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. 

REGISTER FOR UPCOMING RIDES:

MARCH:
Dust Off-Tune Up
Sunday, March 31st at 2pm
Meets & Ends at Ridge Park, 225 Ridge St.
Time to dust off your bike and gear up for warmer weather!  This ride will be a shorter ride and will feature stops that provide guidance on proper bike maintenance and tips on quick repairs like how to fix a flat, complete a bike safety inspection, and more!  
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APRIL:
Pedal for the Planet
Sunday, April 28th at 2pm
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!  At the end of the ride, you’ll want to stick around for the annual Earth Day Celebration hosted by 20+ local organizations on the beautiful Montessori Campus!
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MAY:  No “Slow Roll” this month!
We hope you will join us for the annual Ride of Silence!

Ride of Silence
May 15, 2019
Meet at City Park off of Conneaut Ave.
Arrive @ 6:30pm – Be ready to ride @ 7pm
All are welcome for a free, silent bike ride.  Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.  Raise awareness that we are here.  We all share the road.  This is a slow paced ride, no faster than 12 MPH. 
**HELMETS ARE MANDATORY**

JUNE: Special Date & Time
Local Gems
Saturday, June 15th at 2pm
Meets & Ends at Wood County Fairgrounds
Our next slow roll bike ride will be in partnership with the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) event.  Meet at the Home and Garden Building located on the Wood County Fairgrounds and join us as we show off a few of our local gems to our guest riders!  After the ride, you’ll want to stick around for the Bike Parade and GOBA Kickoff Celebration being held at the Wooster Green.  You do not have to be registered with GOBA to participate.
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The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA)
June 15th-June 22nd
We’ll be throwing everything we got at this year’s GOBA event!  We are proud to be this year’s kickoff location!  
To register or learn more, visit http://goba.com/

JULY: 
Local Gems Take II
Sunday, July 28th at 2pm
Meets & Ends at Simpson Garden Park
The rain forced us to cancel our June ride, so we’re going to give it a go and repeat the theme this month!  Join us as we travel to and through some of our local gems.   
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AUGUST: 
Theme: Art Ride
Saturday, August 31st at 2pm
Meeting Location: Wooster Green
In anticipation of the Black Swamp Arts Festival, this month’s ride will feature some of BG’s unique art installations, including BG’s newest mural!   
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SEPTEMBER:  Special Night Ride!
Theme: Glow Roll
Friday, September 20th at 7:30pm
Meeting Location: Black Swamp Preserve
In partnership with the Wood County Park District, this ride provides the unique opportunity to ride at night along the Slippery Elm Trail.  Important safety tips for riding at night and the need for safety lights will be stressed prior to the event.  Lights will be provided for those who need them.  Glow sticks and glow-in-the dark bike decorations are welcome as well!  
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OCTOBER (last ride for 2019):
Spooks & Spokes Halloween Ride
Sunday, October 27th at 2pm
Meeting Location:  Wintergarden Preserve
Dress up your bike and show up in costume for this family-friendly Halloween ride! Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes and dress up in bike friendly costumes! This ride will begin and end at Wintergarden Park.  Stops will feature local lore, treats, and some of Bowling Green’s most (allegedly) haunted locations.  Upon completion of the ride, we’ll return to Wintergarden Park for S’mores and a fire.
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Past Rides:
June 2018: Just Chillin’
July 2018: Home Slice
August 2018: Back to School
September 2018: Read & Roll Storybook Ride
October 2018: Spooks & Spokes (Cancelled due to weather)

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 sustainability@bgohio.org.

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 sustainability@bgohio.org.

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/.