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Bike Month 2013
The City of Manhattan's Mayor officially proclaimed May 2013 as MHK's Bike Month. The public is encouraged to come to the Bike Month Proclamation on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. The proclamation will be during the City Commission meeting at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue. 

As part of bike month, we have organized a variety of family-friendly events for riders of all levels. You can find a description of each event below. All events are free unless otherwise listed. 

If you have any questions, contact Joey Lightner.

Commuter's Challenge
Last year, MS Biotec ran (or rather, "biked") away with the Commuter Challenge championship. This group of individuals commuted by bike from Manhattan to Wamego and back for a total of 93.75 miles per employee. MS Biotec was awarded a party sponsored by Tallgrass Brewery and the recognition of being one of the fittest businesses in the surrounding area.

Can your organization beat them? We are inviting all businesses, university department and other organizations to rise to the challenge from May 6 - May 10 to see who can bike and/or walk the most. 

Prizes and recognition will be awarded to the winners of three categories:
  1. the organization with the most miles logged per employee
  2. the organization with the highest percentage of participants
  3. the individuals with the most miles logged

Winners will be announced at the end of the month Bike Month Celebration (more details below). 

Participants can sign up at bikemanhattan.info under 2013 Commuter Challenge.

Bike to Work with Varsity Donuts
Every Monday during the month of May, from 6-9 am, you can receive a free drink with the purchase of a donut for biking to work and/or school. Since we encourage safe riding practices, you must present your helmet to be eligible

Bicycle Progressive Dinner
This year's progressive dinner will be on Thursday, May 16 at 6 pm. We will meet at La Hacienda to enjoy some delicious chips, salsa and guacamole. Next, we will bike to AJ's Pizzeria (downtown) for some pizza. Afterward we will head to the final location, City Park (Poyntz Shelter), for some sweet treats from Never Better Bakery and Hazel Hill Chocolate. It's sure to be a great time! 

Riders are encouraged to take Linear Trail to La Hacienda. If you are unsure about where the best place to get on/off of Linear Trail is, or are interested in riding to the first location with other people, email Joey Lightner

Designed for riders of all levels and safe for children. 

Bike and Brunch
On Sunday, May 12 at 10:30 am, meet in front of Big Poppi's to take part in one of their regular rides: bike and brunch. It will consist of an easy-paced ride, followed by a brunch at a local business. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own food.

Designed for riders of all levels and safe for children.

Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
The Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting will be held in the City Commission Room, City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue on Tuesday, May 21 at 3:30 pm. This is a meeting that occurs every month. Everyone is encouraged to come and discuss various bike and pedestrian initiatives within the city.

Mayor's Ride
The Mayor's Ride will take place on Saturday, May 25 at 10 am. Participants will meet at the Rose Garden in City Park. Individuals will then accompany Mayor Matta and City Commissioners for an easy-paced, leisurely ride around Manhattan. Light refreshments from Varsity Donuts will be served afterward. 

Designed for riders of all levels and safe for children.

Purple Pedal Power
Attention ladies! This ride is for you! There will be two rides held on Thursday, May 30-- one at 9:30 am and one at 1:30 pm. Participants can choose the time of their ride, as well as the length of their ride (6, 12, or 16 miles). The ride will begin and end at Highway 24/Blue River trail head of Linear Trail. There will be free massages and snacks afterward, as well as prizes.

In order to help us prepare and plan accordingly, please pre-register at www.riley.ksu.edu or call Riley County Extension at 785-537-6350. If you don't have time to pre-register, don't worry, just show up! We'd still love to have you!

Designed for riders of all levels.

Bike Month Celebration
Bikers Unite! On Friday, May 31 at 6:30 pm we will be holding a bike month party for anyone who loves to ride! The celebration will be at Radina's on the Hill (Claflin) and will feature food from Radina's and beer from Tallgrass Brewery. It's going to be a great evening with the wonderful bicycling community in MHK.

Winners of the Commuter Challenge will be announced and prizes will be distributed, so you won't want to miss it! 

Reasons to Commute to Work / School by Bike
  • Staying in better health decreases your chance of getting sick
  • Bicycle commuting allows you to include your workout in your daily schedule and helps to meet fitness goals
  • Increase energy throughout the day
  • Improved health and happiness
  • Increase your awareness of the link between the environment and your community
  • Reduce car maintenance, gas bills, and parking costs

Resources
Check out the following resources for helpful information: