Welcome to Bike Month - May 2014

After the last two years’ successes at taking the prize for best participation in Bike to Work Day, UD has expanded the 2014 bike month events. It's going to be tough to keep our first-place position in the Bike to Work day regional competition, but with your help, it can be done.

The 2014 UD Bike Month events include:

  • Monday, May 12 - Kick off Bike to Work Week with the FlyRide to Lincoln Park
  • Wednesday, May 14 - Cycling Carnivale - Meet the cycling community on campus and in the Miami Valley
  • Friday, May 16 - Ride to the Bike to Work Day Breakfast and help us win first place again
  • Wednesday, May 21 - Beyond the Trail: Bike Touring Basics - Learn what you need to know and bring to plan your next cycling adventure

The League of American Bicyclists is the national sponsor of Bike Month. There are more than 70 miles of bike trails in Montgomery County alone! Five Rivers MetroParks supports cycling in our area with numerous events and facilities. This year Bike to Work Week is May 12-16, and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16.

To register for any/all of these events, please fill out the following form: http://bit.ly/UD_Bike_2014.

Bike Events for Bike Month 2014

Monday, May 12 – THE FLYRIDE

(11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) – Join members of the UD community for a ride from UD to Kettering along the new bike paths. Arrive early at 11:15 a.m. outside the RecPlex for bike preparation tips. Pack a lunch to eat in Lincoln Park. Students, faculty and staff welcome. Free. Reserve a bike through Campus Recreation and register at http://bit.ly/UD_Bike_2014.

Wednesday, May 14 – CYCLING CARNIVALE

(11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Torch Lounge) – Meet the cycling community in the Miami Valley, gather trail maps, and learn about bike gear and equipment. Exhibitors include the UD Bike Committee, UD Bookstore, UD Sustainability, Bike Miami Valley, Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton Cycling Club and more. If preregistered for the Bike-to-Work ride, pick up your T-shirt. Contact Katy Kelly at x9-4274 or kkelly2@udayton.edu.

Friday, May 16 – BIKE TO WORK DAY

(7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) Join Team UD as we try to take top prize for the third year in a row for the most bicycling participants from a single workplace. Meet at RecPlex at 7 a.m. to bike with Team UD to the free regional pancake breakfast at RiverScape, or bike from home and meet the team downtown. Reserve a bike through Campus Recreation and register at http://bit.ly/UD_Bike_2014 to be entered for a prize of a free bike tune-up from Campus Recreation. Those who register in advance will receive a Bike Month T-shirt. Students, faculty and staff welcome.

Individuals participating in Bike to Work Day are eligible to participate in Five Rivers MetroParks Team Challenge and receive your portion of the glory of victory (as well as share in any awards we may receive). The team challenge details are now posted by FiveRivers MetroParks on their team challenge page. Check out what we could win!

You can ride directly to RiverScape MetroPark for this event, or you can meet us for the group ride from the University and back. If you are using a RecBike rental, please arrive in time to pick up and meet the group outside the RecPlex. We will meet at 7 a.m. depart campus for RiverScape at 7:15 a.m. sharp! After our free breakfast, the group will depart from RiverScape at 8:30 a.m. and ride back to campus as a group. REMINDER: Please sign in at one of the computer stations, under Team UD, when you arrive at RiverScape to help us win!

UD alumni and family members of those affiliated with UD are invited to join Team UD for the Dayton region's Bike to Work Day.
Participating in another city? Join Team UD virtually on social media by using the hashtag #TeamUD to share your posts and pictures. 

Wednesday, May 21 - BEYOND THE TRAIL: BIKE TOURING BASICS

(Noon to 1:00 p.m. in KU 310) Join avid cyclist and UD Health Center’s physician Mary Buchwalder for a brown bag lunch as she shares stories, pictures and tips on cycling and packing for single day to extended overnight trips by bike from around the Miami Valley to Hawaii. Learn what you need to know and bring to plan your next cycling adventure. Students, faculty and staff welcome.

Additional Information

All participants must wear bike helmets. Participating individuals must also complete a Campus Recreation Informed Voluntary Consent and General Release Agreement, which is available in the RecPlex or at the meeting location before each event. For additional information, please contact Hector Escobar at 937-229-5141 or escobar@udayton.edu.

Get ready to ride!