee, killed on his way home from work in 2005, Dr. Stephen Snedden, killed while biking along River Road in Perrysburg Township, and Dr. Robert Brundage.  We will also remember and honor Imranur Rahman, Kenny BenderShannon MillsRonald ChamberlainLewon Talley and Dr. Mark WladeckiTom SantoroEric RamlowDouglas KaniaSierah JoughinMatthew BillingsJames LambertEmilee GagnonHarvey Bell IIIAndy Gast, Adam Little, Jimmy Hughey, Jeff Roth and others prior to the start of our virtual Ride of Silence.

This year marks the 11th event held in Toledo, 4th in Bowling Green and 2nd in Findlay.  Those who are unable to participate on May 20, are invited to ride on Saturday, May 23, at 10 am, which is the official rain date/time for S. Hemisphere events.  More details on the annual Ride of Silence can be found at https://wearetraffic.org/Ride-of-Silence or www.rideofsilence.org

Link for livestream: https://youtu.be/rm2cCQOJ8H4
Event Site: https://WeAreTraffic.org/Ride-of-Silence

JUNE:
Theme: TBD
Date: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD

JULY: 
Theme: TBD
Date: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD

AUGUST: 
Theme: TBD
Date: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD

SEPTEMBER:  
Theme: TBD
Date: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD

OCTOBER (last ride for 2020):
Spooks & Spokes Halloween Ride
Date: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD

Past Rides:
June 2018: Just Chillin’
July 2018: Home Slice
August 2018: Back to School
September 2018: Read & Roll Storybook Ride
March 2019: Dust Off-Tune Up
April 2019: Pedal for the Planet
July 2019: Local Gems Take II
August 2019: Art Ride
September 2019: Glow Roll
October 2019: Spooks & Spokes

EDUCATIONAL RIDES
This program is open to all residents interested in learning more in depth information on bike laws, bike safety, and using a bicycle for transportation around Bowling Green.  Group size is limited to five (5) participants who are required to pre-register.  Each group is led by two trained bike leaders (typically city employees or Bicycle Safety Commission members).  In addition to the “lead rider,” each group is accompanied by a trained “sweep” who follows behind to keep the group together and to provide assistance with mechanical or personal issues.

Each educational ride follows a pre-determined route on City of BG streets, making 2-3 stops along the way. Each stop features discussions about bike law, responsibilities of cyclists and motorists, safe navigation of streets, and pros and cons of various bike infrastructure options.  Rides are free to any BG resident who is capable of safely riding 5-8 miles on city streets.  Each rider must wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order.  These rides are meant to be educational in nature focusing on safe bicycle riding as local transportation and commuting.

If interested in scheduling this type of ride, please call 419.354.6222 or email .

BUDDY RIDES
This tutorial program has a similar goal to the group education rides, but is tailored to individual needs of a rider and is conducted one-on-one between a trained leader and a BG resident.  An example would be working with a resident to develop a safe bike commuting route to and from work or school.  A trained bicycle leader interviews an interested resident to determine typical destinations through Bowling Green and then rides with this individual to practice the route once or twice depending on need.  These types of ride are scheduled by individual request.  Each rider must wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order.

If interested in scheduling this type of ride, please call 419.354.6222 or email .

All rides are tailored after an extensive training provided by Yay Bikes!  To learn more about their methods and efforts, visit them at https://www.yaybikes.com/.