BGI Advocacy Update - It's Spring! Lots of Rides, Events and Ways to get involved

By: Monday, April 21, 2014

1. Pacers Bikeshare events - Tuesday April 22nd (www.pacersbikeshare.org)

  • 10 am Ribbon Cutting @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • 4:30-6:30 pm Launch Celebration at City Market (West Plaza)

2. BGI Rides (details at www.bgindy.com/for/bgirides)

  • BGI South Rest & Recovery Rides have started - they are on Mondays at 6 pm and are led by Jamie Waikel and Lisa Searles
  • BGI North - Chicks Ride starts May 7, 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm - led by Connie Schmucker
  • BGI North - Evening Cruise Ride starts May 1, Thursdays @ 6:30 pm - led by Connie Schmucker

3. SPIN 2014 - Indiana Bike Summit is happening next week April 24-26 in Bloomington, IN. More info at www.bicycleindiana.org

4. Bike Month (May) is just 2 weeks away. In conjunction with Bike Month:

  • CycloFemme Indy Kick-Off Party on Monday May 5 and CycloFemme Indy Ride on Sunday May 11 (www.facebook.com/womenbikeindy)
  • Bike to Work Day on Friday May 16
  • May 1 marks the beginning of the National Bike Challenge (www.nationalbikechallenge.org) and the local M4 (Mayor's Million Mile Month) Challenge - something all BGI employees and customers can participate in! (more on this later)
  • HMBA is hosting IMBA at Southwestway Park for a trail building class and work day on Saturday May 17 (www.hmba.org)

5. May BGI Clinics (www.bgindy.com/for/clinics)

  • Fixing Flat Tires
  • Urban Cycling Tips
  • Featured Clinic: Traveling with Your Bike

New this year - clinic attendees get a coupon for purchases the night of the clinic and opportunity to earn $10 GC with Learn & Earn card by attending 4 clinics.

6. HMBA (Hoosier Mountain Bike Association) is up for a $33K grant from Bell Sports - voting is from April 21 - May 4. More info at http://blog.bgindy.com/blog/the-bgi-buzz/your-vote-could-help-hmba-build-the-hobbs-hollow-trail They just missed getting this grant last year. 

7. Spring Bike Counts - Volunteers Needed! Wed. May 7, 5-7 pm and Sat. May 10, 12 noon - 2 pm - to volunteer, contact Joan Cook, Health by Design, at jcook@marionhealth.org if you are interested in participating.  For more information, you can contact her at 317-250-3475. Please indicate what day you would like to count and if you have participated before.  

Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy

Indianapolis & Greenwood

 

Mayor's Million Mile Month Challenge

By: Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sign up NOW to participate in the National Bike Challenge (www.nationalbikechallenge.org) and you’ll automatically be entered into any local challenges in your area, including the M4 Challenge (Mayor’s Million Mile Month Challenge) – details on the local challenge will be posted on the National Bike Challenge website soon, but the basics are we’re looking for 5000 Indy-area residents to participate in the National Bike Challenge this year with the goal of reaching 1 million miles in the month of May..

National Bike Challenge - newly designed for 2014!

  • 4 ways to enter your rides: manual entry on the website, or synch with Endomondo, Map My Ride or Moves online apps.
  • More ways to be engaged: You can join your workplace, join or create a team, join or create a league, and you’ll automatically be entered into rankings for city, state and any local challenge in your area. New ranking categories include Schools (students, faculty and staff of elementary through college), and Bike Shops / Dealers.
  • Expanded comment and message areas on the site
  • Eligible for great prizes throughout the 5 month challenge and those who attain Gold level or higher will have a chance to win a Trek Travel trip or a bike!
  • The National Bike Challenge goal is 30,000,000 miles and 50,000 participants. The Mayor’s Million Mile Month Challenge goal is 1,000,000 miles and 5000 participants.

How do you earn points? You accumulate points by riding your bike outside and frequency of riding is rewarded. You earn 20 points for every day you ride, 1 point for every mile you ride. All outside miles and types of rides count (recreation, commuting, trail riding, mountain biking, etc.) Example: a 5 mile ride would earn 25 points (20 points for riding, 5 points for the 5 miles). 

IndyCog and the City of Indianapolis will use the National Bike Challenge for two local initiatives:

  • M4 (Mayor’s Million Mile Month) Challenge in May
  • Indianapolis Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 16

Start getting your workplace involved, joining and forming teams and logging your miles. 

