TMACOG Bike Month 2023
Bike on the Right. Stay in Sight.
May is Bike Month. Let's ride!
Bicycles are soaring in popularity, and families are eager to learn where and how they can ride safely. Most people in our region live within 10 miles of their job, and more roads now accommodate bikes with marked lanes or sidepaths. Give it a try and don’t forget to log in your ride.
During the month of May (and all year), TMACOG supports recreational bicycle riders and works to encourage the use of bikes for commuting and errands.
- Each May TMACOG coordinates Bike Month as a way of promoting the benefits of riding a bike both recreationally and as a mode of transportation. Not only does riding a bike provide healthy exercise, it has environmental and economic benefits, too.
- Although up to 40 percent of all trips people make are less than 2 miles, 82 percent of these short trips are taken in a car.
- Most people in our region live within 10 miles of their job, and more roads now accommodate bikes with marked lanes or sidepaths.
- Riding a bike either directly to work or to a bus stop to make that connection with public transit saves you money and reduces air pollution and congestion in our region.
- The next time the weather is right and you have some time, try leaving your car keys at home and hopping on your bike instead. You can download a bike map on TMACOG’s website to learn how to get where you want to go.
- TMACOG Bike Trail Challenge is something we do every May to get people out and active on our region’s trails and bike paths.
- You can earn prizes by filling out the Trail Challenge form on our website and marking each location you ride during the month of May.
- You’ll also find lots of other Bike Month resources on our website, including fun events happening during May! We encourage you to make the most of May, hop on your bike, get your heart pumping, and have some fun!
Are YOU up for the challenge?
Join us again this year for our TMACOG Bike Trail Challenge!
Click here for the 2023 TMACOG Bike Month Trail Challenge form.
Click here for an interactive map of all the region's trails.
Sign up for the Gohio Challenge!
Find a smarter commute. During the summer, people who use their bicycles and/or public transit for errands and exercise and log those miles will qualify for special prizes.
1. Sign up at Gohiocommute.com. (Just signing up gets you a reflective wrist band.)
2. Start logging your trips on the webpage. Every bike or bike/bus combo trip earns 2 points. (All TARTA buses have bus racks.)
3. Win prizes
• 10 points: drawstring bag
• 20 points: bike light
• 40 points: bike helmet or cooler
Ride your bike back and forth to work and you could earn 40 points in 10 working days! At the end of May & into the summer months, TMACOG will mail out your reward. Even after Bike Month is over, people can still earn points and prizes for any transportation that is less polluting: take the bus, walk, ride a bike and log those trips. Gohio Commute is your way to find a carpool partner or meet up with fellow walkers or bike riders. All prizes are while supplies last. There may be substitutions.
*We have a ton of biking related resources at our Walking and Biking page. Check it out
Ride of Silence
SAVE THE DATE! The 14th Annual Ride of Silence is gearing up!
Northwest Ohio Ride of Silence - Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Although the weather was not ideal, thank you to all who participated.
- Remembering and honoring those injured or killed on their bicycle and bring greater awareness to cyclists' right to use the roadway.
- This event will take place in Toledo, Bowling Green and Findlay.
- Learn more at wearetraffic.org.
Here are events happening in our region during Bike Month this year:
Bike Month Kickoff event – TBD
May 3rd – Bike to School Day
May 7th – Mountain Bike Skills Camp at Rudolph Bike Park 10am-11:30am
Every first Sunday of the month from May through September, take your bike-ability to the next level with instructors from The Right Direction Youth Development Program! Techniques will be broken down into manageable steps with challenges designed to build confidence and biking skill. A properly-fitting helmet and mountain bike are required. Designed for ages 7 through adult. Skills covered will be determined by participants at the program. Register at www.wcparks.org | Contact: Craig Spicer
May 15th - Bike Safety Fair Dig deeper
May 17th – Ride of Silence in Toledo and BG
May 19th – Bike to Work Day
May 20th – Bike to the Farmer’s Market Toledo
May 27th – Bike Month Celebration at Glass City Metropark
*Check back as this list continues to grow! Have your bike checked out while you're waiting.
A Look Back:
Muddy Takes a Bike Ride (May, 2018)
Watch Muddy celebrate Bike Month (Pre-Pandemic) in the video below. Thank you Mud Hens, TARTA, ProMedica, Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo, Toledo Bikes!, and Mayor Kapszukiewicz.