Johnson County’s annual Bike to Work Week, which encourages bicycle riding as an alternative mode of transportation as well as for exercise and recreation, is scheduled May 15-21. A variety of events and activities that celebrate bikes and bicyclists have been announced. Coralville, Iowa City, Johnson County, North Liberty, and University Heights, along with local businesses and organizations, are hosting the following events to encourage residents to park their cars and take in the town on two wheels:
Sunday, May 15
- Mayor’s Family Ride with Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton: Ride with friends and family at a gentle, no-rider-left-behind pace. Meet at 3 p.m. in front of City Park Pool at Upper City Park, 200 E. Park Road, Iowa City.
Monday, May 16
- Bike Commuter Breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., sponsored by Thirtieth Century Bicycle, 312 E. Prentiss Street.
- Bike/Bus/Car Race, 11:30 a.m. start time at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street. This annual event pits local elected officials against each other in a race involving a bike, bus, and car. The race begins at the Coralville Public Library and ends at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street. Racers in the 2016 contest are North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen (on the bus), Johnson County Board of Supervisors Chair Rod Sullivan (in his car), and Iowa City City Councilor Rockne Cole (on his bike). Sponsored by the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County. For more information, contact Sarah Walz at 319-356-5239.
- Wheely Fun Bike Basics, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street. Learn what you need to know to keep your bike in proper running order so that you can stay on the road! Sponsored by the Iowa City Bike Library.
Tuesday, May 17
- Bike Commuter Breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m., Johnson County Administration Building, 913 S Dubuque Street, Iowa City. Rain location will be at the parking ramp north of the Health and Human Services Building, 855 S. Dubuque Street. Sponsored by Johnson County Administration.
- Legal Cycling presentation, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, presented by Bikelaw’s Jim Freeman.
Wednesday, May 18
- Bike Commuter Breakfast, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., University Heights City Office, 1004 Melrose Avenue. Sponsored by the City of University Heights and Geoff’s Bike and Ski.
- Lunch with Local Burrito, noon to 1 p.m., sponsored by The Broken Spoke, 757 S. Gilbert Street.
- Co-op to Co-op Family Ride, 5:30 p.m. Meet at Chauncey Swan Park, 405 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, for this annual ride, sponsored by New Pioneer Co-op. The ride starts near the Iowa City store and ends at the Coralville store, where fun and refreshments await! Rain date for this event is Thursday, May 19.
Thursday, May 19
- Lunch with Griddle Me This! Noon to 1 p.m. at The Broken Spoke, 757 S. Gilbert Street.
Friday, May 20
- Commuter Breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m. at World of Bikes, 723 S. Gilbert Street.
- End of Week Party, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Iowa City Bike Library, 700 S. Dubuque Street. New this year: Portrait with Your Bike, courtesy of photographer Mauro Heck.
- Full Moon Ride, 7:30 p.m., hosted by Kasey Bullerman. Leave from the Bike Library at 700 S. Dubuque Street in Iowa City.
Saturday, May 21
- Temporary Bike Boulevard, 8 a.m. to noon. Four University of Iowa graduate students, in partnership with the City of Iowa City and volunteers from the University of Iowa’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, will create a pop-up Bike Boulevard on College Street in Iowa City (from City High at 1900 Morningside Drive to the Farmers Market at Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 460 E. Washington Street) on Saturday, May 21. Bicyclists of all levels can experience the full potential of bike-friendly roadways with a separated bike lane between Muscatine Avenue and Summit Street and other bicycle accomodations along the way. The Bike Boulevard will also allow bicyclists to practice their road-sharing skills and learn the rules of cooperative transportation to show respect for all road users and ensure safe travel. More information available at www.facebook.com/iowacitybikeboulevard/.
- Farmers Market coupons: As an added incentive for riding your bike to the Farmers Market, pick up a $2 discount coupon to use with any vendor as part of the Move Naturally to the Market program. The same deal applies every Saturday from here on out in May.
Saturday, May 28
- Tour de Farm, 1 to 4 p.m. This riding tour of the historic Lucas Farms neighborhood actually occurs after the conclusion of Bike Week, but it’s a good opportunity to get in a good ride while learning more about one of Iowa City’s most charming and eclectic neighborhoods. Ride starts and ends at 1609 DeForest Avenue in Iowa City.