You can start entering your rides now – the National Bike Challenge officially starts May 1 and ends September 30, 2014. Sign up is easy at www.nationalbikechallenge.org

Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy

Indianapolis & Greenwood

 

 

Bikeshare is nearly here! Opening Day Events on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

By: Saturday, April 19, 2014

 
Pacers Bikeshare Ribbon Cutting
10 am @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse

 

Pacers Bikeshare Official Launch Celebration

4:30-6:30 pm @ City Market (West Plaza)

On April 22nd Pacers Bikeshare will be available to start riding around downtown Indy. We’re excited about this new bicycling opportunity for Indianapolis. Bikeshare is great for short trips downtown (like going for a short ride to lunch and back).

For bike commuters who work in downtown Indy, bikeshare is a winning combination when paired with the Indy Bike Hub YMCA. With a bikeshare station right outside the Indy Bike Hub YMCA, bike commuters can bike to the bike hub, shower, change cl

othes, securely park their commuting bike and then use bikeshare to get to their final destination.

Exploring Indy on two wheels is a great way to experience the city up close. Bikeshare systems are designed for short trips. For longer bike trips, we encourage the use of our rental bike fleet at BGI Downtown: www.bgindy.com/for/hubrentals (online reservations available).

For more information about the Pacers Bikeshare program in downtown Indianapolis, visit www.pacersbikeshare.org  For more information about the Indy Bike Hub YMCA visit www.indybikehub.org  

Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy

Indianapolis & Greenwood

 

Time for Spring Bicycle Counts! Volunteers Needed!

By: Friday, April 18, 2014

Counts will be done on Wednesday May 7 & Saturday May 10

Data is essential to planners, city officials and bike and pedestrian professionals in improving the infrastructure and network for those who choose to bike and walk. These counts help build long term support for biking and walking. Without consistent data collection, it is difficult to measure the usage and demand for bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure. Your support is essential in collecting these usage numbers. These manual counts are an important way to track the level of bicycling and walking in our city over time. 

This spring the counts will take place on Wednesday May 7th from 5-7pm and Saturday May 10th from Noon to 2pm. The rain date this year will be Thursday May 8th from 5-7pm. All volunteers will receive a 20% off coupon from Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI). When you turn in your count form, you will be registered in a drawing for a $25 gift card to your choice of BGI for all you bicyclists or Finish Line for the walkers out there. If you volunteer for both days, you will be registered twice.

Email Joan Cook, Health by Design, at jcook@marionhealth.org if you are interested in participating.  For more information, you can contact her at 317-250-3475. Please indicate what day you would like to count and if you have participated before.  For any new counters, this is fun and easy and you can easily be trained over the phone or by the materials we can send you via email.  If you want a particular spot or side of town, let Joan know and she will do her best to accommodate.

Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy

Indianapolis & Greenwood

 

CycloFemme Indy Kick-off Party and Ride

By: Friday, April 18, 2014

CycloFemme Indy Info Party

Monday May 5 @ 5:30-7 pm

The Athenaeum, 407 E. Michigan Ave., Indianapolis

Join us for a short happy hour celebrating the upcoming CycloFemme ride. Learn more about the ride and meet some new faces, while enjoying tasty food and drinks!

 

 

CycloFemme Indy Ride

Sunday, May 11 - Departs @ 3 pm

Indy Bike Hub YMCA, 242 E. Market St., Indianapolis

Details and RSVP at www.facebook.com/womenbikeindy

Join dozens of women on Mother’s Day to bike and explore downtown Indianapolis on the CycloFemme Indy Ride. Women Bike Indy has planned this local event in conjunction with CycloFemme rides around the world. Women Bike Indy is a new initiative to encourage and empower more women to ride, connect female cyclists and facilitate women's biking events.

CycloFemme Indy Ladies Ride is free and open to the public. The ride will depart at 3 pm from the Indy Bike Hub YMCA. Participants are advised to arrive by 2:30 pm to sign-in. Two route lengths will be available. After the ride, we'll return to City Market for a celebration!

What is CycloFemme? CycloFemme is a socially-driven grass-roots celebration of women on bikes. We are of a growing community, for a growing community, and 100% volunteer-based.

