Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month. National Bike Month has been acknowledged through Mayoral Proclamations in Columbia within recent years. There are many reasons to ride a bike - whether it is for work, school, to save money or time, to preserve your health or the environment, or to explore your community, there are many ways to participate in Bike Month in Columbia.
For those events sponsored by the City below (marked *), please note that it is the policy of the City of Columbia that all City- sponsored public meetings and events are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need assistance in participating in these events due to a disability as defined under the ADA, please call the City's ADA Coordinator at 803-545-3009 or email [email protected] at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation.
Bike Month Kickoff / Sprocket Launch Party
Wednesday, May 1, Cola Town Bike Collective, 711 Elmwood Avenue, 6pm
Check out the new Sprocket app for local biking routes for all skill levels!
Blue Bike Scavenger Hunt
All month long!
Visit bike share stations and scan codes to win prizes! Check out bluebikesc.com for more.
Tour de Taco
Sunday, May 5, Cycle Center, 1001 Harden Street, 5-7pm
Join this bike ride visiting local restaurants and celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Bike to Bus Week
May 6-10, The Comet
The Comet serves bike riders on all of its commuter buses. Ride your bike to a bus stop, and celebrate Bike to Bus Week. www.catchthecomet.org
Bike Month Proclamation*
Tuesday, May 7, Regular City Council Meeting, City Hall, 6pm
Be a part of the official kick off of Bike Month in Columbia! Attend a City Council meeting and show Council your support of Bike Month.
Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 8
Schools are encouraged to organize student commuter rides on May 8th. Check to see if your school is participating. www.saferoutestoschool.org
Ride The Comet for FREE
Friday, May 10, all Comet stops (if you ride your bike)
Any rider who uses the bus bike rack to transport his/her bike on the bus can board any Comet bus for free on Friday, May 10th. www.catchthecomet.org
Sunday, May 12, Outspokin' Bicycles - Irmo, 12:00-3:00pm
Celebrate Mother's Day and global women's bike day! Join this guided bike ride for female riders of all abilities.
Sunday, May 12, departing from the State House North Lawn (Gervais St. side) at 1pm
Join the Cola Town Bike Collective on a very casual ride from the Statehouse North Lawn to Spirit Communications Park to watch the Columbia Fireflies host the Rome Braves! Bike Month and Baseball should go hand in hand! The first 25 riders at the State House will receive a free ticket to the game!
Monday, May 13, Richland Library, Main Branch, Room 213, 4:30pm
Bike to Work Week
Bike commuters are encouraged to invite a neighbor or colleague to join in their ride. Learn more about this national celebration at www.bikeleague.org/bikemonth.
Wednesday, May 15, Hunter Gatherer at the Hangar, 1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd., 6:30pm
An organized ride where cyclists ride through the streets of Columbia in silence to memorialize those injured or killed on the roads of South Carolina. This is an easy ride in a large group with police support.
Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 17, 8:00 am, State House grounds (rides depart at 7:30am).
Organized commuter rides begin at various locations, and culminate with an organized group ride starting at the Capitol and ending at the Bank of America Plaza.
Guided rides will begin at the following locations at 7:30am:
Preservation Bike Ride*
May 19, Southwest Corner of Main & Washington (by the Clock), 9-11am
Join preservationists from the City of Columbia for a ride through time as we explore preservation, history, and planning in 1960s Columbia! The ride will be at an easy pace and will include several stops but may include hills and, although the tour will largely follow secondary roads, riders should be comfortable riding on streets open to vehicular traffic. The ride is free and open to the public but is limited to 15 participants with reservations required (please register via Eventbrite). Blue Bikes are available upon request. Please direct any questions to [email protected].
Bike, Bowl, Bocce, & Beer
Wednesday, May 22, The Grand, 6pm
Ride to the Main Street District and enjoy an evening of fellowship and fun at The Grand.
Mayor's Bike Ride
Wednesday, May 29, City Hall, 7pm
Join the Mayor & City staff to learn about recent and upcoming street designs and bike planning. The ride is a family-friendly two-mile guided tour of downtown.
Friday, May 31, departing from the State House North Lawn (Gervais St. side) at 6pm
Join the Cola Town Bike Collective on a very casual ride from the Statehouse North Lawn to Spirit Communications Park to watch the Columbia Fireflies host the August Green Jackets! Bike Month and Baseball should go hand in hand! The first 25 riders at the State House will receive a free ticket to the game!