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  • Thu April 23 2015
  • Posted Apr 23, 2015

Food, fun, and special events highlight Johnson County Bike to Work Week 2015

Whether you're an old hand at two wheels or are looking to join a community of joyful cyclists, there's something for everyone during Bike to Work Week 2015, celebrated from May 3-8.


According to national studies, 40 percent of errands are 2 miles or less: of these, 68 percent are by car. This means that Americans make 10 trips a week of 2 miles or less by car. Taking just a few of those car trips each week by bike, bus, or on foot will improve health, cut down on fossil fuel use and pollution, and improve the quality of life for everyone.


Think Bicycles of Johnson County, the governments of Coralville, Iowa City, and University Heights, and Johnson County, local businesses, and organizations are hosting a series of meals, rides, and events to celebrate and encourage residents to park their cars and enjoy our towns on two wheels.

New this year is a photo scavenger hunt. Cyclists will be encouraged to share their photos from a list posted at thinkbicycles.org/bike-to-work-week and post them on Facebook with a link to Think Bicycles’ page.

Here’s the schedule for the Iowa City-Coralville-University Heights Bike to Work Week 2015.


Sunday, May 3

Family Ride—No rider left behind!

10 am, City Park start

Sponsored by the MPO of Johnson County, City of Iowa City and Uiowa Bike Friends

Start at Riverside Shakespeare Theatre in Lower City Park, ride south along Riverside Drive, and meet additional riders at the Johnson County Administration Parking lot by 10:30 am. Then it is on to Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. This is an 8 mile round trip—10 miles if you ride around Sand Lake. The County Building start is 4 miles round trip; 6 miles around the lake. Riders will cross at controlled intersections at Burlington and Benton streets, but are otherwise on trails and wide sidewalks. Children must be accompanied by an adult and everyone must wear a helmet.


Monday, May 4

7-10 am, Commuter Breakfast, sponsored by 30th Century Bike, 312 E. Prentiss St.

Bus/Bike/Car Race, meet at11:15 am at Coralville Public Library, Participants Jim Throgmorton, City of Iowa City; Tom Gill, City of Coralville; and Virginia Miller, City of University Heights, drive, bus, and ride in a race to the Iowa City Public Library.

Wheely Fun Bike Basics,6-7:30 pm, Iowa City Public Library, Room A, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and Iowa City Bike Library

Full Moon Group Ride, 7:30 pm start, Iowa City Public Library


Tuesday, May 5

Commuter Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 am, RIDE Iowa City, 630 Iowa Ave.,


Wednesday, May 6—Bike to Schools Day

Commuter Breakfast, 6:30-8:30 am, University Heights City Hall, 1004 Melrose Ave., sponsored by City of University Heights and Geoff’s Bike and Ski

Old Pi to New Pi Family Ride, 5:30 pm start Chauncey Swan Park, Washington St., Ride together to Coralville New Pi Co-op. At 6:30, prizes will be awarded for Wackiest Bike and Bicyclist.


Thursday, May 7

Commuter Breakfast, 7-9 am, Johnson County Administration Building, 913 S. Dubuque St. Sponsored by Johnson County.

Books and Bikes Brown Bag, Bike on over, bring your lunch, and chat about books to take biking, to maintain your bike, bicycling authors, and more. Noon-1 pm, Iowa City Public Library, Room A. Sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library.


Friday, May 8

Commuter Breakfast, 7-9 am, World of Bikes, 723 S. Gilbert St. Sponsored by World of Bikes

End-of-Week Party 5-8 pm, Iowa City Bike Library, 840 S. Capitol St (east parking lot). Sponsored by Iowa City Bike Library and Think Bicycles.


Perks for cyclists during Bike to Work Week

· Devotay, 117 N. Linn St. 10% off for cycling diners who show a helmet and bike

· Broken Spoke, 602 S. Dubuque St., 15% discount on bike commuter gear

· World of Bikes, 723 S. Gilbert St., 10% off parts, accessories, or clothing when you ride in

· Free rides on Iowa City and Coralville Transit for riders with a bicycle

· Beadology, 220 E. Washington St., Show your helmet for 15 percent discount on purchases.

For more information about events during Bike to Work Week 2015, visit www.thinkbicycles.org/bike-to-work-week/.


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