CycloFemme’s annual Mother’s Day ride unites riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference to share in the joy of cycling. Year round, the CycloFemme global community inspires and empowers other women, by making their passion public and the joy in cycling contagious. In the first year, 163 rides were registered in 14 countries with many others joining in to celebrate in their own special way. In the second year, the movement grew to 229 rides in 31 countries. Ride with us as we Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Empower the Future of Women in Cycling. More information about CycloFemme: www.CycloFemme.com

 

Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy

Indianapolis & Greenwood

Your Bicycle: Riding on the Monon by Julie McKowen

By: Friday, April 18, 2014

My name is Julie and I got my Giant bike from Bicycle Garage Indy at your sale in March of 2013. I haven't biked since high school, but I love the outdoors and staying fit. I'm a runner and run mini-marathons, but I love the energy I get from riding! I love exploring the Monon Trail and everything the trails has to offer.

Name: Julie McKowen
Bicycle: Giant
City: Zionsville
State: IN

 

Thanks Julie:  We do hear a lot about the fun people have on the Monon Trail and the other area resources. Thanks from everyone at Bicycle Garage Indy for sharing Your Bicycle picture and story.

 

Share Your Bicycle Picture and Story with the friends, fans, and customers of Bicycle Garage Indy.
Details at http://www.bgindy.com/for/yourbicycle

 

- Jay S. Hardcastle, Marketing Manager for Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness

Your vote could help HMBA build the Hobbs Hollow Trail

By: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bell Helmets is giving away $33,000 to one of four finalist in the Midwest!  And the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA.org) needs your help to bring that cash to Brown County State Park.  

The HMBA and its many volunteers need your support for the Hobbs Hollow trail.Your vote can help Brown County win a $33,000 grant from Bell Helmet for work on the Hobbs Hollow Trail in Brown County State Park.  This brand new 3-mile segment of trail will be jam-packed with bermed turns, step-ups, rock drops, and tabletop jumps along its a 2-mile descent with 360 feet of vertical drop, more than any other trail in the state.  

If this sounds familiar, the Hobbs Hollow trail was a finalist in last year's contest, but was second in the voting. We know a lot of you supported this effort last, and they are asking for your support again.

You can find additional information on the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA.org) website.

Please be sure vote at www.bellhelmets.com/BELLBUILT from April 21 to May 4, 2014, and help us spread the word!

Bicycle Garage Indy is proud to be sponsor of many HMBA events every year!

Your Bicycle: Riding in Eagle Creek by Bryan Brackemyre

By: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I purchased my Trek from Bicycle Garage Indy in the summer of 2013 after I moved to the Lake Clearwater area. Even though I've had the bike for such a short time, it's seen trails from Florida to Michigan. This picture is from a ride I took with my girlfriend in Eagle Creek Park.

Name: Bryan Brackemyre
Bicycle: Trek 7.3 FX
City: Indianapolis
State: IN

Bryan: Glad to hear that you and your bike is getting around so much! Thanks from everyone at Bicycle Garage Indy for sharing Your Bicycle picture and story.

 

Share Your Bicycle Picture and Story with the friends, fans, and customers of Bicycle Garage Indy.
Details at http://www.bgindy.com/for/yourbicycle
 

- Jay S. Hardcastle, Marketing Manager for Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness

Bike 101 Lakes, Angola, Indiana

By: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Event Name:  Bike 101 Lakes, Angola, Indiana

Date & Time: 8am, Saturday, April 10, 2014

Location: Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber, 2535 N. 200 West, Angola, IN 46703

Website: http://www.bike101lakes.com/

About this Event: The Steuben County Community Foundation invites you to participate in Bike 101 Lakes on May 10, 2014.  Registration begins at 8:00am and the ride will start at 9am. Distances of 3, 11, 37, 64 and 112 miles. Proceeds from this ride go to the Arts & Humanity Fund of the Steuben County Community Foundation.

 

Bicycle Garage Indy's Upcoming Events blog lists events of interest to our friends, fans and customers.  For information on listing your your event, use this form on bgindy.com.

 

For more Bicycle Garage Indy In-Store and Sponsored events, watch the Bicycle Garage Indy Calendar: www.bgindy.com/for/calendar.

 

 

22nd Annual B&O Bicycle Tour, Brownsburg, Indiana

By: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Event Name:  22nd Annual B&O Bicycle Tour

Date & Time: 7am, Saturday, June 7 2014

Location: Williams Park, 940 South Locust Lane, Brownsburg, Indiana

Website: http://www.botrail.org/

About this Event: Mark your calendar for National Trails Day, June 7, 2014 and our 22nd Annual B&O Bicycle Tour sponsored by Hendricks Regional Health! Join us for something special this year. Choose from four ride lengths, 10-25-45 or 62 miles. Enjoy homemade refreshments at rest stops along the way with a BBQ lunch and live music at the finish.

 

Bicycle Garage Indy's Upcoming Events blog lists events of interest to our friends, fans and customers.  For information on listing your your event, use this form on bgindy.com.

 

For more Bicycle Garage Indy In-Store and Sponsored events, watch the Bicycle Garage Indy Calendar: www.bgindy.com/for/calendar.

 

 

New Program to Help Central Indiana Bicyclists Recover Stolen Bicycles

By: Monday, April 7, 2014

Advocacy News from our friends at IndyCog:

Indy Bike Registry

New Program To Help Central Indiana Cyclists Recover Stolen Bicycles

Few things are as frustrating as having your bike stolen. But if it does happen, an Indianapolis bicycle advocacy group wants to help you get it back.

IndyCog recently introduced the Indy Bike Register (link http://indycog.org/stolenbikes). This new page on IndyCog’s site allows users to register their bike through BikeIndex.org, report their stolen bike, sync the listing with the national stolen bike registry at StolenBikeRegistry.com and automatically post the listing to Twitter at @stolenbikesindy. (Be sure to follow it.) It also provides a method for used-bike purchasers to check local and national databases to ensure the offered bicycle isn’t stolen.

"We see the Indy Bike Register linking together local cyclists, bike dealers, pawn shops and law enforcement agencies,” said IndyCog Executive Director Kevin Whited. “Together, we can mitigate thefts and improve the return rate of stolen bikes here in Central Indiana.” At various cycling events throughout the year, IndyCog will help riders register their bikes before they get stolen. Riders can also register their bikes themselves by locating the serial number, typically located beneath the bicycle’s crank, and entering the information at the Indy Bike Register on IndyCog’s website (www.indycog.org).

Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness

Indianapolis & Greenwood

 

Bicycle Garage Indy & BGI Fitness Newsletter for April 4

By: Monday, April 7, 2014

If you do not receive the Bicycle Garage Indy email newsletter, you can read latest one here www.bgindy.com/for/newsletter:

Here are some of the useful items from the latest edition:

The latest Bicycle Garage Indy newsletter

 
If you would like to receive the Bicycle Garage Indy newsletter (sent out about twice a month, year round), click here to sign-up. Our newsletter keeps you up-to-date on in-store events, clinics and sales, along with the local bicycle scene.


Bicycle Garage Indy has three locations to serve you; Bicycle Garage Indy North (Indianapolis, Dean Road at 82nd St.),  South (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd, Greenwood), and BGI Downtown, in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA.


 

- Jay S. Hardcastle, BGI Marketing Manager 
 

The 2014 Bicycle Indiana Resource Guide is now available

By: Monday, April 7, 2014

The Bicycle Indiana Resource Guide (aka Indiana Ride Calendar) is filled with information about bicycle events and bicycling in Indiana. Bicycle Indiana (B.I.) is Indiana's leading bicycling advocacy organization and has prepared the guide for 20+ years. Pick up your copy (no-charge) of the Bicycle Indiana Resource Guide at any Bicycle Garage Indy location and start planning your spring, summer and fall bicycling adventures.

 

Bicycle Garage Indy has three locations to serve you; Bicycle Garage Indy North (Indianapolis, Dean Road at 82nd St.),  Greenwood (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd, Greenwood), and Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown, in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA.

 

- Jay S. Hardcastle, BGI Marketing Manager 
 

Share Your Bicycle Picture and Story and we will send you a $25 Gift Card

By: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Get a $25 Bicycle Garage Indy gift card just for sharing a picture and a few words about yourself and your bike. You pick the topic: unforgettable rides, new equipment, or something about the importance of bicycling in your life. 

Bicycle Garage Indy has been sharing Your Bicycle pictures and stories here for over three years.  In the hundreds of stories that follow, we have heard about your first bikes and first rides, and about new bikes and epic rides. 

Among our favorites are the inspirational stories like Emilie Moore's Boot Camp Buddies, Thom Coleman's My Brand New Life and Victoria Williams' My Lifestyle Change. They are just a few of the people who have shared their stories about how bicycling changed their lives and health for the better.

As the 2014 riding season gets into full swing, we look forward to hearing about your latest fun with Your Bicycle.   You can share Your Bicycle picture and story from our website at www.bgindy.com/for/yourbicycle, by emailing a picture from your smart phone to yourbicycle@bgindy.com, or from the Your Bicycle Tab on the Bicycle Garage Indy Facebook page.

And after we publish Your Bicycle picture and story, Bicycle Garage Indy will send you a $25 gift card.  It’s our way of saying thanks for being a friend and fan of Bicycle Garage Indy, and to help you with your next bicycle adventure.

- Jay S. Hardcastle, Marketing Manager for Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness

IndyCog Bike to Ball Park 2014

By: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Event Name:  4th Annual - Bike to the Ballpark

Date & Time: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4pm

Location: Sun King Brewery South Lot

Website: https://indycog.org/events/2014-bike-to-the-ball

About this Event: On Thursday, April 10th, Sun King Brewing Company and INDYCOG are teaming up to host the 4th annual Bike to the Ballpark to kick off the Indianapolis Indians' baseball season.

While there is no fee for this event, you must register/sign the online release. Take advantage of the online form and avoid the lines at the door!

We still need volunteers to staff the valet bicycle parking. The first six volunteers to sign up get a free ticket to the game.

 

Bicycle Garage Indy's Upcoming Events blog lists events of interest to our friends, fans and customers.  For information on listing your your event, use this form on bgindy.com.

 

For more Bicycle Garage Indy In-Store and Sponsored events, watch the Bicycle Garage Indy Calendar: www.bgindy.com/for/calendar.

 

 

Start Pedaling Indiana - spIN 2014 Indiana Bike Summit

By: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Event Name:  Start Pedaling Indiana - spIN 2014 Indiana Bike Summit - Bicycle Indiana

Date & Time: Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, April 26, 2014

Location: Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Avenue - Bloomington, IN.

Website: http://bicycleindiana.org/summit.php

About this Event: spIN 2014 will be held April 24-26 at the Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center in Bloomington, IN. In addition to the summit speakers and presentations, guests will have the option to attend the Women's and Men's Little 500 racing events! 

 

Bicycle Garage Indy's Upcoming Events blog lists events of interest to our friends, fans and customers.  For information on listing your your event, use this form on bgindy.com.

 

For more Bicycle Garage Indy In-Store and Sponsored events, watch the Bicycle Garage Indy Calendar: www.bgindy.com/for/calendar.

 

 

Tips for your first rides of spring

By: Sunday, March 30, 2014

After one of the hardest, longest Indiana winters in a long time, it looks like the Spring riding season is finally ready to get started.  We are sure to have a set back  (or two), but April is when we can at least hope to ride every weekend.  So here are some tips to make your spring coming-Volunteer Dolly Craft organized CIBA's First Ride of Spring.out trouble free and fun.

Where Is Everything?  Give yourself a few extra minutes to get organized and find your biking gear.  It has been patiently waiting all winter, but gloves, glasses, shoes and jackets may not all be in the same spots you were leaving them when you were riding regularly.

Pre-Flight Your Bike:   The League of American Bicyclist’s ABC Quick Check is a great “pre-flight” check for your bike, especially if it has been hanging in the garage all winter.  If you are driving to a ride start, check your bike before you load the car; more than one rider has found out the hard way that their last ride of the fall ended with a flat tire.

Your Road Skills Are Rusty:  Whatever your fitness regimen, if you have not been on the road, your cycling skills will need some refreshing.  It may take a ride or two to reacclimatize to road and group riding.  Please give everyone some extra room, and remember to communicate and watch the road and riders around you.

Pace Yourself at Your Pace: Along with road skills, April is when couch potatoes and winter long “pain-cave” riders end up mixed together.  So not only are group skills rusty, many riders may be in their “red-zone” while hanging on to strong riders and groups.   While challenging yourself is part of training, if you can’t pass the “talk test” – speak a complete sentence or hold a conversation, you may be riding at pace you will not be able to maintain for the entire ride.

Rough Roads Ahead:  The roads in town and on our favorite county roads have taken a terrible beating, resulting in countless chuck holes and lane-wide sections of broken and crumpled pavement.  Stay heads up and ready for unexpected hazards.  And the left-over sand, grit and broken pavement is very hard on bikes tires, especially if they have already been ridden for a season or two.  And by the way, if you ride in the US 31 corridor in Hamilton County, there are already a lot of new traffic patterns, stop signs, and traffic lights on many nearby roads, with more changes ahead with the start of the cone-zone season.

I hope these tips help you enjoy your first ride of the season.  It has been a long winter, and we all deserve some fun!

Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan - Public Comment Period ends 4/4/14

By: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan Released for Public Comment

Indy Parks and the Department of Public Works have released the draft Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan for public review and comment.  The master plan is the result of a year-long planning process that included extensive public engagement and input.  It outlines the long-term, comprehensive vision for trail and greenway development in the City. The public is invited to review the draft document and provide comments.  The public review period runs from March 10- April 4, 2014.  

You can view digital copies of the plan at www.indy.gov/greenways Links to PDF files of each chapter and the appendices are provided for review.  Please forward all comments to greenways@TSWDesignGroup.com.

You can also view a printed version at the Indy Parks’ office on the 23rd floor of the City County Building, 200 East Washington Street in Indianapolis during normal business hours.  Comment forms are provided with the review copy and should be turned in at the Indy Parks’ office.

The public review and comment period ends April 4, 2014.

GREENWAYS EXHIBIT OPENS AT THE HALL Monday, March 24, 2014

Want a chance to view the Full Circle Plan and all of its routes? A new exhibit of the plan is open at the “The Hall” in the old City Hall building at 202 N. Alabama Street in downtown Indianapolis. The exhibit explains the overall plan, the routes, and many of its components.

Ways to view the plan:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness

Indianapolis / Greenwood

 

Indianapolis Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council (IMBAC)

By: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Every month there are about 30 people who meet to work on making Indianapolis more bicycle friendly by serving on the Indianapolis Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council (IMBAC). I'm currently the Chair of IMBAC and Joan Cook is Secretary. 

The Indianapolis Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council (IMBAC) serves in an advisory capacity to local government on projects, policies and issues related to bicycle recreation, transportation and safety in Indianapolis. The Council works to support the efforts of the City of Indianapolis to provide a safe and connected bicycling environment.

IMBAC reviews and make recommendations on planning, design, and development of projects prepared by developers, city departments, and consultants affecting the use of bicycles. There are foru Standing Committees, based on the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Community program: Education/Encouragement, Equity/Evaluation, Engineering and Enforcement. 

Want to learn more? IMBAC meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 3-4:30 pm in The Hall (Old City Hall) at 202 N. Alabama, Indianapolis. Meetings are open to the public. 

Description and Structure of IMBAC

2014 IMBAC Work Plan

For more about IMBAC including meeting agendas and minutes, upcoming public meetings on bike projects, information about upcoming construction projects, visit: 

http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPW/SustainIndy/Bikeways/Pages/Mayors-Bicycle-Advisory-Council.aspx

All who serve on IMBAC work to support Indianapolis' efforts to continue to improve as a bicycle friendly city. 

Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director

Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness

Indianapolis & Greenwood

 

Spring Fever Ride with Mayor Greg Ballard

By: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Event Name:  Spring Fever Ride with Mayor Greg Ballard

Date & Time: Saturday, April 12, 4pm to 6pm. Check-in begins at 3pm.

Location: Check in at Major Taylor Velodrome, 3649 Cold Spring Rd
OR White River State Park, 801 West Washington Street

Website: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPW/SustainIndy/Bikeways/Pages/Spring-Fever-Ride.aspx

About this Event: Join Mayor Greg Ballard for the 2014 Spring Fever Ride presented by Reconnecting to our Waterways!

This year's Spring Fever Ride will feature the White River Wapahani Trail, which extends nearly seven miles from the Major Taylor Velodrome near 38th Street past Riverside Park, through White River State Park to near Raymond Street.

Along the trail, you'll be able to stop along the way to visit points of interests and learn more about how ROW is helping neighbors strengthen waterways, and in turn, helping waterways strengthen neighborhoods and how you can get involved!

 

Bicycle Garage Indy's Upcoming Events blog lists events of interest to our friends, fans and customers.  For information on listing your your event, use this form on bgindy.com.

 

For more Bicycle Garage Indy In-Store and Sponsored events, watch the Bicycle Garage Indy Calendar: www.bgindy.com/for/calendar.